There was still cooking and wrapping and some decorating to do, plus arranging of tables and setting the places but I still decided I would sit down and sew.
I had fabric left over from the apron I made for my daughter, so I thought I would make her a couple of matching hotpads for Christmas. I expected I could get them done in no time flat. I had bought insulated thermal batting months ago that would be perfect for a hot pad.
I cut front and back fabrics, plus a layer of cotton batting and a layer of the thermal batting, stacked them up nice and neat and quilted with a diamond pattern.
This part really was quick and easy.
The challenge was to add the binding.
I knew that I would need bias binding to go around the curved corners so I checked the web for a tutorial on that and went about making my binding.
Surprisingly, machine sewing the binding around the curves wasn't as bad as I thought, although it did involve lots and lots of pins.
Being in a hurry, of course I screwed up the first time when I went to sew the beginning to the end of the binding.
Ripped it out and reattached the beginning and the end correctly this time.
Now I didn't have much time to get that binding handsewn around to the backside, so I decided to experiment with machine sewing.
I did a stitch-in-the-ditch from the front side, but I wasn't too crazy about how the back looked. (Sorry, didn't have time to take a picture. Didn't want to anyway.)
I decided that a zig zag stitch would be a great decorative way to cover the offending stitches.
I was pleased with the result, and had nothing left to do but sew the binding on the second hot pad. Unfortunately, I also had about nothing left on my spool of thread.
No time to get new thread, so my daughter got these for Christmas, with a promise to finish the binding ASAP.
It was fun to see her open up the box with these inside, and she and I both got a good laugh about my unfinished binding.
Hope everyone had a Merry Christmas! We had an adorable helper to assist with the unwrapping this year:
Yes, I am now one of "those people" who put clothing on their dogs.