Hot pads live a hard life, or at least they do in my kitchen. Stains, rips, thin or burnt(!) spots, are inevitable. I needed a few new hot pads so I decided to sew some. While I was at it I thought of a few friends and family on my gift list who might be able to use a set too. They spend their fair share of time in the kitchen cooking and baking. My boys guessed on the first try which hot pads were for who. So rather than completely give away their gifts I’ll share just the hot pads I made for my kitchen. The first two are just fabric scraps I like and then I made some to match my new apron.
I looked at this tutorial to get me going. The square ones are a cinch; the mitts are a tad more complicated but doable. Go ahead, get the sewing machine out, make your own kitchen a bit more festive this holiday season, or make a few new hot pads for the cooks in your life.
I’ve noticed that even though it isn’t Halloween yet, never mind Thanksgiving, a lot of stores have aisles of Christmas decorations on display. It seems earlier every year. While I don’t understand it I do find it to be a good reminder to get started on crafting gifts for the holidays. This way there’s a chance I might finish them all in time.
Now, for all my friends and relatives this will be a spoiler for somebody. I won’t say who but if you don’t want any clues to what you may be receiving this year then look no further.
The Prismatic scarf (free pattern on Ravelry) is great for those multicolored skeins. The colors are high lighted yet not over whelming. The pattern is a fairly simple 12 row repeat. I find a row counter to be a handy way to keep track of where I am between rows. I have a little ways to go yet so the scarf hasn’t been blocked.
This past weekend my best friend held a birthday party for her two little ones. They’re the same age as my two oldest and have a lot of the same interests. My boys and I collaborated to make them each a gift. We decided they might enjoy a portable art kit, complete with crayons, paper, scissors, glue stick, and colored glitter glue.
For the younger of the two (a girl) the boys picked out a fleece cat print. Our friends recently got a kitten and my boys LOVE their cats so the cat print was voted the obvious choice. The fleece was thick so this was a “no-sew” project. Just cut slits, not too wide or the art supplies will slip out, and fold/ roll it up. To keep it closed I sewed on two buttons and cut to tiny slits in the far edge.
For the older of the two (a boy) my boys picked out batman fabric. All the boys love batman, and superheros, ninjas etc. Since this fabric was thin cotton I padded it so the crayons wouldn’t break and the kit wouldn’t be flimsy. I sewed on a pocket to hold the paper and little “tubes” to hold the rest. This one folds in thirds and ties closed.
Ready to go: in the car, to an appointment or restaurant, outside or just around the house.