Making hot pads is an easy sewing project that will save you money and allow you to customize to your kitchen colors and style. To make them really affordable, you can use scrap fabric on the outside and cut towels or sweatshirts as the fillers. Or purchase coordinating fabric to your kitchen design for a purely tailor-made look. And best yet, these homemade hot pads will last for many years, much longer than store-bought hot pads probably will.
To get you started, here are nine free patterns... available online, from quilted to two-handled to mini.
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These hot pads are very simple to make and can be completely customized to your style. Made with two pieces of cotton fabric and filled with sweatshirt material and polyester batting, this tutorial is perfect for the beginning sewer. The sides are finished with three rows of stitches, and you can add a design to the front by drawing with chalk and then sewing over the lines.
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Another easy, beginner hot pad pattern, these instructions require two 10 x 10-inch pieces of cotton fabric plus a fabric heart to zigzag stitch onto the front of the hot pad. The finished hot pad is adorable and it's perfect for the country-style kitchen.
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Got an old pair of jeans lying around? Don't throw them in the donate pile—put them to good use with this recycled denim potholder pattern. These step by step instructions show you how to make a jeans hot pad, a great project for teenagers learning how to sew (just like the jeans half apron pattern). The hot pads are sewn with a back pocket on one side to "up" the coolness factor. A great gift for the college student or the young professional with a new apartment.
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If you prefer hot pads that you can slip your hands into, this is an easy pattern instruction and fantastic tutorial you will love. Connected by an attractive strip of coordinating fabric, the two oven mitts are trimmed with mini pom-poms, giving this two-handed pot holder a bit of whimsy. These slip-on hot pads are perfect for carrying a casserole to a potluck and getting loaf pans out of the oven.Continue to 5 of 9 below.
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Sometimes, smaller is better! Regular-sized potholders can often be cumbersome when removing pans with diminutive handles, but these little hot pad grabbers are perfect. The instructions and pattern create adorable, small hot pads that you slip your fingers into, making it a cinch lift out hot dishes from the oven or microwave.
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If your bin of fabric scraps is overflowing, it is the perfect time to make these "scrapbuster" pot holders. This pattern for hot pads uses strips of leftover fabric to make lovely hot pads that you can completely customize to fit your kitchen colors and style. And they make great housewarming gifts, too!
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Basically a giant oven mitt with two pockets, this two-handed potholder is perfect to use when removing large casserole dishes from the hot oven. This easily sewn double-mitt hot pad is used with two hands to safely lift hot pans and carry them to the dinner table. A strip of terry cloth (you can use an old towel) is finished at each end with a quilted pocket you can completely customize with your own fabric and trim.
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While you don't have to use polka dot fabric to make these hot pads, the polka dot pattern certainly looks adorable and adds a bit of brightness and whimsy to any kitchen. This easy-to-make hot pad is quilted, making it both stylish and functional. And the coordinating loop allows you to hang it up for everyone to see your beautiful work.Continue to 9 of 9 below.
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These cute, sunny, oval-shaped potholders are perfect for grabbing the handle of a hot pot lid, but also have so many other uses, such as coasters, mug and soup bowl "rugs", and egg cozies. Pretty enough to keep out on your kitchen counter, the pot holder is easy to sew and can make good use of your fabric scraps.