I am so sorry to be gone for so long. On Christmas Eve, my mother went into the hospital and everything else has been put on hold. She is doing much better and I finally got around to cleaning good today and doing a little sewing. I wanted something for my bathroom to set a hot hair straightener or curling iron on when I am using it. Two of my granddaughters use these tools and who knows where they are set when the door is closed. I have asked them to put them on a towel or something, but I decided to make a pad just for that purpose. Now they have no excuses and I won't have any burns on my nice countertop.
After rummaging threw my material, I came across an old curtain that belonged to Tara (daughter #1) that hung in her sons bedroom. When she moved she no longer planned to use it and I took it home and added it to my many bins of material. I cut out two squares and one square of Insul~Bright.
I actually ended up with four layers. Two printed squares, two unprinted squares and a layer of the Insul~Brite. I decided to add another layer just so the top layer had more support. I layered the printed squares with the unprinted squares facing each other. Then I added the Insul~Brite on top of one of the layers as shown in the picture.
I next sewed around all four sides and left an opening in the middle of one side. When I do this I will show you how to sew this. I have noticed that when I am trying to turn a project inside out, it invariably starts to stretch and pull out my stitches. Here is how I have fixed that. I sew to where I want to stop for my opening and then I turn my project and sew off of the seam. I have never had a problem again with this.
Next, I clipped the Insul~Brite off diagonally at the corners and turned it right side out.
Here is my favorite new sewing tip that I learned from Kenneth King on having great corners. Take a threaded needle (do not knot your thread) and run the needle through the top of your corner.
Now just pull on the two threads and it will pull that corner our perfectly and when you are satisfied, just pull your needle and thread all the way out.
I then sewed a topstitch along the edges at about 1/2 inch around the pad and it looks very cute in my bathroom. Way better than a towel bunched up or a wash cloth.