Several months ago, I found these sweet crocheted hot pads at Landrum Eclectics, a favorite vintage shop of mine.
They were dingy but so, so adorable- I mean, who doesn’t love a little clock face? But they sat, a little forgotten, tucked away for a rainy (or in my case, too-hot-for-anything-else) day.
I came up with this simple little project idea out of necessity. Summer weekends, for me, often involve a large tote bag of some sort- for the farmer’s market, the beach, a day trip to the mountains, etc. And I desired a cute little “quick purse” to hold my ID, debit card, a little cash, my lip balm, and car/house keys- like a large coin purse to toss in my tote.
So, when I came across these cute little hot pads while rifling through a craft bin, I put two and two together- literally!– and decided to make a cute little coin purse with the hot pads! This post contains affiliate links for your crafting convenience.
But first, I needed to try and scare off some of the stains. A lengthy soak and a gentle load of laundry later, they were vastly improved! Maybe not perfectly bright white, but oh-so-much better.
Creating a Hot Pad Coin Purse
To make my coin purse a tad sturdier, I purchased some relatively stiff interfacing from the fabric store. Since the hot pads weren’t easy to trace and I keep forgetting to buy a compass from the school supplies aisle, I lucked out with a small bowl that was darn close in diameter.
I traced out two circles and checked them against my hot pads. It looks like I’m making a weird one-dimensional bikini, doesn’t it?
Next, I cut out two complimentary strips of Velcro and pinned them on the interfacing only (i.e., not to the hot pads) before heading to the sewing machine to stitch them on. This way, I didn’t end up with rectangles of visible stitching on each hot pad.
When the Velcro was attached to the interfacing, I then pinned the interfacing on the back of each hot pad.
Again, to avoid extra visible stitching on the hot pads, I initially only stitched the interfacing across the top third of each hot pad. It’ll make sense in a moment.
Once that was done for each pad, I set the two hot pads back-to-back, connected by the Velcro. I was ready to finish my coin purse by stitching the two hot pads together. And thanks to my Velcro closure, I didn’t need pins!
Now, I stitched the hot pads together in the exact opposite space (of the circle) that I had initially stitched the interfacing on. Does that make sense? Basically, I left the top third open/unstitched, and stitched the hot pads together along the bottom two-thirds.
Here, maybe this will help:
This way, I effectively have one seemingly continuous line of stitches visible along the perimeter of each hot pad.
The Big Reveal
When all was said and done, I had a perfect little coin purse/card wallet that. Easy to open, holds what I need, and stays firmly shut.
Isn’t that great? I have another set of round vintage hot pads and I’m already thinking of making myself a second coin purse!