photo hot pads and stockings

Mariah is back with another fabulous holiday craft! Personalized fabric she turned into hot pads for the kitchen and even a beautiful stocking. I like how Mariah used photos of scenery she’s snapped. You could also use photos of your friends and family members to give as gifts! Read below for the tutorial.


Here is a very simple sewing project that makes for a great, personalized gift that’s both functional and attractive to display in the kitchen. I had some black and white photographs printed via Spoonsflower. I then found some colorful printed fabric to give a cool contrast to the black and white. If you have some nice photos, I suggest trying out Spoonflower, they do a great job and it gives a traditional kitchen item an unexpected twist. The black and white photos also translate well on stockings, pillows, the applications are endless! 


Batting for the stuffing (I used 3 layers) Personalized fabric and fabric for the back of the hot pad, ruler,scissors  and materials to sew. 
After cutting your fabric into appropriate sized squares you’ll sew the two pieces together, rights sides facing each other. Sew each side leaving enough room on one side for your hand to easily fit inside. 
Turn right side out, then stuff the batting and spread until it’s even. 
For the handle use a strip of the patterned fabric, fold it right sides together, sew three sides then turn right side out with a chop stick. 
Place the handle in the open side then close it up by sewing all the edges(this gives a nice border and helps the batting stay in place). 
Most hot pads are sewn in a checkered pattern to give a quilted look but I kept it simple by sewing only a small x in the middle to keep the batting in place without complicating the image. 
That’s it! Roll it up, tie it with a bow and walla! 


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9 responses to photo hot pads and stockings

  1. December 11, 2012

    Spoonflower is about the most amazing thing ever. This is such a fantastic idea.

    1. December 14, 2012

      Thanks for the comment Sarah! Mariah did a great job creating these! I’m in the process of ordering some photo fabric from spoonflower! I can’t wait to make some fun things 🙂

  2. December 12, 2012

    These are really sweet ! I might add these to my DIY list for next year !

    Love Chrissi xo

    1. December 14, 2012

      They’re great gifts, right? AND how awesome is Spoonflower?!

  3. December 13, 2012

    So cute! When you ordered your photos on fabric from Spoonflower, did you order the test swatch size or the fat quarter? Because it looks like they end up tiling the image on anything larger than the 8″x8″ test swatch… Thanks for the great idea! xo

    1. December 13, 2012

      Hi Amber, I’m glad you like the idea! I actually tiled the images myself in photoshop making each image 10×10″ and then had them printed on 1 yard of fabric. I believe you could also create one file with the dimensions of 10×10″ or whatever size you want and the Spoonflower uploader will tile it for you. I hope that helps! Mariah

  4. December 21, 2012

    Those stockings are fantastic!

  5. debbie
    May 31, 2014

    Great idea! I’d been thinking of making pot holders for gifts. The extra personal touch of a photograph makes it perfect! Thanks for this great idea

    1. Eden
      May 31, 2014

      It is such a great way to add a personalized touch! Thanks for the comment 🙂

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