Well, here we are again with the same tattered vintage quilt that I found at a thrift store…this time with Project #2! To refresh your memory, I found these quilts at a Habitat ReStore in the North Georgia Mountains. I ended up just purchasing one of them…the pretty lady on the left!
Back in April, I decided to use a less-tattered section of the quilt in my salvaged window frame to create the centerpiece of our Spring mantelscape. I love how it turned out, but better yet, I still have a few decent sections of quilt to work with!
For Project #2, I decided to try my hand at creating a large hot pad/trivet to use underneath a casserole dish. In my early Sadie days, I actually created a super simple trivet from my wine cork collection– and I still use it for smaller sauce pans and soup pots. But I was definitely lacking the right hot pad for my favorite glass casserole dish- and the quilt was the perfect project catalyst! This post contains affiliate links for your crafting convenience.
Creating a Hot Pad
First things first, I needed to figure out a good size for my hot pad, using that favorite dish to measure it.
The secret to a DIY hot pad is something magical called Insul-Bright. I’m acting like I knew for a while but in reality, I just discovered it with this project in mind!
To create my hot pad, I sandwiched a rectangle of Insul-Bright between my quilt piece (top layer) and some plain backing fabric (from the remnants bin). And in the spirit of all things quilting, I decided to “stitch” my layers together with Basting Spray. To keep all things safe and clean, I covered my outdoor porch table with plain newsprint (i.e., packing paper), and sprayed each layer individually before layering them on top of each other.
Because I had raw edges along the entire perimeter, I needed to cover them somehow. Traditional bias tape would have been ideal, but because of the layered thickness, I decided to just wrap wide grosgrain ribbon around it. I also loved that this bright blue ribbon with contrasting white stitching was almost an exact replica of the entire backing of the original quilt.
I gave my sewing machine a fun workout with this project (re: thickness) but it handled it like a pro. I even got to try my hand at mitered corners- which turned out ok.
Isn’t it cute? It looks like a miniature version of the original quilt! One last step- I want to hang it from the inside of the same kitchen cabinet where my casserole dishes live, so I stitched a piece of the same ribbon (pressed in half with a scorching hot iron), and a simple D-ring to the back of my hot pad.
The Big Reveal
And there it is! My perfectly adorable, can’t-wait-to-make-enchiladas-now-so-I-can-use-it DIY hot pad!
Oh my gosh, I love making projects with this quilt…now I just gotta decide what I’ll do for Project #3…hmmm…