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