Before we get started today with our fun little
trivets and hot pads tutorial, I wanted to mention that I have now converted all of the quilt along quilt patterns ("Studly & The Mrs., "Simple Things", "Half-Pint" and "Between Charming Friends") into PDF patterns for you to download! Links are to your left! This way, you don't have to scroll through several posts for all of the instructions :0).
Alright, let's talk kitchen goodies, girls!
I just love Dresden blocks, don't you? And right now, I'm especially in love with these
what I call "Chunky" Dresdens. There are only 12 fat little petals/blades in each block, and a nice big, round circle.
My hot pads were in really bad shape, and I threw out my old trivets when we moved. So, I thought I'd put my love of Chunky Dresdens to practical use – and thought it would be fun to share a tutorial with you sweet girls. The hot pads are 7 ½" finished, and the trivets are 6", 9", 12", and 15" finished. This way, we have some for our little and big pots and pans.
Here are the pattern templates from EQ7 for each block I used in PDF Format for you to Download:
These blocks would also make adorable quilts, so if you don't need trivets, I thought maybe you might enjoy them for quilting purposes!
Here are the supplies you will need:
12 – 2 ½" Squares for Blades
1 – 4 ½" Square for Center
1 – 8" Square for Backing
1 – 8" Square Batting (or Insul-Bright)
12 – 3 ¼" Squares for Petals
1 – 6" Square for Center
1 – 11" Square for Backing
1 – 11" Square Batting
12 – 4" Squares for Petals
1 – 7" Square for Center
1 – 14" Square for Backing
1 – 14" Square Batting
12 – 5" Squares for Petals
1 – 9" Square for Center
1 – 17" Square for Backing
1 – 17" Square Batting
Hot Pads (for Two)
50 – 2" Squares
2 – 9 ½" Squares for Backing
2 – 9 ½" Squares Insul-Bright
8 – 8 ½" Strips ½" Lace (Optional)
2 – 2" x 44" Strips for Binding
Optional: 10 – 2" White Squares for Stamping or Fussy Cut, and 40 – 2" Multi-Colored Squares, 2 Buttons for Hanging Loops, and 4 – 3 ½" squares for stamped blocks on back
Making Templates for Trivets
I printed the pattern templates out twice (to cut one with and one without the seam allowance). To make file folder templates (my templates to store and use repeatedly), glue the printed template paper (I use a glue stick) to a file folder. I only cut one center circle and one petal/blade for each block from file folders.
To make your freezer paper templates, trace the template without the seam allowance on the non-shiny side of your freezer paper. Iron the shiny side of that paper to the dull side another sheet of freezer paper, and cut out on the line. You will need one center circle and 12 petals/blade templates for each trivet you make. Note: You can reuse your freezer paper templates two or three times.
REMEMBER: You are using the template with no seam allowance.
Making the Trivets
1. Iron the freezer paper template to the wrong side of the fabric for your center and your 12 petals/blades. I used several different fabrics for mine, but I think they'd be cute with the same color petals, too.
2. Carefully cut around the outside of the template, leaving a ¼" seam allowance on all sides. Note: For the circles, I like to leave a bit larger seam allowance (about 3/8th's inches). For the petals/blades, I used a rotary cutter on all of the straight sides (placing my ¼" line on the template line). For the rounded edges, I used my file folder template with seam allowance to trim the petals/blades more accurately.
3. Leaving your templates on your pieces, give them a quick press. Note: You can remove the templates if you'd like, I left them in because it was easier to see, and made the stitching easier for me (especially the curves around the petals).
4. Lay out your twelve petals in the order you would like them to be stitched.
5. Place two petals right sides together, and stitch along the side. Add another petal and stitch, until you've stitched all twelve together. Then, fold the block in half, and stitch your first and last petal together.
6. Leaving the templates in, press the seams open.
7. With your file folder template (without the seam allowance) carefully mark your pivot points with a dot with your pencil (just at the corner where the template changes directions).
8. Make your quilt sandwich. Batting on the bottom, then backing fabric (be sure it is face up), and then your Dresden (face down) – so that your backing and top are faced right sides together, as we will be turning them inside out.
9. Using the templates as a guide, stitch all the way around your Dresden plate, pivoting at your pivot markings.
10. Trim off the excess batting and backing at the ¼" seam allowance.
Clip your inner points, and around the curve of your petals. I'm pretty brutal with my trimming – there is quite a bit of bulk so I trim the entire edge down to closer to 1/8".
11. Turn right side out, and press.
12. Align your circle in the middle and hand applique it to the center.
To make the center circle, I use the corn-starch method. You can spray some starch in a bowl or make your own (1 heaping ¼ tsp. corn starch and ¼ cup warm water – mix well). Then, using a paint brush, paint the corn starch on a two inch section.
Pull the fabric over gently with your fingers and press, working your way around the entire circle.
Leave the freezer paper template in until you are ready to applique your circle.
When you are read, give the circle a quick press, and carefully pull away the seam allowance from the template. Press again, and you're ready to stitch.
13. Quilt as desired. I quilted a cross-hatch in the center, and then quilted about ¼" around each petal. I used masking tape instead of marking lines in the center
Voila – one very pretty little trivet to brighten up your kitchen.
These are so simple, I'll be quick here.
1. Lay out your 2" squares in 5 rows of 5 squares each.
2. Stitch the squares together to make your rows.
3. Stitch your five rows together.
4. Make your quilt sandwich backing (facing out), batting, and hot pad top (facing up) – standard quilt sandwich as there will be no turning here.
5. Quilt as desired.
6. Pin your lace to each side of your hot pad and stitch using 1/8" seam.
7. Lay your binding over the lace, and bind! Easy Peasy!
But, they make really pretty little hot pads, no?
Optional: You can use a piece of your left over batting to make a hanging hood. Trim your binding to one inch wide (1/2" when folded). Press the raw edges in ¼" on each side to make a 3 ¾" x ¼" piece.
Run a stitch just inside the edge to close up the strip.
Attach both ends to the top center of the hot pad, and cover with a pretty button!
Such fun little hot pads :0)!!
I almost like the back better than the front (it happens to me sometimes :0)!
My daughter Kate wants a set, so I'll be making more – which is fine with me because these were really fun to sew
Hope you enjoyed this tutorial, and that you have fun stitching up some pretty little trivets and hot pads of your own. These would also make great little gifts – for house warmings or Christmas don't ya think? If you do stitch some up, I hope you'll send me a picture – I'd love to see them!
Have a wonderful weekend girls!