Get creative with Darlene Cahill
|“Concierge Foot Warmer” Sewing Project
If you have had the pleasure of staying at a nice hotel lately, you my have noticed that the throw has gone the way of the foot warmer. It’s a strip of layered quilt placed at the foot of the bed to help warm up your Popsicle toes!
They are usually 18”- 20” wide with its length hanging over the edge on each side of the bed. You can make it blend with your decor or create a stand out statement piece. It can be fussy little geometric pieces with intricate hand topstitching or one solid piece of fabric that has been machine quilted.
Whether personalized with embroidery, appliqué or felting, your feet will appreciate your efforts. Consider this useful project another opportunity to experiment and learn something new!
The foot warmer listed below was made with the Singer Heavy Duty machine because of the large extension table and the circular sewing option. You can refer to the measurements for accurate sizing and use a different quilting template to hold your layers together if you don’t have the Heavy Duty machine. WARNING: Do not use slippery satins or silks on the under layer or your warmer may slip off the bed onto the floor!
- 2 packages of ½” double fold bias strip in the top layer fabric or a contrasting color (your choice)
- Top layer and bottom layer and cotton batting in the following sizes: Twin: 19” x 59”, Full: 19” x 74”, Queen: 21” x 80”, King: 23” x 96”
- Thread. Use cotton thread if using cotton fabric and batting. This will prevent puckering seams after washing
- Scissors, measuring tape, pins and a straight stitch machine
- A quilt gun, safety pins or quilting safety pins
- Fold the top layer lengthwise and press a center seam
- Sandwich the three layers of fabric with the right side of the bottom facing the table, the cotton batting over the bottom layer, and the top layer right side up on top over the other two layers
- Starting in the center and working your way to each edge, attach the three layers together. Be careful to keep the edges even by measuring and pinning through all layers 3” from the center and 6” in length on the entire top side of the upper layer. You may use a quilt gun, safety pins or quilting safety pins.
- Set the heavy duty circular pin 2” from the inside edge and tighten
- Nestle the layered bundle with the circular pin going through the first marking
- Cap the pin and sew the circle
- Repeat for all the marks
- Trim all edges even and sandwich inside the pre-folded bias tape
- Using a small zigzag to ensure catching top and bottom layer of bias binding, sew both long sides overlapping the inside edge with the zigzag stitch
- Cut ends clean
- Sew the binding onto the quilt ends and leave a 2” tail for finishing on both ends
- Topstitch close to the folded edge
- Place on the bed and enjoy your toasty toes!