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How to make a Double Pot Holder with Hand Pockets

Nothing’s worse than placing a delicious meal or sweet dessert in the oven, waiting for the timer to finally sound, and then realizing you need 2 hot pads to lift out your your large dish or pan, but you can only fine one. Or even worse…..you can’t even find ONE! And then you know what happens next—you scramble for a kitchen towel, awkwardly wrap it around the edges of the pan and then try to lift it out of the oven without getting burned. Boo. It’s tragic!

Here’s a solution for that…..a Double Pot Holder with Hand Pockets!

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Once that timer *DINGS*….no more hunting down two hot pads!  Just slide your hands into each of these pockets and grab that large pan/dish/pot/etc right out of the hot oven!

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The entire thing is made from cotton materials, so it can be tossed in the wash when needed!

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And really, you can make this thing as long or as short as you’d like…..depending on the sizes of your pans!

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Now go ahead and make one with some fun fabric, hang it over the oven handle, and keep that Double Pot Holder handy at all times!

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Okay, are you ready to make one for your kitchen?! (And your friend/mother/neighbor’s kitchen too?)

 

Supplies to make a Double Pot Holder:

  • 100% cotton fabric, outer fabric
  • 100% natural cotton batting (Pellon makes something called Wrap-N-Zap that’s microwave safe)
  • 100% cotton 1/2-inch double fold bias tape (if you’d like to make your own, HERE’S a Bias Tape Tutorial)
  • 100% cotton thread
  • Sewing Supplies (here’s a list of my favorite sewing supplies, in case you need a few ideas)

***Check out my Sewing Terms 101 post, for additional help.

 

Start by cutting 2 large pieces of cotton fabric and 2 pieces of batting that are all 8 x 24 inches for the main portion of the hot pad. Then, cut 4 smaller pieces of cotton fabric and 2 pieces of batting that are all 6.5 x 8 inches for both pocket sections.

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Now, round all 4 corners of the bigger rectangles and round the 2 bottom corners of the smaller rectangles.

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To create a simple rounded corner, use a mug or small bowl and trace around it…

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…then cut around it.

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Next, place your large rectangle pieces together with the 2 batting pieces in the middle and the cotton fabric sandwiching them together, facing outward.

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Pin all the layers together and then sew some parallel lines down the length of the fabric, about 1 1/2 inches apart.

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It’s common for the layers to shift slightly, so trim as needed.

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Next, grab 2 of the smaller rectangles and sandwich it around one of the smaller batting pieces, with the RIGHT side of the fabric facing outward.

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Then baste all 3 layers together around the curved sides with a 1/4 inch seam allowance and then attach some bias tape along the top straight edge. (Need help attaching BIAS TAPE? Click HERE!) Repeat with the other smaller rectangle pieces.

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Now, place the 2 smaller rectangle sections at each end of the longer rectangle piece, matching up the curved corners, creating 2 corners.

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Attach each pocket by sewing around the sides and bottom, using a 1/4 inch seam allowance.

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Then, add bias tape around the entire outer edge of the hot pad. (Need help attaching BIAS TAPE? Click HERE!)

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Now, it’s time to hang your Double Hot Pad over the oven handle and let it hang there pretty, until it’s time to be used! :)

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Enjoy!

-Ashley

 

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Ashley Johnston is a professional DIY costume maker, sewist, crafter, and owner of Make It & Love It. She is a mom of 5 and a wife to a very patient (with my craft clutter) husband. In case you’re wondering, she always chooses crafting/sewing/designing over mopping/dusting/wiping base boards……but bathrooms/laundry/full bellies are always attended to. Whew!
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Comments

  1. Molly says:

    I think my insul-brite batting is too thick. This won’t drape like yours does. Maybe mention a thin batting in your instructions. Otherwise, easy to make.

  2. Patti Glau says:

    HI, wanted to print the pattern but could not find a PRINT key. So printed it anyway and ended up with a copy of ALL the comments. PLEASE think about a way to print the patterns you offer ONLY. I am 85 and need a pattern handy to help with my "memory". Thank you, Love this pattern.Oh also could not sign up for your newsletter, program refused my name and email, weird.

  3. Sandy Schlegel says:

    Great instructions,,,,,,,Thanks,will be great for Christmas giving

  4. Cindy says:

    These instructions are amazing and very detailed. I love that the pictures show each step. I have never used bias tape, but went to your tutorial for that as well. It was very informative. I can’t wait to try and make this. Thank you.

