Handmade Gifts 2014- Easy Vintage Tablecloth Fabric Handmade Hot Pads




02-DSC_0886Hey everyone! I hope you all are really enjoying the holiday season this year! The holidays are rapidly approaching, so I wanted to share one last handmade gift diy with you all. I needed an extra little gift for my mamas this year. I know they always love gifts for the kitchen, so I thought I’d whip up some quick hot pads for them! Hot pads are a super easy sewing projects and you can whip up a bunch in just an hour or so. These hot pads are a great use of larger scraps of fabrics you may have at home too! I use cutter tablecloths a lot in my crafting projects and I also make totes with them for my shop. I always end up with large scraps from them, so I knew they would be perfect. The old prints are incredibly charming as well! 

Here’s What You Need:

*Vintage Tablecloth Scraps

*Large Scraps of Cotton Fabric


*Heat Resistant Batting

*Basting Spray

*Ribbon or Trim

*Rotary Cutter and Self Healing Mat

*Quilting Ruler

*Marking Pen


*Sewing Machine and Thread



First gather all your supplies. Cut a front and back fabric piece to 9″ square. Cut a piece of batting and a piece of your heat resistant batting to 8″ square.


Spray both your batting pieces with basting spray on one side.


Center your batting pieces onto the wrong sides of the front piece and the back fabric piece, basting spray or sticky side down. Smooth out and iron.


Cut a piece of ribbon or trim to 4″ or so. Fold the ribbon and stack the ends at the bottom to make a loop.


Now sandwich your loop in between the right sides of the front and back pieces in one corner. Lay the loop so the loop is towards the center and the ends are in the seam allowance area. You also want the right side of the ribbon to be facing the right side of the front fabric piece.


Pin the layers together. Place a pin where your loop is too to keep it in place.


Stitch all the way around the square with a 1/2″ seam allowance, leaving a couple inches open at the bottom for turning.


Clip corners.



Turn your fabric right side out and iron.


Top stitch about 1/8 to 1/4″ away from the edge all the way around.




Now, you can leave your potholder with just the edges stitched or you can top stitch a little pattern on the top to quilt it. I stitched across mine diagonally to form an x on each pot holder. Finish off your hot pad by snipping any excess threads and giving a good iron. Voila! Easy, right!




01-DSC_0887I LOVE these little hot pads! They are so much fun to make, I may have to make a few for my kitchen too! I know there are tons of tutorials on how to make pot holders and hot pads. This may not be the very best way to make one, it’s just how I have always made mine. You can really have fun with these and personalize them to your gift recipients style and color scheme. The vintage fabrics work well for my mamas since they all love pretty cottage prints. You can use your favorite fabric prints, funk it up with some ribbon, stitch a little ricrac to the edges. A few of these packaged sweetly make a wonderful stand alone gift, or use them to make a kitchen gift basket extra special. I hope you all will give this diy a go sometime. I think you’ll love it! I’ll be back soon with some fun holiday wrapping ideas. Until then…

Happy Crafting!

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17 Responses

  1. I really like this idea and I will also make some with the unstained areas of old cloth tablecover.
    May need to use thicker batting or double.
    i’ll let you know grannykatzpaw

  2. Love all your things. Do you have any pot pads for sale?

    • Hi Carol! Thank you! I do not have hot pads already made for sale, but I am always happy to make a custom order. I will probably be adding some to my shop in January :)

  3. So pretty! I need pot holders for myself desperately..the store bought ones are so thin and “so not pretty”..and, these can match the little coasters you had awhile back.
    Thank you for all your tutorials..I always look forward to the sweet and colorful things you make & share..they inspire me to blow the dust off my sewing machine & dig into my fabric stash. :)

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  5. Those are soooo cute!!! I’ve got a Craft Gossip post scheduled for later this morning that links to your tutorial:

  6. What a surprise to see your blog post and see that I have an old dishtowel made from that exact same table cloth you used for the hot pad that’s on the right in your group pix! Massive coincidence or popular print, who knows? Great blog post.

  7. Such a fun way to use vintage tablecloths – I will be trying this out for sure!

  8. Peggy Rowland

    What do you use for the base for upcycled ornaments using the plastic wine glasses?

  9. These are very pretty! I have done also a couple to offer this Christmas :)! Thank you for the tutorial!