Welcome to the 16th week post of the 52 weeks of hot pads / quilted pot holders.


I thought it would be a great challenge for me to do a pot holder a.k.a hot pads every single week of 2019. (but I am currently falling behind a few weeks , I’ll try and catch up)

I am planning on having it displayed in my kitchen. They make great decor don’t they?

While I am at it, I am going to be sharing with you a simple tutorial on the process.

You can join in the challenge and make the same hot pads I make every week with the same design or any of your own choice.

Can you spot the new hot pad?

Wall of quilted hot pads. Tutorial for each hotpad tutorial on the blog


Cross Bun Hot Pad 

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Things I love & makes this project a lot more fun:

  • This ruler set – perfect size all of them 
  • This rotating mat – can’t imagine one without this these days. 
  • This Spray Baste – have always been a fan of spray baste, for small quilted projects – a must!
  • This Batting – the perfect one for hot pads. Or in this hot pad, I am using two layers of cotton batting + aluminium insulation sheet in the middle (I love the final crisp sturdy and heat reflect of the final hot pad with this combo)

Making the Blocks:

For this hot pad you’ll need:

4 of 5″ squares. (I am a few charm squares from Jen Kingwell’s fabric)

2 strips of 5″ x 1.5″ (I use stripes)

1 strip of 10″ x 1.5″ (I use stripes)

52 weeks of hot pads quilt tutorial

The block is pretty simple. I simply piece the sashing connecting the two charm squares together. 

Then using the longer sashing piece, I piece them all together. 

Make a quilt sandwich and baste it. I personally love basting using spray especially for small projects like this. 505 Spray is my favourite. Have you tried spray basting?

However, since I am using layers of batting in this project, I decided to go with the curved pins instead. 

For these hot pads I love using either double batting, or the . I like to double layer my hot pads to absorb more heat.

I quilted it with helix loops. A couple of loops in the same directions, before changing it to another direction. 

It is always fun to try out new to me motifs. 

Time to practice your quilting skill..

Try it!

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I always, always recommend people to practice their skills on little projects like these. They don’t go to waste and you’ll get satisfaction to continue on practicing.

Now that it is all quilted, time to trim it too shape. 

Since I was aiming for a cross bun, I made mine circle. Obviously you can just leave as is in it’s square shape too. 

I am using a very innovative tool to trace the circle. The pot lid. 

I did have to go through a couple of lids to see which fits best. 

Maybe this tool HERE is a better way to do circle but, I rarely make circle and maybe I am still okay with things from the kitchen.


Make a hook and a bias binding tape (you can follow the tutorial in this post for making the bias binding)


Well, there you go, our 16th hot pad of the year!


Are you making it? Let me know if you are and tell me how it goes. 

Let me know if you need any help.

Till next time, have a fun time sewing!


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Quilted Potholder Tutorial 52 weeks of hot pads | The Little Mushroom Cap


  1. Waiting patiently for week 17 to be released.. Any idea when you will be posting the hot pads again?

  2. That was a good idea to use a pot lid for your circle! I’ve tried making circle patterns using the “fold paper into half twice, measure & mark the desired radius on each side then cut” method but it always turns out wrong. I’ve used the pot lid method once or twice myself but most times I can’t seem to find something that is exactly the size circle I need.

    Recently I went rooting through the box of goodies that came with my new machine a couple of years ago and discovered I had a circular sewing attachment! Wish I’d looked sooner because this thing is great! It’s adjustable for lots of sizes so I can make a BIG cross bun hot pad with about an 8” radius, or a little coaster. I sandwich my layers, quilt as I wish, then set it in the circle attachment and stitch away. I now have a PERFECTLY round circle to trim and bind. Way too easy and fun!!!

    If you don’t have one Amira, I’ll bet there’s one available for your Janome. (I think you use a Janome don’t you?) I know you say you don’t use circles much but think of the possibilities: drink coasters, circle and half-circle appliques, more round potholders, maybe even scalloped quilt edges, different sized “bubbles” all over a quilt! Or how about perfect Bishops Fan designs on a quilt? You’re very clever, I’m sure you’d come up with all kinds of ideas! I’m going to try and see what I can do.

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