How to make a simple handle cover for your cast iron skillet or casserole dish
Several years ago my friend Paulie stopped by with a small gift: two cute and imminently practical handle covers for my two cast iron skillets. Both pans live on my stove, and with several kids living at home who cook, they quickly fell into use. It was so nice not having to grab a hotpad to cover the handle of a hot pan! The folded fabric covers contained a layer of jersey in the middle that gave them great insulation and kept our hands cool. They stayed on the pan handles all the time. Eventually, one became scorched when the handle was turned over a hot burner and had to be discarded. Finally the second one had to be retired, also. But before I let it go, I decided to take it apart and figure out how it was made. After all, I couldn’t rely on Paulie’s generosity forever!
Skillet handle covers are simple to make with a sewing machine, but could certainly be stitched by hand.
You will need:
4.5 x 5.5 piece of paper or cardstock for a pattern
an old sweatshirt or scrap of jersey
4 straight pins, scissors, thread, and sewing machine
(If you have quilting supplies, a rotary cutter and cutting mat make this very easy.)
Place pattern on wrong side of fabric and trace around it with a pencil. Cut two. Fold one piece in half as shown and press with your fingernail to make a crease; cut along the crease into two smaller rectangles. Trace and cut one 4.5 x 5.5-inch (11 x 14 cm) rectangle from on an old sweat shirt.
Stack the three pieces: sweatshirt jersey on bottom, then 4.5 x 5.5 (11 x 14 cm) rectangle, then the two smaller 2.75 x 4.5-inch (5.5 x 7 cm) rectangles side by side on top. Pin at corners.
Using a 1/4-inch (6 mm) seam, stitch around all four sides. Trim corners off. Turn right side-out, using something to get the corners pushed out, like a crocket hook, the handle of a spoon, or a bone folding tool. Press flat with an iron. Using a 1/4-inch (6 mm) seam, stitch around all four sides. Fold in half with raw edges in the center and sew a 1/4-inch (6 mm) seam down along the folded edge, like a book. Trim loose threads and voila! you’re done.