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!


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.


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

  1. Barbara Michel says:

    I thought this would be difficult… bought the materials and put it off for a long time. Did it today and it was a breeze! Love the finished product! Thank you!! ?

  2. Jan Stargazer says:

    I don’t see where it says what the seam allowance is?

  3. Susan smith says:

    Can’t wait to make these as gifts. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Keepingbusy says:

    I’m just a beginner at sewing and this was super easy, even for me. I used old jeans and they turned out super cute. Thank you.

  5. Pat Pierce says:

    This is probably a really dumb question. I bought some of the Insul-Bright to make these for the new cast iron skillet we just bought. Does the shiny side of the insul-bright face up, or face down on the layout of the fabrics you showed. I loved your tutorial – so easy to follow! Thank You!

  6. Heather says:

    I just stitched up one of these as a last-minute Christmas gift, and it came together so quickly and easily! Great pattern, easy to follow… Thanks so much!

  7. Sandy says:

    Great pattern! much easier than the way I use to make them. I used outer fabric, insul-bright and the silver material that they use for ironing board covers for inside lining.
    . That with insul-bright really blocks the heat.
    Thanks for the tutorial

  8. Miza Sobreira says:

    Maravilhoso todos os tutoriais!! Obrigada!!

  9. sue says:

    This project is easy to sew up but I couldn’t turn it inside out to complete it. The insul bright that I have is too bulky unless there are different weights that I don’t know of. Is there a trick that I’m missing?

  10. 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.

  11. Nedy says:

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

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  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.

    • Cheryl Streeter, Annandale, Minn. says:

      I really like this idea. And, since flat irons, curling irons, etc come in different lengths and diameters, a quick tracing outline of the appliance could make a “custom fit!” Thank you.?

  15. Since Facebook is notorious for not letting page owners know when I tag them, I thought I would stop by myself and let you know I featured this post and my readers loved it!

    • 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.

  16. 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

  17. 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! ~

  18. Pauline Hughes says:

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

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

  20. 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!

  21. Mary Ellen says:

    Love this!

  22. 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!

  23. Dana says:

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

  24. Farmlife Chick says:

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

  25. Krystyna says:

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

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

  27. 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.

  28. 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!

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