Hot Pan or Skillet Handle Cover – kitchen sewing series

10 minute sewing project!  Make these easy handle covers for your hot pans.  Great for scraps.

These hot skillet handle covers were the first thing I’ve ever made for my kitchen and its an essential.  I cook like I live – always on full, thinking I can get it done in half the time.  Not only does it mean my food is often burnt on the outside and raw in the middle, (my poor husband) but it also means the handles of my pans often get really hot.  I used to try to pick them up with the tea-towel but we cook with gas and all to often the towel would touch the flame and oops – something else burnt.  So I made these nifty pan handle covers and you can too!

Materials:

This project is a great scrap buster.  You will need:

  • Outer fabric – 5.5 inches by 7 inches
  • Lining fabric – 5.5 inches by 7 inches
  • Batting, fleece, old towel, Insul-bright etc to line – 5.5 inches by 7 inches

Hot skillet handle cover instructions

You can use several different materials to line your pan handle holder and protect you from the heat.  I had some fusible fleece on hand because I make a lot of bags, but you could use an old wool blanket, a scrap of an old towel, any material that will help to protect you from the heat.

Make a hot pot handle holder.  5 minute easy sew - scrap buster and practical too!

Layer your fabrics with the fleece or Insul-Bright on the bottom, then the outer fabric face up, then the lining fabric face down.  Line up all the edges.

Make a hot pot handle holder.  5 minute easy sew - scrap buster and practical too!

Sew across one short end through all layers. Then fold the lining fabric out the way, fold the seam allowance back towards the fleece on the wrong side, pin in place.

Make a hot pot handle holder.  5 minute easy sew - scrap buster and practical too!

Stitch half way between the stitching line and edge of the seam allowance.

Make a hot pot handle holder.  5 minute easy sew - scrap buster and practical too!

Now fold you piece in half along the length, right sides together and pin in place.  Stitch with a 1/2 inch seam allowance as shown, leaving a space open in the lining of about 2 inches that you will use for turning later on.

Make a hot pot handle holder.  5 minute easy sew - scrap buster and practical too!

If you like, you can leave your pan handle holder squared at the corners, but I like to make it a little more shaped on the end, so draw a curve on each end, matching up on one side with your line of stitching, and with the fold on the other side.

Make a hot pot handle holder.  5 minute easy sew - scrap buster and practical too!

Stitch along the curves you drew in, back-stitching at each end for security.  Trim your seam allowances close to your stitching lines.

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Turn the right side out and close the hole in the lining fabric close to the edge.  You can neatly hand stitch or simply top stitch with your machine.  Who’s going to be looking inside there anyway?

Make a hot pot handle holder.  5 minute easy sew - scrap buster and practical too!

Slip the lining inside and your pan handle holder is ready to use.  This is a great project for your fabric scraps, it’s decorative but useful, and you can easily make a whole bunch of these including some in seasonal fabrics or even ones that match your apron or potholders.

Make a hot pot handle holder.  5 minute easy sew - scrap buster and practical too!

This project originally appeared on Ellison Lane.
Authored by: Deby at So Sew Easy

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24 Responses to Hot Pan or Skillet Handle Cover – kitchen sewing series

  1. Katherine says:

    Yes I definitely need to make these. I just burnt my hand really bad the other night because I had a pan in the oven and put it on top of the stove then moved it forgetting it had been in the oven. Thanks for the tutorial!

  2. Katie says:

    What a great way to use up scrap fabric!

    • Deby Coles says:

      I’ve been able to make quite a few, they are so quick, use tiny pieces and I just throw them in the wash over and over again. Love your Maxi Dress by the way.

  3. Super cute! Love these beautiful hot handle cover. Thanks for sharing tutorial!
    Have a wonderful day and week!
    Hugs from Portugal,
    Ana Love Craft

  4. Krystyna says:

    very cute,will try to do it,thanks for sharing

  5. Farmlife Chick says:

    Those are adorable! I will have to whip some up! Thanks for the tutorial!

  6. Dana says:

    Awesome! Where were you a month ago when I needed this! Lol thanks for sharing

  7. Zelda Behr says:

    What a great idea! I have a pancake pan that always gets so hot and working with the oven mitt is not comfortable. Pinning it!

  8. handimom says:

    Thank you so much!! I have been trying to get around to replacing my extremely old, store bought, ragged, and disgusting one for a couple of years now! So pretty with the contrasting lining – love it!

  9. Wow…what a great project to use for teaching someone to sew! Thank you for the inspiration.

  10. Pauline Hughes says:

    Just what I need, oven gloves are always too bulky….

  11. Thanks for sharing this at Brag About It! I had a store bought one for my cast iron skillet and when it got to be constantly 15 or 20 below zero here in Wisconsin, I got tired of rubbing or huffing on the the dog clip on the leash to warm it up so it would open, that I stuck that end inside my handle cover to keep it warm LOL…. now after all the harsh weather, I’m in need of a new handle cover! ~ MamaGing.com

  12. Megin says:

    This is just what I need for our new cast iron skillet! Thank you for sharing this at Brag About It Link Party on VMG206.
    ~ Megin of VMG206

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    • Deby Coles says:

      Wow, look at all those likes and shares. Thank you SO much for sharing this. I could see lots of traffic from Facebook but couldn’t track down where it had originated. I’m so very grateful for the boost. Thank you Amanda.

  14. Vivian says:

    Those could be used for curling irons that need to be thrown in a suitcase. I think I would thinsulate as a layer instead of batting

    • Deby Coles says:

      Great idea Vivian, I’ve seen others comment the same on Pinterest. Would be perfect for that sort of thing and using some Insul Bright would replace the batting.

  15. Catherine says:

    Fantastic!! This is one of those ‘why didn’t I think of this??’ moments. Ha ha. Definitely going to make a couple as I am starting to teach my kids to cook and I have been so worried about them burning their hands on my cast iron skillet.

  16. Barb says:

    Excellent tute. I might add that doing this with a walking (even feed) foot if you have one makes the project super simple. Just whipped out three in less that 30 minutes.

  17. Nedy says:

    Thank you so much for sharing this project so easy to follow your instructions.

  18. Nedy says:

    One thing I have to change is add two layers of cotton batting place the insul-bright in between for heat protection for safety reason.

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