Spring is my all time favorite time of year! Tulips … warmer weather … longer days … greener grass. It also means that Mother’s Day is just around the corner! Today I’m sharing a fun handmade gift idea … perfect for Mother’s Day (especially if your mom loves to cook and bake!) … A DIY Stenciled Hot Pad Holder!
It’s the perfect practical and pretty gift for Mom! You can customize this however you wish and match the colors to her kitchen! I also have a free printable tag to go with!
Now … you do need a sewing machine, and you do have to know how to sew straight lines to make a square, but other than that, this project is actually pretty basic!
Here’s what you’ll need ….
- Canvas Fabric … I actually used an old drop cloth! You will only need two 9″ squares from this fabric.
- Insulated Batting (the brand I used was Insul-Bright from JoAnn). Basically, it’s just heat resistant batting. You’ll need enough for two 9″ squares.
- Regular Batting (enough for one 9″ square)
- Piping or double fold bias tape
- Two colors of craft paint
- Paint brush
- Letter Stencils
- Stenciling brush / pouncer
- Painter’s tape
- Free Printable Tag (download yours HERE)
And here’s how to create it (it actually is pretty easy despite the number of steps pictured below, I promise) …
- Cut your fabric, batting, and Insul-Bright into the pieces listed below:
- Two 9″ squares out of canvas (drop cloth) material.
- Two 9″ squares out of Insul-Bright
- One 9″ square out of the regular batting.
- Grab ONE of your canvas squares and roughly tape off half using painters tape as shown.
- Using a foam brush, paint half the square using your craft paint (or fabric paint).
- Once the paint is dry (about 1.2 – 2 hours), stencil on your letters using another color of paint and a pouncer.
- Allow your letters to dry.
- Now, grab all of your squares.
- Using the unpainted canvas square, sew the piping around the edge. If you fabric has a right side, you’ll want to sew this around the edge of the right side. Make sure the piping is towards the inside and the trim is to the outside. Here’s a close up of how it should look:
- Next, cut a small strip (~6″-8″) of the piping and create a loop for one corner. This loop will get sewn into the corner. Lay your painted square face UP … add your loop to one corner (look facing into the center as shown), then lay your unpainted and piped square on top face DOWN.
- Next, make a sandwich with all your squares as follows: lay one insul-bright square down, then batting, then another insult-bright, then your canvases (that should already be facing each other).
- Pin that sandwich together.
- Sew around the edges, but leave a gap (~2″ on one side to allow you to flip your hot pad holder right side out).
- Trim any excess fabric on the corners, then flip the hot pad holder right side out.
- Iron the square and fold the extra fabric in at the gap. Sew a top stitch around the entire square, closing the gap. I also added several diagonal ‘quilting’ lines for some added interest and durability.
- Add your TAG and …
Perfect homemade gift for your mom this year! And … if your mom is anything like mine, she could use a new hot pad holder (very badly!!).
Download the tags HERE (there are a couple options to choose from):
It would also be fun to add in some matching wooden utensils (check out the easy tutorial for those HERE):
I hope you are having a wonderful Spring and enjoying some nice weather! If you like this project, I have a couple others that you might be interested in:
DIY Anthropologie Inspired Tea and Crumpets Apron
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