After finding some nesting Santa dolls at a flea market in South Carolina this fall, I came up with the idea of hot pads with Russian nesting dolls on them. I searched the Internet for ideas and pictures to make my pattern. I found the nesting dolls can also be called Matryoshka or Babushka dolls, since I'm Polish I'm going to call mine Babushka dolls.
I used fabric from my stash to frame the dolls, adding some ric rac to dress them up. Because the doll's cheeks and hair were tiny pieces to applique, I drew them on the faces with fabric crayons. I embroidered the eyes and smile.
The backs are Japanese fabric I found on Etsy.