My husband and I love to travel. We did some when the kids were young, but now they’re out of the house and honestly, it’s less expensive for two than four so we’re excited to be able to increase the frequency of our trips. With one in the Navy, we even have a great excuse! One of the things we’ve been considering is buying some sort of RV. We spent an entire day at a RV show last weekend, and there are SO many options out there. We ultimately decided to wait a bit longer, but even if I can’t own one I’m completely enamored with the retro camp trailers. I may have accidentally let out a girly squeal once or twice when we walked by them. Lucky for me, I had already finished this month’s hot pad before we went, so I knew I had a little vintage version of my own waiting for me at home.
For those of you new to this Hot Pad of the Month series, this is the fourteenth entry. You can see all of the previous hot pads at the bottom of this post, or check them out under the Tutorials tab above. Each hot pad is made using the same basic shape, but with lots of different materials and techniques. Let’s make this camper!
- this pattern
- cotton fabric (white, turquoise, red, grey and two prints)
- felt (black and grey)
- two buttons
- 1/2” wide silver or grey ribbon
- embroidery thread (black and silver or grey)
- fusible fleece
- paper-backed fusible web
I made this camper two sided, so you see the same design on both sides, only one is reversed. You can make it with one side plain, but you’ll need to adjust some of the instructions. All seams are 1/4”.
Cut two tires, two wheels, 2 doors, 2 door windows and two windows from fusible web. Iron the tires to the black felt, the wheels to the grey felt, the windows to the wrong side of the grey fabric and the doors to the wrong side of the red fabric. Cut around all shapes.
Peel the paper from the back of the wheels and iron them onto the center of the tires. Leave the paper intact on the remaining pieces and set aside.
Cut two tops from the white fabric. Cut two bottoms from the turquoise fabric. Stitch each pair right sides together with the edges that meet in the middle of the camper even. Press the seam open. Cut a piece of ribbon to width. Stitch over the seam on the front. I didn’t have any ribbon that would work, so instead I cut a piece of fabric 1 1/2” wide, stitched a 1/4” seam, trimmed the seam, turned it right side out and pressed. You could also use bias tape.
Fold all edges of the door windows under 1/4” and press. Unfold and remove the paper backing. Iron onto the door.
Fold the top and side edges of the door under 1/4” and press. Unfold and remove the paper. Iron onto the camper. Do the same with the window, folding all four sides. Be sure to reverse the location of the window and door for the back side of the camper.
Stitch around all windows and doors.
Cut two campers from fusible fleece and one from InsulBright. Iron the fleece onto the back of each completed camper. I added the fleece at this point to give the embroidery a little dimension, but it does make it harder to pull the needle through. You can also complete the embroidery before that step if you want to make it easier.
Draw stitching lines onto camper top and windows with a removable pen.
Stitch the windows with black embroidery thread and a back stitch. Stitch the lines on the top with silver, grey or white, depending on the look you’d like. I used some metallic silver. Sew the buttons on with a bit of thread.
Cut the hitch from the grey fabric. Fold wrong sides together with the long edges touching. Press. Fold both edges into the center and press. Stitch near the double fold edge. You could also replace this piece with an length of ribbon.
Layer the InsulBright and the camper, right side up. Fold the hitch in half and add on top at the mark on the pattern, with the loop to the inside.
Add the back camper, right side down. Pin well. Stitch around the edge, leaving 4” open at the bottom.
Clip the corners. Turn right side out and press, turning in the opening. Stitch close to the edge, all the way around.
Peel the paper off the back of the wheel. Iron it onto the tire. Peel the paper off the tire. Add some decorative stitching to hold the wheel in place.
Place the tire onto the camper and iron the top to hold. Place the second tire on the opposite side and iron both to the camper. Stitch around the tire, either by hand or machine. On the next one of these I’m going to try adding a bit of fleece between the two tires under the camper so the bottom of the tire to give it a little more body.
To make the bunting, cut 16 one-inch squares from the print fabrics (or use the red and turquoise).
Fold diagonally and press. Fold again to create the triangle.
Cut a strip of white fabric 1 x 20”. Fold in half and press. Fold the edges into the center and press again.
Starting 1 3/4” from one end, tuck the raw edge of a triangle inside the strip. Follow with the remaining triangles. Stitch close to the edge of the strip. If you want to make this step easier, cut felt triangles and sew them to skinny ribbon.
Pin the bunting on the camper.
Add a few stitches where the pins are to hold it in place.
Whew! I know that was a long one, but I felt like this cute little thing deserved the extra work.
As promised, here’s the whole group so far: