Make Your Own Cast Iron Hot Handle Holders {and How to Layer Silhouette Heat Transfer Material}

Make Your Own Cast Iron Hot Handle Holders {and How to Layer Silhouette Heat Transfer Material}

I recently just got rid of all the Teflon in my house and took it back to the basics with some good ole’ cast iron pans from Lodge {made in the USA ~ yahoo!} I have been using them for a few months and remarkably I have not accidentally grabbed the handles and gotten burned {though I have actually caught myself more than once reaching for the pans}

I decided before my luck runs out I would make some easy hot handle mitts. These are incredibly inexpensive to make and super quick – you can even make them pretty too!
{I tried my hand at layering Heat Transfer from Silhouette for mine}

The only materials need are pre-made potholders and some thread. I picked my potholders up at the Dollar Tree – 2 for $1.00.

Simply fold the potholder in half, align the edges, and sew along the bottom and side seam, leaving one end open. {I ran mine through my sewing machine, though they could be hand stitched as well}

I thought they were a little too plain so I decided to add a simply monogram using my Silhouette. I found a two piece decorative label from the online store and added a letter ‘L’ using the fonts right from my computer. {reminder: all fonts and images for transfers should be mirrored/reversed prior to cutting}

The Heat Transfer paper comes in two different types: smooth and flocked. {The flocked has a raised fuzzy texture to it and the smooth is more like a regular decal}. For my layered monogram I used the Silhouette heat transfer in Smooth Teal and Smooth Black.

*The heat transfer paper runs through the Silhouette machine ‘shiny’ side down.
*{one side of the heat transfer has a visible clear plastic coating on it – you want to make sure this side is down when feeding the material into the machine}
*You do not need to use any cutting mats with the heat transfer – simply feed it directly into the Silhouette.
*Use the Blue Cap for cutting the smooth material and the Pink Cap for the flocked.

Once complete, peel away the negative parts of the design off the plastic backing – leaving only the parts of the decal you want to transfer.

~Layering Heat Transfer Material~
Position the first layer of heat transfer on your desired surface. {the shiny side should be on top} Place a cloth over the design and press with a iron {set to the cotton setting} for about a minute. Remove the cloth and peel away the transfer sheet. The sheet should peel away very easily when it has been pressed for the correct amount of time. If you are having any troubles, lay the sheet back down, replace with the cloth and press again.

Once the first layer has completely cooled, place the second layer of heat transfer down {right on top of the first}, cover with a cloth and press with the iron checking every 10 seconds. It will only take 20-30 seconds for the second layer of heat transfer to adhere. The best way to tell is to look for the bubbles between the decals and the transfer sheet as shown above – the transfer sheet should then peel right away.

{Tip: I used the steam button on my iron for the second layer of heat transfer – pressing just twice, releasing a small burst of steam. It worked like a charm but be careful as you do not want the temperature to get too hot or the plastic transfer sheet will melt}

Serves a purpose with a touch of style…love it!

I was more than happy to toss all my Teflon though I was a little skeptical about purchasing cast iron. I read a lot of articles though and did a little research on how to actually use it and it works…really, really well!



  1. I couldn’t cook without my very old and very well seasoned cast iron. It’s simply the best! I also like your handle mitts very much! I’m used to reaching for a pot holder but the hubs isn’t and often grabs a kitchen towel, which can be so dangerous to drag across a burner. I am off to my dollar store tomorrow for these and I think I’ll monogram them with HIS initials! He’ll have a cute, practical, and unusual Father’s Day gift, won’t he? Thank you for this great idea!

  2. This is very cool and now that I am a cast iron girl myself I am going to have to make some of these.

  3. Those are great! My grandmother and mother use cast iron a lot and I’m sure they would love a set of these! Thanks for the great idea!

  4. I use cast iron all the time and only had one handle holder. Now I’m making a few because this is such a great and easy idea! Thanks!

  5. We are slowly switching to cast iron too. A bit pricey, but worth it. My husband adores the one pan he uses right now, but would like a flat one and a riveted one like the one pictured. I think that these would be a GREAT fathers day gift for him.

  6. Great idea to rid the Teflon. One day….

  7. Never thought about using these for skillet handles. I have very weak writs and cannot lift a skillet with one hand but here is another use for them. I buy the teflon pads at the $1 store, fold them over just as you do and sew and store my curling iron in them when I travel.

  8. i love my cast iron,, thanks for the tut on how to make the hot handle holders.

  9. i’m with you on teflon ALL THE WAY! also got rid of the microwave & find food is much tastier reheated on low in the pan..very seldom miss it!

  10. how great to have your own monogrammed kitchen mittens !

  11. I just burned my hand on my skillet the other day. I am totally doing this. Thanks for the awesome idea!

  12. I do the same thing, only I use them as eyeglass holders – the size is perfect.
    Lovin’ your blog!



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