Skillet Pot Holder

I saw this idea for a pot holder that fits over the handle of an iron pan. I didn’t quite like the design so I spent a few weeks with it bumping around in my head trying to figure out my own design. I think I finally came up with something.
The first step was to make the pattern. I traced around the handle of one of my pans.

Then I added some extra width.

My first pattern wasn’t big enough. I found I needed an extra inch and a half from the original size.

I had an old towel that I had previously cut up into washcloths, but there was still enough left to use as the lining/insulation. I cut the toweling about an inch shorter than the outside and sewed all four pieces (2 outside and 2 lining) together with the outside pieces in the middle right sides facing each other.

Then it was time to turn it right side out. Almost finished. You see the raw edge at the bottom?

I just tucked it up inside the holder. Maybe some day I’ll sew it down but for now it works, and it was fast.

Finished product.

Nice, eh? I like things that are functional and pretty. Makes me smile. I made another one in an apple pattern.

Do you use iron pans? I have more than I need and love them. I also have an iron pot that we make our oatmeal in every morning. My husband found it at a flea market for $20. It’s from a store that is no longer here in business in Canada. It makes a wonderful roast. I really love my iron pot and pans.

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Jennifer Schonhaar

Jennifer Schonhaar

Jennifer is the happily married wife of a pastor and the somewhat-tired-but-oh-so happy mum to eight beautiful children. She loves to try new healthy recipes, sew, read to her children, garden and play the piano.
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  1. Genius! I’ve been looking at prices for them and I just don’t want to pay that much… This is so simple.

    Sometimes I kick myself that I don’t think of doing things to thrifty way.
    And sometimes I rejoice that I remembered to be thrifty.

    Thanks for the idea!

    • I think being thrifty is one of those things that the more you do it, the more you think about doing it. I know I’m not always thrifty, but it sure feels good when I pull it off.

  2. Julie Geoffrion

    Great idea – I need to make these as I have some pans that go from stove to oven, too!

    • These whip up in about five minutes once you have your pattern made. 🙂 That was the hard part for me. I ended up throwing away one I made. It just didn’t fit. Give yourself lots of extra space around your original tracing.

  3. And for the crafty challenged how much do you sell those for? LOL! I wish I had one of these the other day when I was making gravy and my skillet decided to ‘travel’ across the stove. I think it was like a comedy show watching me try to coax it back with the spatula. This is something on my list now….


  4. Hi Jenn. Thanks for posting this on the Pintastic Pinteresting Party. What a great idea. Looks like it was pretty easy to make as well. Isn’t it nice when we love our cookware. Makes cooking so much more fun and enticing.

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