How to Sew a Hot Pad


DIY Mickey Mouse Easy to Sew Hot Pad Easy DIY Sewing Pattern

“You're dead if you aim only for kids. Adults are only kids grown up, anyway.” -Walt Disney


How to Make an Easy to Sew Hot Pad


Since I had fabric scraps leftover from my How to Make a Pillow Cover project, I figured I might as well use them. Here is another one of my “easy things to sew projects” that I have been making for years. If you are looking for a way to use up some old scrap pieces of fabric or are looking for homemade gift ideas, this one is perfect.



Of course, I am extremely cheap and keep everything. Because, you know, one day I might need it. Thank goodness I kept a scrap piece of black fabric. I have no recollection of what I possibly could have made with it. But I guess I must have made something.


Thanks to my frugal (hoarding) nature, I did not have to purchase anything to complete this folded hot pad pattern.



DIY Mickey Mouse Easy to Sew Hot Pad Easy DIY Sewing Pattern


How to Sew a Hot Pad

This is one of my all-time favorite DIY sewing projects. I have used it for many years and have used hot pads as gifts, craft fair items, and kept some for myself. They are so easy to make.




Prewash Your Fabric

For most projects, you should prewash your fabric before sewing. However, I will be the first to admit, I hate this step and sometimes skip it. Every time I do, I regret it. This is because most of the items I make need to be washed at some point. Then, when I dry them, they shrink and do not fit properly.


Since these were scrap pieces and I am lazy, I skipped this step.


Supplies Needed:


Measuring and Cutting Your Fabric

You can make these hot pads any size you like. I have made them from 10” to 12.” Since my Mickey Mouse fabric was narrow, I used 10” for this project.


Cut the fabric squares for your hot pad. You can either measure each piece individually or make a template. I cheated and made a 10” x 10” template out of cardboard.


Before you start cutting, decide how you want the finished potholder to look. My plan, to begin with, was to make all the front square Mickey Mouse and the back black. But once I started cutting my fabric, I thought it looked better with alternating black and Mickey Mouse squares.


Since I only had enough black fabric to cut 2-10” x 10” squares, I had to use a piece of Mickey Mouse fabric for the inside square. If you do not have enough fabric, you can always use another scrap piece of fabric for this piece. Since it is inside, nobody will see it anyway.


Here are the squares I used. You can use the same or change it up. The choice is yours.

4 - 10” Squares of patterned fabric

2 – 10” Squares of solid fabric



Instructions for making a DIY Pillow Cover:

Now let’s get to the fun part. You can even make these if you are a horrible sewer like me. Since the finished hot pad is flipped right side out, your sewing is hidden.


1. Collect all your supplies.


2. Iron your Pre-washed fabric. This will make it easier to work with.


3. Cut your fabric. For this project, I used a 10” square cardboard template. Cute 4-10” square pieces of the patterned fabric and 2-10” square pieces of the solid fabric.


4. Cut 2-10” squares of Insul-Bright. Or you could use 1 square of Insul-Bright and 1-10” square of cotton batting.


DIY Mickey Mouse Easy to Sew Hot Pad Easy DIY Sewing Pattern

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5. Take 2 squares of the patterned fabric and 2 squares of the solid fabric. Fold all 4 squares in half. Iron each one to get a nice crease.



DIY Mickey Mouse Easy to Sew Hot Pad Easy DIY Sewing Pattern


6. Place one square of your patterned fabric face down. Use one of the pieces that you did not iron in half. This piece will be the inside of the DIY potholder. If you are using a piece of scrap fabric, that does not match the other pieces, use it here.


DIY Mickey Mouse Easy to Sew Hot Pad Easy DIY Sewing Pattern


7. Place the 2 squares of Insul-Bright on top.



DIY Mickey Mouse Easy to Sew Hot Pad Easy DIY Sewing Pattern


8. Place the other unfolded square of patterned fabric face up on top of the pile. This piece will end up being the back of the potholder.