Use your trusty cast iron skillet to whip up a tasty lasagna, bake a puffy pancake or even sizzle a steak. Make it in the skillet and serve it in the skillet—that's one of the many beauties of these cast iron pans. However, no matter what you decide to cook up, that handle is going to get hot. Very hot. Protect your hands when you pull your fiery, red-hot creation out of the oven by using a handy-dandy skillet handle cover that you made yourself.
Things You'll Need
Paper and pen
Paper and fabric scissors
Insul Bright Fabric (insulated batting)
Place the handle of your skillet face down on your paper. To create the pattern, draw a line around the handle about an inch away. Cut on the line to create a paper pattern for the skillet handle cover.
Pin the pattern onto your desired fabric and cut out two pieces for the outside of the skillet handle, two pieces of coordinating fabric for the lining, and 2 pieces of insulated batting for the inside of the handle cover.
Place one of the insulated batting pieces down first. Then place one of the outer fabric pieces directly on top of the insulation piece with the right side facing up. Place the next outer fabric piece face down so the right sides are together. Place the second piece of insulated batting on top. Pin the four layers together.
Sew around the curved edge of the handle cover and leave the flat edge open.
Next, pin the two lining pieces with right sides together and sew around the curved edges. Leave a 2-inch opening in one side and leave the flat side open.
Turn the insulated piece right side out. Use a sharpened chopstick or a bamboo presser to push out the corners.
Place the insulated piece inside the lining piece so the right sides of the fabric are together. Line up and sew around the flat raw edges.
Pull the fabric through the opening in the lining piece to turn it right side out. Sew close to the edge to close the opening in the lining.
Push the lining fabric inside the outer fabric and press with an iron to form a nice crisp edge.
Now, slip your cover over the handle before you pull out a delicious, hot pan of cast iron skillet lasagna from the oven. Your hands will thank you.
These handles are not meant to be placed in the oven while baking. Place them on the handle after cooking is complete to pull the skillet out of the oven or off the stove.