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Sewing Tutorial: Make a Coiled Hot Pad

November 12, 2014

A cool way to coordinate your kitchen.

We love projects that are fashionable and functional all at once, and these fabric coiled hot pads fit the bill. Simply wrap your favorite fabric around Dritz® cable cord and sew. It’s a clever way to coordinate a useful tabletop accessory with other fabrics in your kitchen such as curtains and hand towels. You’ll love these, and so will your teapot!

Sewing Tutorial: Make a Coiled Hot Pad

Here are the sewing supplies you’ll need:


Sewing Tutorial: Make a Coiled Hot Pad 1) To prevent raveling, wrap Wonder Tape around the end of  your cable cord and trim off frayed pieces. Measure 130″, and then tape and cut the other end.

TIP: Wonder Tape is ideal for this project because your machine needle can stitch right through it – no messy, sticky residue.


Sewing Tutorial: Make a Coiled Hot Pad 2) Using a rotary cutter, mat and ruler, cut your fabric 45° diagonally across the weave into 1″ strips. Strips should total approximately 200″.

Sewing Tutorial: Make a Coiled Hot Pad 3) Set your sewing machine to zigzag, width 3-4 and length 2-3.

4) Begin by wrapping one end plus 3″ of the cord with a fabric strip as shown.


Sewing Tutorial: Make a Coiled Hot Pad 5) Fold the covered end down 1″ to start the coil, and place coiled center under the presser foot. Slowly zigzag over coil, so stitch joins the adjacent cord.

Sewing Tutorial: Make a Coiled Hot Pad 6) While the cord is being held under the presser foot, continue wrapping the cord by overlapping the fabric 1/4″ as you go. Use a Getta Grip sewing clip to hold the fabric in place.

Sewing Tutorial: Make a Coiled Hot Pad 7) Continue stitching by carefully turning the coiled cord in a circular motion. Stop with about 3″ of fabric left, and fold in a new strip with a 1″ overlap. Clip to hold overlapped ends while you wrap the new piece of fabric. Clip the end to hold fabric in place. Continue coiling, wrapping and stitching until you reach the end of the cord.

Sewing Tutorial: Make a Coiled Hot Pad 8) To finish, twist remaining fabric and tuck the tail under pad and stitch. Trim excess fabric.

Isn’t this a cool project? Perfect for these fall days when the kettle is on! These also look great on a holiday table, or given as a special gift. Let us know what you think!

Keep sewing!