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DIY Hot Pad Pattern and Tutorial How to Make It in 5 min

Hot pads are of the items that are absolutely crucial in my kitchen. Not only do I use them to grab hot pots when cooking, but I also make sure to never put down a hot pot or pan without it underneath.

Since store-bought ones are usually low-quality or pricey, I decided to make my own DIY hot pad. That way, I know that it’s well made and that it will last. Plus, I get to have some fun sewing it, so it’s a double win for me!

diy hot pad - close up

If you also use hot pads regularly as I do, you’ll love this tutorial. Because I’ll be showing you how to make a hotpad easily and quickly with a free downloadable hot pad pattern!

Below you will find my step by step written tutorial with VIDEO instructions for all the visual learners.

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How to make a Hot Pad

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How to Sew a Hot pad

Watch the diy hot pad video first and then follow the written step by step instructions below.
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STEP 1: Prepare the pattern

Start this quick and easy project by downloading the free hot pad sewing pattern. Print it out on a piece of paper in full size, US settings.

Cut out the excess paper and your pattern will be ready for use. If everything turned out well, you’ll get a rectangle 8 inches big.

Hot pad sewing pattern and cut fabrics to make diy hot pads

STEP 2: Cut out the fabric

Before you cut the fabric, wash it, and iron it well first. Make sure to use materials that can withstand the heat! Cotton and special heat-enduring quilting batting such as insul-bright, as well as an adequate thread, is the best way to go.

Use the pattern as a guide and cut out 7 pieces: four squares from the main fabric, 2 from the second fabric, and one from the batting. Make sure that both are able to withstand heat. Pure cotton is my recommendation.

You can make one of the two designs – one is triangular and the other – rectangular as shown in the first image

STEP 3: Prepare the fabric for sewing

Take four pieces of the main fabric and fold them so that they form a triangle*. If you decided to use two types of main fabric, two of these four triangles should be one fabric and the rest from the other. Press all four triangles flat with an iron.

Make a three-layer quilt sandwich from the remaining two pieces of the main fabric, and one piece of batting. The batting should be in the middle and the right sides of the two main fabric pieces should be facing outward.

layered fabrics and batting for hot pads

Align the three layers and use pins or clips to secure them together.

* If you want to make the rectangular design, just fold the squares in half and align each piece with one of the sides in step 5

STEP 4: Sew the three-layer piece

Make two diagonal stitches across the fabric sandwich so that they form an X mark.

how to sew hot pads - sewing an X

STEP 5: Layer the triangles

Now you need to set the triangle pieces on top of the sandwich piece.

Take one triangle and place it onto the sandwich piece with its raw corner on one corner of the sandwich piece. Align the edges.

Then place another triangle in the same manner, but with its raw corner on the next corner of the sandwich piece. Repeat the process with the remaining triangles.

When you get to the last piece, you will need to lift one half of the first triangle and slide the last piece under it. Then just lower the half you lifted.

how to sew hot pads step by step in pictures

If you did everything right, all of the raw edges of the triangles will be on the outside, while the folds will be on the inside. Pin or clip all layers in place.

STEP 6: (Optional) Add a loop or a string

About 4 inches long fabric strip or string will do. Fold it in half so that the short edges meet. Then place it between the layers on the corner. Keep its raw edges facing the corner, and its fold facing the center of the rectangle.

STEP 7: Finish the hot pad

Sew all around the rectangle with a quarter-inch seam allowance. Clip the corners but be careful not to catch the thread.

Turn the entire thing inside-out through the opening in the middle of the rectangle, where the triangles meet. Poke out the corners with a chopstick or the back of a pencil, and press everything flat.

how to make hot pads - adding finishing touches

That’s it, now you know how to sew a hot pad! Here is how the front and back look

front and back of the diy hot pads

Did you make these lovely hot pads? Was it easy to learn how to make quilted hot pads? How many did you make?

Be sure to try and make a bunch of hot pads using the pattern and tell us how they turned out in the comment section! No more burned fingers for you, and few great gifts to give your friends or loved ones!


  1. With or without loop hanger
  2. Triangular or rectangular design

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Click Here to Leave a Comment Below 21 comments
Karen the next best thing to mummy - November 25, 2020

I am going to make one of these #alittlebitofeverything@-karendennis

    Helen - November 25, 2020

    Awesome. Let me know how it turns out

Lisa Martinez - November 27, 2020

The link to download hotpad pattern does not work

    Helen - November 28, 2020

    I fixed the link. It should download just fine now

Ruth - November 27, 2020

I was trying to make mitt oven pads and they call for 100% cotton fabric, 100% cotton batting and insul-bright. A lot of fabric to go through the machine. I’m pretty new at this sewing. Love your pattern looks so much easier and less stressful. I don’t need all this extra batting and insul-bright in order to not get burned. Making for Christmas gifts and want to get it right. I’ve learned so much from you and it’s truly appreciated.

Many Thanks,
Ruth Angotti

Ruth Angotti - November 27, 2020

Sorry to bother you yet again. For some reason I don’t have the link to download the pattern. Could you possibly help me or give me the dimensions please?

Thank you again,
Ruth Angotti

    Helen - November 28, 2020

    I fixed the link. It should download just fine now

Naush Samama - December 1, 2020

Excellent idea. Thank you for sharing with us at Meraki Link Party.

Kerryanne - December 4, 2020

What a fabulous and super easy DIY sewing project Helen.
Thanks you for sharing it at Create, Bake, Grow & Gather this week. I’m delighted to be featuring your hot pad pattern at tonight’s party and pinning too.
Merry Christmas,

ladyfée - December 4, 2020

Super, je fais du patch, une superbe idée, merci pour ce partage, bon week-end de France !

chickenruby - December 4, 2020

What a fab and simple pattern. Thanks for linking with #pocolo and hope to see you back again soon

Donna @ Modern on Monticello - December 16, 2020

Great tutorial. I agree that these are a must in the kitchen. Thankfully I have a friend that sewed several of these for me years ago and I still use them. Thanks for sharing. #HomeMattersParty

Lesa - February 5, 2021

I’m currently between printers =D…would you please give dimensions for both the rectangle and the square?! Thanks!!

Pat - January 16, 2022

How do you make the square hot pad?
How do I save the video?

Laura Cunningham - March 2, 2022

Did you use regular batting for the hot pad? Thanks

    Helen - March 3, 2022

    Yes if my memory serves me right

Pat - May 3, 2023

I tried making potholders with only one layer of InsulBrite, big mistake. The heat went right through it, so now I use 1 layer of InsulBrite and 1 layer of batting and it works to keep away the heat.

Allyson @ Southern Sunflowers - June 21, 2023

I really like this style of hot pad. I used to sell hot pads in my Etsy store so I enjoy making them. I’ll be featuring you this week at the Home Matters Party. Hope to see you stop by and take a look!

Marsha Cooper - June 22, 2023

I’ve been wanting to make these and glad I seen the tutorial to know about the etra layer that I don’t currently put in my coasters.

Kerryanne - June 22, 2023

What a clever pattern Helen.
Thank you for sharing your DIY hot pads pattern and tutorial at Create, Bake, Grow & Gather this week. I’m delighted to be featuring it at tomorrow’s party and pinning too.
Hugs ~ Kerryanne

chickenruby - June 30, 2023

I need to make a couple of these to replace the current ones I’ve over used.
Thanks for linking with #pocolo


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