Geeky Pi (Pie) Hot Pad

Categories: Utility, Accessory

Pi-Day (March 14th…for 3.14) is becoming more and more popular.  A favorite way to celebrate is eating Pi and celebrating all things involving circles.  Cherry Pie, Pumpkin Pie, Pizza Pie, or my personal favorite Coconut Cream Pie…whatever kind of Pie you like, it will be more fun served on a Pi Hot Pad to protect your table and geek-out your friends.  The project has enough layers to protect your table from your hot pie, but we wouldn’t suggest using it to remove your pie from the oven.

What you need to make this project

1/2 Yard 100% Cotton Fabric
Scrap of Contrasting Fabric for Applique
1/2 Yard Soft & Toasty™ Natural Cotton Batting
Solarize Liner Fabric Craft Pack
Coordinating Cotton Thread
1/4 Yard Paper-backed Thermal Adhesive

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Sewing Machine and related supplies
Iron and Ironing board

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Solarize Liner Fabric Craft Pack


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Step One

Gather your supplies, including the Pi applique template.  You can download it from the link above.


Step Two

Use a large mixing bowl as your template and cut out a circle for the top of your hot pad.  My bowl is 13.5 inches across.


Trace your Pi shape on the papery side of your thermal adhesive.  Cut out.


Iron onto the BACK of your coordinating fabric.


Peel off the paper backing and iron on to the center of your circle.


Step Three

Use a satin stitch or tight zigzag stitch to sew around the edge of your Pi.  Hide threads on the back of your fabric.


Step Four

Layer your fabrics.  Put the Solarize liner fabric on bottom, then a double layer of cotton batting, then your backing fabric face UP and your top circle face DOWN.


Pin through all layers making sure it lays flat.


Step Five

Sew with a 3/8 inch seam allowance, leaving an opening for turning your project.

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Trim at about 1/8 of an inch. Leave the FULL seam allowance at the opening.


Step Six

Turn right side out.  Top-stitch around the outside edge.  Tuck the seam allowance at the opening under and the topstitching will keep your opening closed.


Add extra quilting/stitching as desired.  You will at least want to stitch around the Pi symbol.  I did some extra echo quilting.

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Step Seven

And finally…you’ll HAVE to make some pie when  you’re finished.

Pie Hot Pad for Pi-Day! 3.14

Pie Hot Pad for Pi-Day! 3.14

Even if (or especially if) it’s just a pizza pie.  Personally…this is my favorite coconut cream pie recipe.

Pie Hot Pad for Pi-Day! 3.14