  5. Angie says:

    Hi, what is the name of the floral printed fabric?

  6. Vallie Woodrich says:

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  7. Eva Elizondo says:

    you make it look so easy hopefully I can make as nice as yours. Thank You

  8. Jo says:

    I made a boat-load of these for Christmas presents last year. I also made a couple for the camper. They sure come in handy.

  9. Judy Severs says:

    When you sew the pockets to the main piece (24″piece) that leaves an open seam. How do you cover that seam up?

    1. Debbie Carmichael says:

      That open seam will be the one to use for inserting your hand, Judy. It has bias tape on it before you put i=the pocket on the larger rectangle I hope this helps..

  10. Claire says:

    I love this pattern and I’m in the process of making some for gifts right now! However, I found that the 100% cotton batting I’m using is not very good at protecting hands from the hot pan. Does anyone else have this issue? What other heat-resistant batting options are there? I’d love to make more!

  11. Ginysue says:

    Love this potholder! So, I made one as a hostess gift.

  12. Ginysue says:

    Love this idea! Am in the middle of making my first one.

  13. Betty says:

    I made several of these last Christmas for my British friends and they caught on. However, I love your simple tutorial better and will make more this year. I use mine all the time and I love it!

  14. Margaret says:

    I am in Michigan. I have seen them many places and have one myself. Was going to figure it out on my own, so thank you!

  15. Cathy says:

    I make these and sell them in my etsy sho, for those who prefer ready made. I used to use insul-brite but found it rather noisy and so switced to pellon”s heat resistant lining, plus a second layer of warm and natural. Also, longer oven mitts make it easier to get both hands around larger pots or roast pans. etsy.com/ca/shop/StitchedByHitch

  16. Melissa says:

    Is the wrap and zap thick enough for really hot pans that are coming straight out of the oven?

    1. Anonymous says:

      I would use insul-brite along with the wrap and zap. I like the wrap and zap because it seems to have more body than other cotton battings I have tried.

  17. April says:

    I didn’t know these were uncommon in the U.S., but based on some of the comments maybe they are! My mom always had these in our kitchen when I was growing up (in the U.S.)! Either way, I’ve needed to make myself some for years! Better get on it!

  18. Ayla says:

    Que bonito te ha quedado y que práctico, colgado del asa de la puerta del horno para tenerlo siempre a mano :D . NUnca los había visto pero igual me pongo manos a la obra a hacer uno :P
    Besote!!!!

  19. vanessa says:

    Love this idea ! I am going to share this on my blog for my next post !

  20. T says:

    Are the pockets not quilted?

    1. Ashley says:

      Nope, they don’t really need it…..but you definitely could quilt them if you wanted!

  21. Melanie C says:

    I love this! I will be making one for me soon :)

    1. Ashley says:

      Oh good…..hope it turns out perfectly for you! :)

  22. Bonnie Zink says:

    What a great stash buster project! This one will certainly make my gift giving list this year.

    1. Ashley says:

      Oh yes, all it takes is a little bit! :)

  23. Jasmine Patrick says:

    I just love these pocket oven mitts, we have them here in Australia, and can buy them in the shops, but I haven’t tried to make them, so will have a try, thanks for the tutorial!!!!!

    1. Ashley says:

      I’m surprised they aren’t as available here in the U.S…..crazy! But yes, now you can make them just how you want them! :)

  24. Janice says:

    These are my favourite oven mitts and I always stock up when I am in England.

    1. Ashley says:

      Ooooh, I love it! You already use them!!! Now you can make your own! :)

  25. Rachel Harrington says:

    This is interesting because here in the UK I’ve never seen anything but this double system, which I’d call oven gloves…

    1. Robin says:

      Oh wow we are behind here in the US. I have never seen this double mitt creation before. It is a smart idea.

    2. susie says:

      yea ive never heard or seen it here in the US i watch great british bake off and they all use them so i went online to find it and found this! thank you!! making as i type for christmas gifts for my family!!!

    3. Charlotte says:

      This is what we use here in Australia too. So useful especially for heavy dishes.
      It is so interesting to learn how different cultures and countries do things so differently, even down to the types of oven mitts they have!

    4. Ashley says:

      Oh really???? That’s awesome…I love that you already use these, so smart! Now you can whip up several of them out of that cute scrap fabric you’ve maybe been hoarding! ;)

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