Chinese New Year is just around the corner! You can create a simple quilted horse hot pad to celebrate, because 2014 is the Year of the Wooden Horse. Because I didn’t have any horse fabric, I drew a template that I could use to bleach horse silhouettes onto blocks of cotton fabric.
I had some Asian-inspired fabric on hand for the border, but of course you can use any color to match your space – for Chinese New Year or beyond! I’ll likely make another coordinating horse hot pad and a matching table runner to complete the look.
And – bloopers happen on blogs, just like in the movies! If you want to see what happens when bleach drips in *all* the wrong places, read through to the end for my hilarious “outtake” of the horse hot pad tutorial:)
Here’s what you’ll need!
* Template for the horse
* Black high-quality cotton fabric, cut into an 8in x 8in (20cm x 20cm) square (black bleaches best!)
* Bleach and small (non-food) bowl to pour a small quantity of bleach into
* Clean paint brush
* Coordinating scraps of fabric cut into two (2), 8in x 1 1/4in (20cm x 3cm) strips and two (2) 10in x 1 1/4in (25cm x 3 cm) strips for the border
* Piece of cotton batting (wadding) cut into an 11in x 11in (28cm x 28cm) square. Don’t use synthetic – it might melt under a hot pot!
* Piece of cotton fabric cut into an 11in x 11in (28cm x 28cm) square for the backing fabric
* Enough fabric for the hot pad binding; see this binding tutorial from Cluck, Cluck, Sew
* White quilter’s pencil
* A few safety pins
* Red perle cotton thread, size 8, and a hand-sewing needle with an eye that will accommodate the perle cotton
* Sewing machine and regular sewing supplies such as scissors, thread, iron, etc.
Horse Hot Pad Tutorial
Print and cut out the center of the horse template. Prepare a small area where you can work with the bleach (as in – not on your new carpet!). Fold the black square in half, then in half again, to find the center. Open the square and place the template in the middle of the square, using your creases as guides.
Pour a small amount of bleach into your non-food bowl and paint the bleach on the fabric, inside the template, while holding the template down tightly (below.) Don’t lift the fabric, or else the bleach might drip! Wait for the bleach to dry before continuing with the other steps.
Next, take the two 8in x 1 1/4in (20cm x 3cm) strips and place one along the top and the other along the bottom of the square, right sides together. Sew with a 1/4in (6mm) seam allowance. Press the seam allowances toward the inside. Next, sew the 10in x 1 1/4in (25cm x 3 cm) strips along the sides in the same manner.
Use the white pencil to write “2014” onto the center square. (I had to erase mine and start over! You can wet it down later to erase the marks if you also make the same mistake.) Layer the batting (wadding) under the horse block, and then layer the backing under the batting (below).
Pin the layers together using the safety pins. With the perle cotton, use quilting stitches or embroidery stitches to embellish the “2014.”
Bring the horse hot pad back to the sewing machine and stitch in the ditch between the center and the border (shown where my fingers are pointing below). Next, trim the excess batting and backing fabric even with the top.
Bind the hot pad according to the great tutorial from Cluck, Cluck, Sew.
SewMcCool Blog Outtake
Yes, bleach drips. So don’t pick up the square of fabric until it’s dry! Or you could end up turning your mare into a stud, like I did, LOL!!! I promise I did *not* do this on purpose.
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