Sep 4, 2012

Hot Handle Holder Pattern

After making some great new potholders, I still needed something to help with the hot handles of my cooking pots. I have been using towels and potholders, but they are too bulky and I am always afraid that my pot full of boiling water and spaghetti will slip out of my hands on the way to the sink. Solution : hot handle holders. (note: please do not keep these on your pot's handle while you cook! First of all it is a fire hazard, second they will get warm eventually.)

A simple sleeve to fit over your cooking pot's hot handle to give you a firm grip and protection against those hot handles. Obviously it is a super easy pattern, you can even just draw one yourself. But why would you do that, when I spent about 6 hours on the computer learning to make a simple pattern?
 Yes, you can have it.
 But do not ask for a tutorial on how to make a digital pattern, because I am not sure I could actually do it again.
Don't right click and save! It will not work! Instead I have a link for you that will take you to a page where you can simply download it from. 

Ta-da! Looks pretty good, doesn't it? It is a shame it took me 6 hours do make a digital version of my simple hand drawn pattern...oh, well. 
Here is the 

Download it, save it to your pictures file and before you print it, please un-check the "fit picture to frame box". The actual pattern, without the seam allowance should be about 6 in x 3 in. This project is an excellent scrap buster!

Materials needed:
-scrap main fabric
-scrap fabric for the lining
-scrap double fold bias tape
-Insul-Bright batting (your local Joann's will have plenty!)

Cut 2 pieces of lining, 2 pieces of the main fabric and 2 pieces of Insul-Bright.

Sandwich the Insul-Bright (shiny side to the back of the main fabric) between the main fabric and the lining. Repeat.

Pin each fabric "sandwich" together, so they do not shift while you are sewing on the bias tape.

Cut bias tape just a bit longer than the edge of the Hot Pan Holders.
Enfold edge in bias tape and sew. Since this will be pretty thick, you should make your stitch length longer. I used 3.5 for mine.

Pin the two pieces together, main fabric back to back. Sew along the outside curve, making sure not to sew the bias tape covered opening together! Sew along the outside of your stitch line with a zig zag stitch. Trim edges. Turn it inside out and you are done.

If you want to get fancy, you can quilt the layers together before you add the bias tape.