This will further exercise your sewing machine, but mostly your glue. I think of a hot pad as something protective and flexible that you hold in your hand, and since these are inflexible and sit on the table, I call them "cloth trivets."
- Two 5" to 10" squares of cardboard (will cut into circles)
- One piece polyester or cotton batting to fit cardboard
- Two pieces of fabric 3" larger than the diameter of your cardboard circles (muslin, scrap, or to coordinate with washable cover)
- One piece fabric 6" larger than the diameter of your cardboard circles
- Tacky glue
- 1/4" elastic, as long as the circumference of your cardboard circles
- Cut a couple identical discs out of corrugated cardboard. Jackie had a variety of sizes, from 5" to about 10".
- Glue cotton or polyester quilt batting to one side of one disc, extending a quarter inch bit over the edges. This is the top of your hot pad.
- Cut two circles of your chosen fabric about 3 inches larger in diameter than the cardboard circle . This can be muslin, scrap fabric, or you may want to choose a fabric that coordinates with the washable cover you will make.
- Clip edges of the fabric circles, about 3/4" - 1" clips.
- Set the plain disc down on the wrong side of the fabric and use Tacky Glue to apply fabric tightly and smoothly to the disc edges. Clipping first will help.
- Set the other disc, batting side down, on the wrong side of the other fabric, and do the same as step #5.
- You don't have to wait for drying, but can immediately spread glue on the back of one of the discs, and press the two together. Putting them under a weight (i.e. phone book or iron skillet) while drying helps.
- From your choice of decorative, washable fabric, cut a circle about 5 - 6" larger in diameter than the cloth trivet.
- Fold and sew down the edge all around so that it will accommodate 1/4" elastic. Insert elastic and tighten just enough so that it will hold tightly around the cloth trivet and yet be easily removed for washing or to change your color scheme.
- When not in use for table protection, use these for an indoor Frisbee tournament. No, on second thought, outside would be better.
Note: As of 1/17/09, I haven't made any, but they are still on my to-do list - maybe for next Christmas.