Welcome to Day 2 of my 5 or so Days of Holiday Happy - 5 or so days of celebrating Gnoma Claus from my Holiday Happy fabric.
Reading the comments from Day 1 was soooo much fun! WOW, talk about bringing back some happy memories, and not just for me - I think everyone enjoyed reading all the comments. Funny how many Easy Bake Ovens were listed as the favorite toy or gift. And funny how many of those people like to bake and/or cook as adults. And even funnier… the people [moi] who didn’t get an Easy Bake Oven… who don’t like to bake/cook as adults! Coincidence??? I’ll always be happy with the Easy Make Menu Printer and my Easy Stroll Costco Cart that I got.
Today’s Holiday Happy goodie is a potholder/hot pad project. Perfect for taking cookies out of the oven or having your hot dish rest upon on your table. Maybe part of a cookie making kit gift pack?
You’ll need one Gnoma Claus panel (list of shops where you can buy one here) and about a yard of your favorite batting, (I used Warm & White). Use 2 pieces of batting plus a front and back Gnoma Claus. NOTE: You can use one layer of premium batting… but it’s too thin for a hot pad for my personal taste.
Layer right side together atop 2 pieces of batting. Give yourself at least a ¼” to a ½” of fabric beyond the outside line of Gnoma.
Use a window or a lamp to help you align your Gnoma front and back. Pin together front and back, and then pin to batting.
Optional - add a hanger tab to the top of Gnoma’s cap. A great use for ribbon scraps.
Pin folded ribbon between the tops of Gnoma’s front and back cap.
Stitch around Gnoma’s body, leaving an opening at the bottom for turning.
Make your opening a size you’re comfortable with (at least 2½ - 3″).
Trim edges. I like somewhere between ⅛” and ¼”. Leave a little extra at the turning opening (about a ½”).
Turn inside out. I love my plastic chop-stick as my turning tool. Turn the opening’s edges inside and pin.
Top-stitch as close as you can to the edge of Gnoma. Start near the pinned edge so you can get that sealed up right away. (thus avoiding any rogue Gnoma poops).
When you get to the to hat, turn and stitch across Gnoma’s hat.
Next top stitch across Gnoma’s beard - and then continue top-stitching the remainder of Gnoma’s edges. Done. Now make the other 4 the same exact way.
Maybe your Gnoma-pads will be a giant coaster - in case you have a visitor in the middle of the night who could use a cup of coffee and some cookies.
I’ll give a little charm pack of Holiday Happy to one lucky commenter who answers the question of the day (or just leave a comment).
Q: What food or what dish says to you “home” or “family gathering”? Mine is my mom’s potato pancakes and also my mom’s butter cookies - even the old metal deciliter she uses to make them makes my heart swell with happiness.
EDITED IN 11/24/10:
Winner picked for this day has now been picked (by random.org), and is… comment #67 Ramona of the Burkeshires! Congratulations, Ramona!
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