Hot Pad of the Month–March Vintage Camper

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! Smile  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.

Hot Pad of the Month - March Vintage Camper from Crafty Staci

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!

You’ll need:

  • 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
  • InsulBright
  • paper-backed fusible web

Vintage camper pieces

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.

Fusible web applied

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.

Camper body

Fold all edges of the door windows under 1/4” and press.  Unfold and remove the paper backing.  Iron onto the door.

Applying window to 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.

Applying door and window

Stitch around all windows and doors.

Stitching around 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.

Drawing on stitching lines

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.

Embroidery on camper

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.

Making the hitch

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.

Adding hitch

Add the back camper, right side down.  Pin well.  Stitch around the edge, leaving 4” open at the bottom.

Layers stitched together

Clip the corners.  Turn right side out and press, turning in the opening.  Stitch close to the edge, all the way around.

Trailer with topstitching

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.

Adding wheel to tire

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.

Stitching on tire

To make the bunting, cut 16 one-inch squares from the print fabrics (or use the red and turquoise).

Banner pieces

Fold diagonally and press.  Fold again to create the triangle.

Folding banner triangles

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.

Tiny bunting

Pin the bunting on the camper.

Pin bunting to trailer

Add a few stitches where the pins are to hold it in place.

Stitching bunting to trailer

Whew!  I know that was a long one, but I felt like this cute little thing deserved the extra work.

Vintage Camper Hot Pad from Crafty Staci

As promised, here’s the whole group so far:

Hot Pad of the Month - March Vintage Camper from Crafty Staci Hot Pad of the Month - February Sweethearts Tree by Crafty Staci Hot Pad of the Month - January Mitten by Crafty Staci Hot Pad of the Month December Snowman Hot Pad of the Month November Turkey from Crafty Staci Hot Pad of the Month - October Monster and Ghost from Crafty Staci Hot Pad of the Month - September Pumpkin by Crafty Staci Hot Pad of the Month - August Bluebird from Crafty Staci Hot Pad of the Month - July Pineapple June Bear Paw - Hot Pad of the Month from Crafty Staci Ladybug Hot Pad of the Month from Crafty Staci Hot Pad of the Month - April Umbrella with Raindrop Coasters Hot Pad of the Month - March Bunny by Crafty Staci February Hot Pad of the Month - Mug - Crafty Staci


28 thoughts on “Hot Pad of the Month–March Vintage Camper

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  2. Your timing is perfect! My hubby and I have try to think of themed Christmas gifts that will suit the whole family. Last year kids and grandkids each got quilts. This year we are going with a picnic theme-everyone gets an apron and a chef hat personalized according to their likes, favorites etc.(including the doll) Our oldest son and his wife love camping. He will be getting a reversible apron with a coffee fabric on one side, and camping fabric on the other. I’m thinking I will need to add a hotpad or two. You did a fantastic job. Thanks.


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  7. Do you have a pattern for a nursing arm pillow? The pattern is the one where you can put your arm through a hole like the pillow wraps around your arm? Thanks!


  8. You didn’t reply to me that I can find. Why did you repeat March’s Hot Pad of the Month for April? Are you stopping the series? I love them. Each month I wait for the new Hot Pad. Please let me know..


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  10. This is so adorable! Love the step-by-step tutorial with all your projects! Thanks for sharing! Do you get a ton of compliments when people come over and you pull out ahandmade camper hot pad? I’m going to attempt one of these 🙂


  11. These are absolutely adorable! I checked out some of the other ones in the series and I’m impressed! I have never made a hot pad, but the closest thing would be a curling iron holder for when it’s still hot and you are traveling. I’ve gotta make some of these hot pads!


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