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Quilt Block Hot Pad and Trivet Set

This post is sponsored by Nancy’s Notions. The project and opinions are my own.

I am always on the hunt for a useful and beautiful gift idea. And if that gift idea is quick to make and economical to boot- it’s totally a win. This hot pad and trivet set is both useful and beautiful. Using traditional quilt blocks as the foundation of these utilitarian items makes them both lovely and timeless. This free pattern will show you all you need to know to get started. This post is sponsored by Nancy’s Notions and is a great place to order the supplies you will need for this project.

If you want more gift ideas, you might like this Chapstick holder and wrist strap set– they make fantastic gifts!

Sew a Hot Pad and Trivet Set

Cookies sit on a pan set on a trivet next to hot pads

This pattern will create a set of two hot pads and a trivet. The Insul-Bright helps create a more heat resistant pad, but will not make it heat proof. Also, including Insul-Bright makes these hot pads NOT microwave safe. Read through all directions before beginning. Seams are 1/4″ unless noted otherwise. If you would like a printer friendly version of the pattern, you can find one on Nancy’s Notion’s site here.


  • Fat quarters for the white and accent color (1/4 yard cuts will also work)
  • 1/2 yard of black fabric
  • 1/2 yard of backing fabric
  • bias binding- you can make your own from the black fabric, or use purchased
  • Cotton batting
  • Insul-Bright fabric
  • Optional- Half-square triangle ruler- I used this Easy Half-Square triangles ruler
  • Pattern for rounding corners
make 8 half square triangles at a time.

Make Half-Square triangles for Hot Pad and Trivet Set

  • Cut 6- 6″ squares from the Black fabric
  • From the white fabric cut 4- 6″ squares
  • Cut 2- 6″ squares from the accent fabric
  • Mark a line on both diagonals on each of the white and accent squares
  • Match up one black square with either a white or accent square
  • Sew 1/4″ seams on BOTH sides of BOTH diagonal lines
  • Cut along both marked lines, then cut the 6″ square in half on the horizontal and vertical sides
  • Open each half square triangle and press the seam toward the dark fabric
  • Trim each square down to 2 1/4″

Sewing Quilt Blocks

  • Arrange half square triangles as shown, or in another pattern as desired- you will make two of each block
  • Sew squares together into rows, alternating the direction of the seams from row to row
  • Combine the rows by sewing them together, nesting the seams
add sashing between quilt blocks

Sew Trivet top

  • Cut 3- 1 1/2″ X 7 1/2″ strips of white fabric
  • Trim one of each quilt block down to 7 1/2″ square
  • Sew the sashing between and on either side of the quilt blocks
  • Cut 4- 1 1/4″ X 17 1/2″ strips of white
  • Sew two of the white strips on the top and bottom of the quilt blocks
  • Cut 2- 1″ X 17 1/2″ strips from the accent fabric
  • Sew accent strips on top and bottom of trivet top
  • Sew remaining white strips on top and bottom of trivet top

Quilt Layers Together

  • Cut one 12″ X 18″ rectangle from each: backing fabric, cotton batting, Insul-Bright fabric
  • Layer as follows: backing fabric, wrong side up, cotton batting, Insul-Bright (shiny side up) then trivet top right side up
  • Baste layers using basting spray or pins
  • Quilt trivet as desired
  • For hot pads cut: 2- 8″ squares each of backing fabric, batting, Insul-Bright
  • Repeat layering and quilting steps
  • Square up the hot pad quilts to 7 1/2″ square
  • Cut out paper pattern and center over hot pad, pin.
  • Trim the corners off hot pads
  • Trim trivet quilt sandwich to 12″ X 17 1/2″
  • Line up the straight edges of hot pad pattern with sides of trivet and pin
  • Cut off corner to round it
  • Repeat for remaining 3 corners

Finish Hot Pads and Trivet

add bias binding to hot pads
  • If you want to make a hanging loop take a 4″ piece of ribbon or extra bias tape (edge stitch down both sides) and fold in half. Line up the raw edges with the center of one side of the hot pad
  • Unfold bias binding (I made my own using 2″ strips of black fabric, cut on a 45* angle, press it in half and then in half again, with raw edges in the center- there is a good tutorial here showing you all the steps) and line up one side around the edges of hot pad, pin as you go.
  • When you get to where the end of the strips meet, fold over the bias binding so the folds but up next to each other, press to create a crease.
  • Take the hot pad to your machine, match up the creases on the bias binding and sew along the crease to create a loop of bias binding.
  • Sew down the bias binding around the hot pad. Your stitch line should be just to the side (toward the raw edge of the hot pad) of the first crease line
  • Re-fold the bias binding, as you do fold it over the edge of the hot pad to the front
  • Sew down the bias binding on the front of the hot pad. You can machine stitch or hand stitch them down. The bias binding should cover the stitching from sewing it on the back.
  • Repeat for the trivet, although you won’t add a loop for hanging.

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