Gifting DIY: Hot Pads

They are a snap to sew up and the fabric combinations are endless.


materials needed to make the DIY



  • 1/2 yard of top fabric
  • 1/2 yard bottom fabric
  • 1/2 yard Insulbright
  • 2 packages extra wide double fold bias tape 


layering the fabrics for the DIY oven mitt

Layer the pieces sandwiched together as they would be sewn.  Bottom fabric wrong side up, 2 layers of Insulbright, and top fabric right side up

Gifting DIY: Hot Pads

Cut out your rough piece of 8.5: wide by 11″ long

Gifting DIY: Hot Pads

Draw a diagonal line from the top left to bottom right.  I used a water soluble pencil

Gifting DIY: Hot Pads

Pin along the line and sew a line right down the mark

Gifting DIY: Hot Pads

Using your straightedge, draw another line 1″ away from the first line. Sew. 

Gifting DIY: Hot Pads

Continue across the whole piece

Gifting DIY: Hot Pads

Now cut the piece down to 7″ wide by 9.5″ long.  This is your final size.  Make sure to cut straight and that your fabric pattern is straight

Gifting DIY: Hot Pads

Using a spool of thread as your guide, round each corner

Gifting DIY: Hot Pads

Pin your binding at the top of the pad, just to the left of the middle

making the trim for the oven mitt

Sew the biding all the way on the front of the pad.  Leave a tail about 5″ long past the meet up point at the top

Gifting DIY: Hot Pads

Now fold the biding up over the edges (trim the corners a bit if needed)

sewing the binding of the oven mitt

Now, flip it over and pin the trim down.  Make sure to use alot of pins so you can catch the fabric while sewing in the next step

sewing the edge

Flip the pad over and sew from the top right where the bias tape meets the end piece.  Keep your sewing line as close to the edge of the biding as possible, making sure you are catching the fabric underneath

Gifting DIY: Hot Pads

Once you  sew all the way around and meet up at the top again, just follow the bias tape upkeeping it pulled straight. Sew all the way down the 5″ tail that you kept, to close it up.

Making the loop for the hot pad

Adjsut the size of the tail to your liking for the loop.  Loop the fabric to the back and sew down. Voila! Completed hot pads in the colors of your choice.

Finished DIY oven mitt with a pear pattern on the fabric

One gift down!  How many more to go?

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