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    Help! Hot pads don't work!

    I tested making an oven mitt yesterday using insulbright (shiny side out etc.) but it really wasn't enough protection. I want to make some for Christmas, but want them to work!!! How do you do it? Double the insulbright? Use insulbright + regular batting? Please help! Thank you.

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    You need to use cotton batting and the Insulbrite layered together. Most potholder made to be used need at least two layers of batting.
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    I use only insulbright. In the oven mitts I use 2 layers for each side of the mitt. I like 3 or 4 layers for the hot pads. They work great. I use them all the time with my cast iron in a 450 degree oven. I wouldn't use regular batting.

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    Hot pads are where I use up scraps of my 80/20 quilt batt that I have zig zagged together. I put the layers of the batt ( you can use as many as you can sew through)between the outside layers of insulate. I don't use mine for getting things out from the oven though, I just use then for setting things on at the table.

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    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!
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    1 layer insulbrite, 1 layer W&N OR W&W
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dolphyngyrl View Post
    1 layer insulbrite, 1 layer W&N OR W&W
    Does this work for table runners that might get used as a hot pad as well?

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    I make mine 2 layers of insulabriht and a layer of warm and nat.

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    I make mine like Bella does. Never had any issues.
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    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.
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    I do the silver fabric and then W & N. It works great.

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    Insulbright has 2 sides, one that reflects the heat, and one that absorbs the heat. You would use one side for cold items and the other side for hot items. Don't ask me which side is which, I think it tells in the instructions. I solved it by using 2 layers, or as others have said, add warm and natural. Just make sure you are using cotton batting, not synthetic.

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    JoAnn's sells the silver fabric off the bolt, too. Works great, no bulk. It's actually ironing board cover fabric, 44" wide.
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    Just checked my Insul-Bright wrapper. Here is what it says : Insul-Bright is the ideal insulated lining for many projects. It consists of hollow, polyester fibers neddlepunched through Mylar. The hollow fibers resist conduction while the reflective Mylar resists radiant energy. The energy, hot or cold, is reflected back to its source. In other words, you would want the shiny mylar side out for hot pads.

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    The best 'filling' I had for hot pads was table protecting padding - after I shrunk it (which I think shrank about 30 (yes 30) percent.

    It was nice and thick - and only one layer of 'middle' to deal with.

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    Another great 'filling' was wool knit sweaters that had been 'felted' - whether intentionally or accidentally.

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    I have always made hot pads out of scraps and use old towels or 3 layers of batting and so far have had no problems. I have never tried insulbright.
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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 that the same silver cover used on ironing boards?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Charming View Post
    Is that the same silver cover used on ironing boards?
    The older ironing board covers used it, now the cover are mostly pretty print cotton.
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    I just use 2 layers of the insulbrite. Never had a problem!

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    Timely information! I plan to make some hot pads out of orphan squares for gifts this season....never even thought about the thinsulate not working! I will layer it between some W and N.....or the silver fabric if I can find it! Thanks to the OP for asking!!

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    I do like to use a layer of cotton batting with insulbrite, and flannel or denim backing for a little extra thickness.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MimiBug123 View Post
    I just use 2 layers of the insulbrite. Never had a problem!
    Me too, with the shiny side out on both sides.

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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!
    thanks for this hint, my next purchase........

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