Friday, May 13, 2011
This Chicken is HOT!
She's lined with a super-thick insulating layer on the bottom, and a single layer of cotton batting on the top, with a little bit of stuffing to hold her head up.
By the way - forget the seam allowance on this one. It took me a minute, looking at the pattern, to decide to chance it with mine, but I was right. The way they've drawn the piece you use for the bottom, it allows for a 1/4" seam in the top pieces. The bit just under the head is a little tricky - you have to make sure you get your binding right up against that seam, or you'll have some raw edges showing. (In fact, I had to take some hand-stitches right up under the neck, just to be sure those raw edges wouldn't escape later - but you can't see them, and I'm satisfied with the effect.)
log cabin chicken. It turned out a little tall, but instead of picking it apart, I stitched it down in two places, dividing it into thirds.
I decided to add a little quilting to the bottom of mine, to help secure the padding in place a bit. I just followed the lines in the print, and made it up as I went. All by machine.
Insul-Bright has a layer of Mylar,and has the advantage of being very thin, lending itself to greater creative scope, while still providing good heat resistance. I don't like the crinkle sound you get from the Mylar, so I don't use it much.
Another good option is to use multiple layers of cotton (not poly!) batting. I've had some disappointment with that filler, though, especially if my hot pad gets a little damp.
My personal favorite, which I discovered a couple years back when I used to do the craft fair circuit, is ironing board padding. Not the flimsy foam variety that often comes with the ironing board, though. This stuff is super-thick, and either needle-punched or quilted together. At first I cut my hot pad filler from used pads, which mom had left underneath the new one on the board. When I ran out of that, I managed to find an online source that offered it in large rectangles, which you'd cut to fit your board. It's been a while now, and my source no longer carries that option, so I'm hoarding the last of it.
I did find you a similar product, ThermaFlec, which is sold by the yard, and is currently all the rage for casserole carriers and the like.
In any case, I do recommend you use something with heat resistance when you make a hot pad, otherwise burned fingers are bound to happen, and nobody wants that, right?