Don’t be frustrated by hot pads that slip and slide all over the table! We’re going to show you how to make a crochet heat pad and then use Fiber-Lok Non-Skid backing to keep it in place.
Hi creative friends. I’m Jane from Sustain my Craft Habit, a DIY, craft and home decor blog I write with my sister Sonja. We’re so happy to be here on the Resin Crafts Blog with you again, with something a little different.
On our blog we do a lot of upcycling projects. Making t-shirt yarn and then turning it into handy items for our home is one of our favorite ways to upcycle. A few years ago, Sonja made a beautiful rag rug for her bathroom. Only one problem – it’s constantly slipping and sliding around on the laminate floor.
So when I decided to make some heat pads for my kitchen table using a similar technique, I was keen to try Fiber-Lok Non-Skid Backing to keep them from sliding all over the place.
As our friend Bree described in her post on using Fiber-Lok to keep rugs from sliding, Fiber-Lok is a natural rubber material that you can paint on the back of any fabric surface to give it a non-slip finish. While it’s ideal for new or even old rugs, it has multiple uses including for place mats, latch hook rugs, table runners, baby booties and more.
Fiber-Lok dries clear and can be washed and dried in the machine. Perfect for heat pads which inevitably will get dirty!
Materials Needed for this Crochet Heat Pad Project
- t-shirt yarn in a color of your choice
- size 10mm crochet hook
- smaller crochet hook or darning needle (for weaving in the tails)
- gold metallic fabric paint (optional)
- ETI Fiber-Lok Non-Skid Rug Backing
- paint brushes
- safety glasses
How to Crochet a Heat Pad with T-Shirt Yarn
ch = chain
sc = single crochet
sl st = slip stitch
st(s) = stitch(es)
R1: Magic ring, ch1, 7sc, sl st to join. (8 sts)
R2: ch1, sc in same st, 2 sc in each st around, sl st. (16 sts)
R3: ch1, 2sc in next st, (sc in next st, 2sc in next space) around, sl st. (24 sts)
R4: ch1, (2sc in next st, sc in next 2st), around, sl st. (32 sts)
R5: ch1, sc, (2sc in next st, 1sc in next 3st), around, sl st. (40 sts)
R6: ch1, sc in each st around, sl st, fasten off. (40 sts)
Trim yarn and weave in ends.
Painting the Crochet Hot Pad
You can off course leave your new crochet hot pad as is. I had a few areas from my t-shirt yarn that included the logo from the t-shirt I used to make the yarn. Thus, to hide it a bit I embellished the pot holder with some gold metallic fabric paint.
Lightly paint around the outer loops of the heat pad, creating a chain effect. Lightly dry brush gold paint onto the raised bumps on the surface of the heat pad. Let the paint dry completely.
Applying the Fiber-Lok Non-Skid Backing
As always, read the instructions provided before starting. Work in a well-ventilated area, ideally with safety glasses and gloves. Although Fiber-Log is safe, it can be an eye irritant.
Open the jar of Fiber-Lok and let the odor dissipate for a minute or two.
Turn your crochet heat pad over. Using a paint brush, apply a thin coat of Fiber-Lok. Two thin coats are preferable to heavy coats, letting the Fiber-Lok dry between coats (will go from white to clear).
Since the crochet heat pad has an uneven surface, I focused on brushing on the Fiber-Lok on the raised bumps (which will be in contact with the table).
That’s it! After the second coat was dry, I was all set to use my upcycled crochet heat pad.
I’m really excited to use the Fiber-Lok for some of my bathroom rugs which love to move around (on their own of course!).
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Jane and Sonja are sisters, moms and lifelong craft addicts both living near Toronto, Canada with their families. They share their love of creativity, nature and coastal DIY ideas on their blog Sustain My Craft Habit. They craft and decorate their homes using repurposed and upcycled items and materials found in nature.