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Thread: Hot Pad Help

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    Junior Member AlyssaR's Avatar
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    I'm making a table runner and matching hot pads for my sister in law I was wondering if there was some kind of fabric that I needed to use or a spray to protect it or what. I'm so lost. Someone help me out.
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    I make hot pads the same way I make potholders. A couple layers of cotton batting is all you need.

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    There is silver backing you can get at Joann's,I don't know what it is called but it is for use in hot pads and pot holders.

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    I use InsulBrite when I make potholders.

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    You will need the Insulbrite batting for the hot pads. One layer of regular batting will not stop the heat from going through and possibly damaging a table or counter top. I even suggest two layers of the Insulbrite. (That's the batting with one shiny silver side). (I probably spelled Insulbrite wrong)

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    I use Insulbrite too. I would also suggest using Scotch guard on them to make them stain resistant. You spray on and let dry.

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    I just cut up an old silver coated ironing board cover.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AlyssaR
    I'm making a table runner and matching hot pads for my sister in law I was wondering if there was some kind of fabric that I needed to use or a spray to protect it or what. I'm so lost. Someone help me out.
    Alyssa
    I use Insulbrite too. You don't need 2 layers of it. The foil is between 2 layers of padding and sews wonderfully, and washes just like any towel. Just make sure you use all cotton fabric, no poly/cotton. That will melt. I have even used it in a table runner for my daughter that she keeps in the middle of her table. She said it worked beautifully for hot dishes.

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    Also note on the Insulbrite instructions that there is a reflective side to the InsulBrite.

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    Quote Originally Posted by katsewnsew
    Also note on the Insulbrite instructions that there is a reflective side to the InsulBrite.
    I have heard that, but for the life of me have not figured out how to tell that yet. :oops:

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    Quote Originally Posted by grann of 6
    ... I have even used it in a table runner for my daughter that she keeps in the middle of her table. She said it worked beautifully for hot dishes.
    This is a wonderful idea - and so obvious I would have fallen over it. I'm glad to have seen your post before starting to quilt a table runner that I'm planning - gives the runner additional use/benefit.

    Cheers, K

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    Quote Originally Posted by CorgiNole
    Quote Originally Posted by grann of 6
    ... I have even used it in a table runner for my daughter that she keeps in the middle of her table. She said it worked beautifully for hot dishes.
    This is a wonderful idea - and so obvious I would have fallen over it. I'm glad to have seen your post before starting to quilt a table runner that I'm planning - gives the runner additional use/benefit.

    Cheers, K
    I have made my daughter 2 seasonal table runners and a pot holder with insulbrite. She like them so much she has them out all year round!

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    I use old towels or terry cloth bathrobes in my potholders , Using two thicknesses with the backing and top is plenty thick for keeping the heat from burning. The recycling part is a big plus. Ihave also used old sweatshirts, recycled matress pads, old felted/moth holed wool sweaters. At times I have used many thinkness of flannel ( prewashed/shrinkage). All will quilt just fine if you are machine quilting and using a walking foot.
    I agree that one layer of batting is not sufficent.

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    Thanks everyone. I'm so excited to get started on them. Insulbrite is what I will use in both the table runner and the hot pads. Thanks again! Love getting help!
    Alyssa

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    I do the same.
    Quote Originally Posted by tolepainter54
    I use InsulBrite when I make potholders.

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    One last comment on the Insulbrite. With only one layer of it on my potholder, the heat came through enough to burn my fingers, and even worse, I dropped the pan I was holding, breaking the glass pan all over the kitchen floor and alas.... the Funfetti cake was no more!
    I strongly suggest two layers for any potholders!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lori S
    I use old towels or terry cloth bathrobes in my potholders , Using two thicknesses with the backing and top is plenty thick for keeping the heat from burning. The recycling part is a big plus. I Have also used old sweatshirts, recycled matress pads, old felted/moth holed wool sweaters. At times I have used many thinkness of flannel ( prewashed/shrinkage). All will quilt just fine if you are machine quilting and using a walking foot.
    I agree that one layer of batting is not sufficent.
    I also use old towels (not really worn) with batting for the potholders. Seems to work out fine and there is no shrinkage from the towels - natch!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bluelady
    One last comment on the Insulbrite. With only one layer of it on my potholder, the heat came through enough to burn my fingers, and even worse, I dropped the pan I was holding, breaking the glass pan all over the kitchen floor and alas.... the Funfetti cake was no more!
    I strongly suggest two layers for any potholders!
    That's very interesting, because I have never had a problem with mine. But I very often do use 2 pot holders together, maybe a subconscious reaction to a too hot pan; don't know, never thought about it.

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    I use insulbrite, and if I want the puffier I use one layer of all cotton batting.

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    You also want to make sure you don't use synthetic materials. 100% cotton is best. If you use polyester batting or synthetic material it is very likely to melt with repeated use. (Ask me how I know! lol)

    Insulbrite is great! I use it in addition to another layer of cotton batting or cotton towels or I use an old hot pad on the inside with the Insulbrite.

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