Hot pads of many different colors and fabric designs can be found in just about every discount store. Although they are available in a variety of themes, few styles are really unique. If you want something truly different to protect your counter tops and furnishings, consider these easy no-sew options. They are simple to make, and they are highly unique. They will dress up the kitchen or dining room when not in use, and they will effectively protect the surface beneath.
Glue Smooth Flat Pebbles to Heavy Felt
If you want unique no-sew table and countertop protectors that will add natural style to the space, consider homemade felt and pebble hot pads. Begin with a piece of thick felt in a shape of your choice. Trace around a large can or another object using fabric chalk. Use E6000 adhesive to glue smooth pebbles to the piece of felt. Chose flat stones that are approximately the same size. Attach them side by side to complete the hot pad. It will look fantastic, and it will protect wood, plastic laminate, granite and all other surfaces where hot food might be served.
Attach Wine Corks to the Inside of a Shallow Wooden Tray
Wine corks are worth saving and using to make all sorts of new and useful things. After saving or acquiring at least two dozen corks of the same diameter, attach them in rows to the inside of a small wooden tray. Use a hot glue gun or E6000 adhesive. If some are too long, they can be easily trimmed to the correct size with a utility knife. Arrange them like those in the photo, or come up with a different pattern. Use the cork-covered wooden tray as a handy hot pad. Because of the thickness of the cork, it will work better than a typical cloth potholder. It will also look considerably better on the countertop, buffet or dining room table.
Cover a Thick Cork Tile with Removable Fabric
Thick cork tiles also work well as homemade hot pads, especially those that have been covered in fabric. Use fleece and it will not fray. Before dismissing the idea, the fabric can be removed and washed if peel-and-stick Velcro brand faster strips are used. Buy a thick cork tile from a local home improvement store, enough fleece fabric to wrap both sides, and a roll of adhesive Velcro. Trim the fabric as necessary. Attach the rough side of the Velcro to the cork, and attach the soft side to the fleece fabric. It can easily be removed and washed on a hand wash or delicate cycle, and it can hung up to dry. Like the other options, it will work better than a thin potholder, and it will look far more stylish on a table or countertop.
Source: Advanced Crafting Education and Experience