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Our handmade Hot Who Hot Pads are looking for a new home and we’re going make sure that happens this week. We’re having a giveaway!

They’re cute. They add character to your kitchen. They’re just waiting to help you bake, cook or grill this summer!

SewMod giveaway

Leave us a comment on the blog. Tell us what your favorite summer food is and we will put your name in the drawing.

My favorite summer grub is Black Bean Salsa.

SewMod Black bean salsa

Recipe:
One can black beans, drained, rinsed
2 Roma tomatoes, diced
Avocado, diced
1/4 cup corn, frozen or canned
1/4 Red onion, diced
1/2 diced jalapeño
1-2 TBSP Fresh cilantro, chopped
Salt, Pepper, lime juice and red wine vinegar to taste.

Mix all ingredients in a bowl, pour yourself a drink, put your feet up, serve up with tortilla chips and enjoy a nice day on your patio with a healthy snack!…but not before you leave your comment for the giveaway!

Giveaway runs from Tuesday, June 10th thru Tuesday, June 17th, 2014. I’ll draw the winner on Wednesday, June 18th. Good luck everyone!

Who? Hot? What? 

Hot Who Hot Pads is our all time best selling pattern. Customers love these! We love these! Our little Hoo samples follow us from quilt show to quilt show and of course the first question by everyone who buys the pattern or kit is…are these hard to make?

SewMod hoo hot pads tutorial

My answer is they’re easy of course! But really…they are. I’ve made a minor adjustment in how I choose to make mine that is different from the pattern instructions and I’d like to share with you how and why I’ve done that.

Why? Because I try to find the easiest and most efficient ways to make shop samples while keeping my quality of work intact simply because I only have so much time to make so many things. And I’m really bad lazy at reading instructions so initially I had just assumed it was to be completed like this.

How? Instead of taking the time to turn the eyes and nose inside out, I appliqued them on with a small zig zag stitch. This made the sewing process…easy peasy…and I’ve also tested this technique by washing and drying these owl babies to ensure that my method doesn’t fall apart or fray away. They came out just like new.

First things first…you’ll need the pattern. We have it back in stock in the Etsy shop. So don’t waste time time hootin’ around. Go get that pattern!

I picked out my fabrics. This is the fun part and the part that takes me the most time!

SewMod hot who hot pads tutorial

Trace all of the eyes, nose and wing parts to the paper side of a piece of Heat ‘n’ Bond.

SewMod hot who hot pad tutorial

Fuse to the back of your fabrics according to the manufacturers directions.

SewMod hot who hot pad tutorial

Cut out your shapes on the drawn line.

SewMod hot who hot pad tutorial

Peel away the paper backing making sure the fusible is still attached to the fabric. Sometimes it’s sneaky and likes to peel away too. You’ll notice your fabric is nice & shiny on the back now.

SewMod hot who hot pad tutorial

Position your pieces on the front body of the hot pad and fuse into place.

SewMod hot who hot pads tutorial

Zig-Zig around all of your fused pieces with coordinating thread.

Layer your fabrics as shown… Insul-Bright, Warm & Natural Batting, back body of owl face up, and front body of owl face down.

SewMod hot who owl hot pads tutorial

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SewMod hot who owl hot pad tutorial

Sew a 1/4″ seam around the body, leaving about 2-3 inches for turning.
Turn right side out through the opening. Press the opening seam in, insert your ribbon holder and top stitch around the owl. There are a lot of layers to go through. I also recommend a heavier needle.

Hot who owl hot pads tutorial

Now that I’ve shown you a simple shortcut to making this hot pad easier, you can get started on some of your own. They make cute gifts for teachers, friends, bakers and your Mama might appreciate some too!

Or, if your shortcut consists of purchasing a pair of hot pads then your in luck too! These cuties are available in the SewModDesigns Etsy shop under the Handmade category.

Hot who owl hot pad tutorial

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