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Reva's Tips: Keepin' it Cool (or Hot)

Reva's Tips: Keepin' it Cool (or Hot)

‘Tis the season for making items to adorn our homes and gifts for those we think fondly of. But do you ever get stumped for quick projects?

Here are some great quick gifts you can make that will be a "one size fits all" success story!

  • Hot Pads & Oven Mitts
  • Table Runners
  • Coasters
  • Mug Rugs
  • Place Mats
  • Cup Koozies
  • Lunch Totes
  • Casserole Covers
  • Shopping Bags
  • Curling Iron Travel Cases

All of these can be customized by using fabrics in the recipient’s favorite colors and prints, and can also be personalized with their names.

Not only are these all great gifts, but they also all have something in common: Each of these projects is best when made to insulate hot and cold temperatures. This is where using an insulating batting like RNK Hot N Cold Barrier Fleece steps up to do the job! It adds both loft and softness to your project, and also provides temperature retainment or protection for both hot and cold items. Another great feature is that the Hot N Cold Barrier Fleece is easy to stitch through and work with, no special needles or handling needed. It’s also perfect to use with an embroidery machine.

For example, if you make a lunch tote and want to keep the contents cold, an insulating batting will provide the temperature control you need for the meal to be ready to eat when you are.

Hot pads are also wonderful gifts and are a great way to use leftover quilt blocks and sample stitchouts of embroidery designs. When making a table runner, what could be better than a runner that can double as a heat protectant trivet?

TIP: A great size for a hot pad is around 8 inches. Additionally, when you have smaller pieces of the batting left from larger projects, use them to make coasters or Koozies.

Enjoy creating fun and useful gifts for yourself and those you care about!

Happy Sewing,

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