How to Sew a Casserole Pot Holder

How to Sew a Casserole Dish Hot Pad

By Erin Huffstetler | 06/21/2019 | No Comments

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Protect your table and counters from hot casserole dishes with these large hot pads. They’re sized to fit under a 9″ x 13″ baking dish with room to spare.

And since they only take 30 minutes, and a small amount of fabric, to make, you may want to consider whipping up some extras for gifts.

Fabric and Batting Pieces for Casserole Hot Pads

What You Need:

A 10″ x 14″ piece of 100% cotton fabric for the front
A 13 x 17″ piece of 100% cotton fabric for the back
A 10″ x 14″ piece of Insul-Bright batting
(2) 10″ x 14″ pieces of batting (I used Warm & White)
100% cotton thread
A ruler
Sewing pins
A sewing machine (This is the machine that I have)

Optional (but nice to have):

An air or water-soluble marker
A self-healing cutting mat
A rotary cutter (This is what I have)
A walking foot for your sewing machine

Warning: Be sure to use 100% cotton fabric and thread. Poly and cotton/poly blends may melt, when they come into contact with hot dishes. Since Insul-Bright batting contains aluminum, these hot pads aren’t microwave safe.

What You Do:

Measure One-Half Inch In on All Sides

Lay your 13″ x 17″ piece of fabric on your work surface, good side facing down. Measure 1.5″ in on all sides, and make a mark.

Layer All the Pieces of Your Casserole Hot Pad

Center a piece of batting between your marks. Then, layer on the Insul-Bright, the other piece of batting and your 10″ x 14″ fabric. Use several pins to hold the layers together, so they won’t shift when you’re sewing.

Draw Pattern for Quilting

Use an air or water-soluble marker (or another marking tool) to draw a pattern onto the top layer for quilting. I just drew a diagonal line from each corner to form an “X”. Then, bisected the “X” with two more lines. But, you may want to do something different.

Quilted Casserole Hot Pad

Use your sewing machine to stitch along the lines that you drew. If you have a walking foot, I definitely recommend using it. It’ll make all of those thick layers more manageable.

Fold the Top and Bottom Edges of the Backing Down to From the Binding for Your Hot Pad

When you’re done quilting your hot pad, lay it back on your work surface, good side facing up. Then, fold the backing fabric in half on the long sides, so it meets with the edge of the rest of your layers. This will create the binding for your hot pad.

Trim a Rectangle Out of the Corners to Reduce Bulk

Trim a little rectangle out of the corners to eliminate some of the bulk. This will make it easier for your sewing machine to stitch through all the layers.

Then, fold the binding down on the long sides to create the finished edge for your hot pad. Pin the binding in place.

To create the binding for the short sides, just fold the edges like a present.

Fold the Corners in on the Short Sides

Start by folding the corners in to create a triangle.

Fold the Binding in on the Short Sides of the Hot Pad

Then, fold the binding in half, so it meets the edge …

Fold the Binding Over the Edges of the Hot Pad on the Short Sides

and finish by folding it over the edge of the hot pad. Pin the binding in place. You should now have four neat, mitered corners.

Sew the  Binding Down

Sew the binding down, 1/8″ from the edge; trim your threads, and your hot pad is ready to use!

Casserole Dish With Casserole Hot Pad

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