Heart Hot Pad In-The-Hoop


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These Hot Pads are made entirely in the hoop with just a small opening for turning. They are great for placement mats also. If you resize them they make great mug rugs or Christmas tree decorations.

What you need:

  • Embroidery hoop 200x200mm or 260x260mm
  • Embroidery file (Available now in the machine blog for mySewnet-enable embroidery machines and in mySewnet Library Dec 22nd)
  • Stabilizer for the hoop (I used old cotton bed sheet, It will not be visible when finished and makes the hotpad softer)
  • Heat resistant batting 12x12” (30x30cm)
  • Fabric for the back 12x12” (30x30cm)
  • Fabric for the hanger, 8x3 ¼” (20x8cm)
  • Red and green cotton fabric for the patchwork front.
  • Sewing thread (use ordinary sewing thread for this project.)

Make the handle(s):

A: For each handle you need a strip 3 ¼” (8cm) wide and 8” (20cm) long. If you plan to make many hearts you can make a long strip and sub cut it into 8”(20cm) pieces after folding and stitching.
B: Fold the strip lengthwise and fold it out again.
C: Fold the edges towards the center fold.
D: Fold it all together
E: Now you have a ¾ ”(2cm) strip.
F: Topstitch close to the edge on both sides.

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Stitching out the design

1. Hoop the stabilizer (in this case an old cotton bedsheet or similar).

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2. Stitch out the first color, this will make the placement line for the batting.

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3. Place batting on top, make sure it extends outside the placement stitches on all sides, stitch out color 2.

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4. Color 2 will secure the batting and mark the patchwork areas.

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5. Remove hoop and cut away excess batting.

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6. Place the first fabric piece in the middle, right side facing up on the middle square. Make sure the fabric extends outside the stitched line on all sides.

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7. Stitch out the next color (3) this will secure the center fabric piece. Cut away excess fabric, leave about ¼” (6mm). Place the next fabric piece along the left top side of the square. The fabric should be facing right side down.

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8. Stitch next color (4). This will stitch the fabric in place.

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9. Unfold and turn the right side up, secure with some masking tape.

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10. Stitch the next color, (5) this will secure the fabric piece.

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11. Cut away excess fabric, leaving about ¼” (6mm) around the edges.

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12. Place the next fabric piece along the top right edge of the center square, right side facing down. Stitch next color (6), this will sew the fabric piece in place.

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13. Fold out and secure with masking tape, stitch next color(7), this will secure the fabric piece in place. Cut away excess fabric and leave about ¼” (6mm) seam allowance.

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14. Continue as before with the two last patches in the first row, now it will look like this:

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15. Now it is time for the next row (green) Place the fabric along the top of the first row,Right side of fabric facing down, raw edges even.

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16. Stitch in place (color13) , fold out and secure with next color(14)now it will look like this:

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17. Continue in a clockwise direction to complete the second row.

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18. Make the third row in the same manner, changing to red color fabric. Start at the left side of the previous row and proceed clockwise around the center.

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19. The finished row will look like this:

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20. Finally we will cover the rounded edges of the heart. Place green fabric right side down along the top edge of the third row, stitch down.

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21. Fold out and stitch next color to secure in place.

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22. Repeat with the other rounded edge.

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23. Now it will look like this:

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24. Stitch out the next color, this will male the quilting on the design. Change thread if needed for the quilting.

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25. Fold the handle double and tape it in place in the corner between the rounded edges. Let the raw edge extend at least ⅜” (1cm) to make it secured to the hotpad.

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26. Stitch next color, this will secure the handle in place.

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27. Time to add the backing fabric. Place the fabric on top of the front piece, make sure it extends outside the outer stitched edge on all sides.

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28. Stitch next color(the last one) This will sew the layers together, leaving a small opening for turning.

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29. Remove the hoop form the machine, un-hoop the hot pad and cut out leaving a ⅛” (3mm) margin except where the opening is, here you need a ⅜”(1cm) seam allowance .

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30. Make small cuts in the corners where the handle is attached. Do not cut in the handle, just the top and bottom fabric layers.

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31. Turn right side out, fold the seam allowances in at the opening. Pin or hand stitch the opening closed.

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32. Topstitch around the edges.

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33. Your hot pad is now finished!

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