I have been making a ton of quilts out of my Reunion fabric line. A few weeks ago I realized I have all these little pieces and scraps that will just never make it into a quilt. So I started sewing them together and was trying to figure out what to do with them. Tanya walked into the room and said what are those hot pad's and so well yep I guess that is what they are. I ended up making I think 13? Any way these are the first 4 done. I have never figured out how to do the flip the inside out side (no bind method) of hot pad making so these are all going to be bound just like a quilt (since I am getting pretty good at that). When I got them all done my wife again points at them and asks me where is the loop so they can hang up. I quickly pointed out that not one of our own hot pads are hung up, so these will just have to live with out them.
So I have not asked a question for a while but now feel compelled to ask one. When you make hot pads what is your preferred size, shape, binding method. How many layers of batting, type of thread etc do you use. For those curious my wife gave me some cotton thread for these (she says it won't melt, though I am not so worried about the thread, more worried about my hands melting). As for construction I put 1 layer of cotton batting and one layer of insul bright (though I can't figure out why the 2 sides look different, is one the top and one that bottom? Oh wait that's a new question). These hot pads were made of 8 1/2 inch square (well they were squared off and cut down after quilting as every thing seems to shift when quilting these buggers) so they end up more 8 inch (or there about) square. Of course no loop thing as I have not a clue how too hook one on and still make it look like an adult and not a 4 year old sewed them together.