I made four pot holders/hot pads to enter in Prudent Baby's contest. I would love to win, but I had fun making them none the less, and look forward to having some cute pot holders to use now
this one is made from a scrapped 8' table runner, I had to do a french seam down the middle to piece the existing ends together. Then I scrapped fabric from it to make the Jumbo Rosette
I like this double one, not only because it is so functional, but because it can also be used as a table runner, and would look cute on a table set table, but you can put hot serving dishes on it to protect your table. I just layered a rectangle of fabric (left over drop cloth), a layer of insulation, a second rectangle of drop cloth, and a square of drop cloth at each end (for the pockets. For the bows I used muslin squares and sewed them down the edges of the dropcloth/pocket squares, then I tied a strip around the middle for the center, I cut a fat quarter in half (length wise) and sewed it end to end (so it was 2x as long as I needed). I sewed a basting stitch along the top and along the bottom and then gathered it by pulling one thread thread. After everything was layered and in place, I just sewed bias tape (I just used leftover drop cloth to make some) around the edges
for this one, I bought double fold bias tape to use. First I sewed on the felt flower using this method. Then I layered insulation between my two layers for the hot pad. Finally, I sewed the Bias tape on.
Here I just sewed two doilies on a rectangle of fabric. Then I sewed the insulation to one side. Next I put wrong sides together and sewed around the hot pad, leaving a space for turning. I turned it and used Lace Hem Tape for the border. When I sewed the hem tape on It did a topstitch for me, and closed up the opening. I sewed the top and bottom of the hemtape, making two top stitches