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Thread: Help! Hot pads don't work!

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    I've found that you can't use just the Insulbrite alone, you need at least one layer of warm & natural or other cotton batting, as this absorbs some of the moisture from the heat, so it works better. I made an extra long table runner, using the zig-zag pattern I found online for my son and DIL for them to use on their buffet because the top was starting to get some heat damage from their coffee pot. My DIL loves it and says it works like a charm and she just tosses it in the washer and dryer - works great.

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    I just finished making 36 of those cupcake hotpads. They work just fine with Pellon thermore, two layers. No insul-bright needed. Anyway it is more expensive.

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    If I were making hot pads, I'd use an old army blanket, preshrunk, two layers, between the top and the back. I've never had a problem with that.

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    I use an old cotton quilted mattress pad. The middle wore through so I saved the outside pieces. It is heavy enough to use for hot pads for pans.

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    I've never used the Insulbrite (just found out about it on QB) but I always liked old terry towels to make potholders. A couple of layers of the thicker ones maybe more if the towel is thinner.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tothill View Post
    The very best oven mitts I have are store bought and use a very heavy layer of terry, plus canvas on the back. They are from Williams Sonoma.

    If I was making oven mitts or hot pads I would use at least one layer of terry towelling (I would just cut up an old towel), with what ever other batting I might use.
    I agree with this. The very BEST pot holder I ever had came from Wms.Sonoma and was imported from England. It was several layers of terry cloth quilted together and bound. If you want to use the Insulbright then pad it with a couple of layers of old towel cut up. I'd use the terry cloth over the batting, especially because the terry, being old would have been preshrunk.

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    I make mine with 1 layer insulbright and 1 layer w & w - have never had a problem! I also use this mix for mug rugs so the heat from coffee doesn't mark the furniture.

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    I double the insulbrite in the holder and use 4 layers in the mitt.
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    'At least one layer of cotton batting is recommended with Insul~Bright when used as Oven Mitts or Pot Holders. Insul~Bright is heat-RESISTANT, NOT heat-proof.'

    This is a quote from the Insul-bright website.
    Deanne Ellen

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    I have never used insulbrite. I make potholder innards out of old shrunken sweaters (wool) and bits of towel (double layer).

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    Embroidery library has a tutorial on this they use insulbright and the shiny fabric that goes on ironning board covers. Yes, they make theirs using embroidery but the concept is still the same.
    Judy

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    To remove items from the oven, I now use Ov Gloves. They keep this klutz (one thanksgiving I got 5 stitches cutting butter with a knife), they are made from kefvlar (sp???) if you can kefvlar fabric, I would recommend using that as a filler.
    If life gives you lemons, make a margarita.

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    http://www.warmcompany.com/pdfs/ibeng.pdf I make mine to this pattern but the lining fabric is a good quality calico, which I use heaps of for not only these but backing for place-mats and linings for heavy duty totes.

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    My mother sent me a hand mit for the oven and it's like having a think piece of cloth on when I take something out of the oven. Talk about almost burning my fingers! She used felt - so that material doesn't work. I think when I make some oven mits or pot holders, I'll use something a little more heat resistant.

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    I also use old towels in hot pads. I usually use 2 or 3 layers and it seems to work fine.

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    wow. great info... thanks to all

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    i use W&N, pieces left over. two or 3 layers. never burned myself taking things out of the oven, and none of the girls have complained either. then whatever scraps i have around for the outsides.

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    I used left over scraps of drapery interlining until they ran out. Now I have to purchase it! Several (3-5) layers with the silver ironing board cover material on one side and any cotton fabric I think will work in the kitchen colors on the other. One of my daughters always reminds me to make the loop big enough to hang on her kitchen cabinet knobs! She displays them a while before actually using them! LOL

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    I agree - one layer of Insul-bright and 2 layers of batting - works like a charm!
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    Quote Originally Posted by BellaBoo View Post
    I discovered the silver heat resistant fabric is better then the Insulbrite and doesn't add bulk. I put it between two layers of cotton batting for oven mitts. The Walmart fabric dept manager ordered some of the silver heat resistant fabric by the bolt and it's only $4.98 a yard!
    Is it the stiffer silver fabric or the one that's more flexible? I found the soft/flexible one at JoAnns recently and it was labled 'ironing board cover'. I already had the thicker kind. And $4.98 a yard is CHEAP! It's 9.00 at JoAnns and when we had 60% off coupons it was on sale, of course, for $1.00 off per yard ... grr. But I was able to use one of my 50% off coupons on Black Friday.

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