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Thread: Can I use regular batting for potholders?

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    Can I use regular batting for potholders?

    I would like to make some pot holders to coordinate my kitchen and a few for my friends, but I am not sure if I can use regular batting. I have scraps of low and high loft poli as well as thin cotton batting. What do you think? Is polyester going to melt while burning my fingers at the same time when I go to pick up a pot? I would appreciate your advice. Thank you!
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    I have used several layers of cotton batting in potholders. I don't know what polyester would do for sure. I would think it would melt together and you would lose you protection.

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    In my day, I've messed up many a piece of cotton/poly fabric, with a too-hot iron. Poly just can't seem to handle high temps, very well. I imagine it would be the same, with batting.
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    I wouldn't suggest the poly for the reason you stated. I have made many potholders and I just use warm & natural (cotton) batting.
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    ive always used a layer of insulbrite and then a layer of batting, either cotton or poly or a blend. ive never had burnt fingers and the insulbrite isn't very spendy and you can get about 8 potholders out of a yard that are about 8.5 finished. hope this helps and have fun! i love potholders!
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    When poly batting gets wet, it loses its insulating capability. Ask me how I know.

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    In just bought isulbrite and it wasn't too expensive. I used a 50% off coupon. I was told that all you needed to put in was the insulbrite...It's also supposed to be the same stuff used to make insulated fabric lunch sacks.

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    I use recycled jeans and cotton batting for my potholders.
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    i use insulbrite with cotton batting or cotton flannel in my potholders. you can purchase insulbrite at hobby lobby for $2.99/yd or use a 40% off coupon to get it cheaper.
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    Any potholder, no matter what type batting is used, will lose it's heat resistance if wet. Found that out a long time ago, before poly batting came on the scene.
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    Definitely don't use polyester.

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    For a shop hop favor my LQS gave beautiful hot pads. Beautiful, but ... don't use them! Hang them from a hook! Hot, hot, hot. I'm thinking they just used regular batting.
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    Don't use any polyester -- it does not like heat. I have used multiple layers of warm and natural but I have also put insulbrite in the middle of two layers of warm and natural.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LivelyLady View Post
    I use recycled jeans and cotton batting for my potholders.
    This is what I use also for my potholders I usually us two layers of old jean fabric and sandwich the Cotton in between the jeans.
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    Don't use Polyester batting for hot pads, period.

    I've melted/burned through cotton covered polyester batting filled hot pads when brushed against the heating element in my electric oven, and in a hot oven (425+F). I kept the hot pads because they were large enough to use, even with the scorch marks but have been far more leery about using home made ones ever since that happened.

    If you MUST use up your poly batting in hot pads, use them for hot plate carriers or mug rugs, where they are exposed to lower temperature pans/cups, rather than oven direct heat. This will keep your warm plated items from losing their heat while traveling/ sitting on tables, and it will not hurt yourself.
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    I save old towels that have outlived their usefulness for my potholders. You can always find areas where the towel isn't so worn, and cut out your squares for insulation. I use two squares of towel for insulation, plus a layer insulbrite, and those potholders will stand up under the most intense heat. I pick up the insulbrite when I can get it on sale, and usually have some around. My gift recipients love my potholders, and often ask for more, because they say they are "sturdy, pretty, and you never burn your fingers with them." So that's my secret. Oh, and I use the prettiest quilt blocks and colors for the outer layers of the potholders, often doing a series of similar quilt blocks and colors for a gift. But the real secret is in the two layers of towels plus the insulbrite -- best and sturdiest insulation there is!
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    Quote Originally Posted by MacThayer View Post
    I save old towels that have outlived their usefulness for my potholders. You can always find areas where the towel isn't so worn, and cut out your squares for insulation. I use two squares of towel for insulation, plus a layer insulbrite, and those potholders will stand up under the most intense heat. I pick up the insulbrite when I can get it on sale, and usually have some around. My gift recipients love my potholders, and often ask for more, because they say they are "sturdy, pretty, and you never burn your fingers with them." So that's my secret. Oh, and I use the prettiest quilt blocks and colors for the outer layers of the potholders, often doing a series of similar quilt blocks and colors for a gift. But the real secret is in the two layers of towels plus the insulbrite -- best and sturdiest insulation there is!
    When you do this where does the insulbrite go? Between the towels?
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    Felted wool is also an awesome filler for potholders.

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    I heard someone say that they used old towels which I thought was a good idea. We often use them to pick things up.

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    i've got the same question. what a GREAT idea!! this has been a very useful chat for me to come and visit! thank you!
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    When you do this where does the insulbrite go? Between the towels?
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    I use thick felt, insulbrite, cut up jeans, terrycloth, whatever , layered with poly or fleece for puffiness which I like. Just make sure I have enough of "whatever" to make my pot holder heat resistant.Poly alone will not work but sandwiched with eg. cotton it will.

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    I make lots of potholders and always use 2 or 3 layers of cotton batting I have even used old towels and found they work very well insulbrite dulls my needles to fast

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    No poly. A multi layer of 100 cotton. An old towel cut in layers would work.

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    never made any, but I'd use insulbrite.
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    One idea::: At our local fabric store, a clerk suggested I purchase the silver, material that is used in ironing board covers. It is thin and cheaper than insul-brite that is ofter used in potholders and less bulky to sew.

    Cut 2 squares of the silver material and one square of the cotton batting ( cotton absorbs the moisture and wont melt, like poly batts) Place the cotton batt between the 2 silver squares (siver side faces out in order to make both sides of your potholders heat resistant. Good luck. copycat

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