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Thread: POTHOLDERS-what do you use for the middle?

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    I save old jeans and cut them to sandwich between to cotton batting pieces.

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    I use a sandwich of batting Insul-Brite and another piece of batting. So far no complaints from the recipents of my pot holders.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ghostrider
    I use a 'retired' cotton mattress pad for the innards of potholders...old ones are best, thicker and more closely quilted...and very minimally quilt them. Remember, every time you take a stitch through the layers, you put a hole through the heat shield.

    The mattress padding is plenty enough heat protection for anything coming out of an oven (unless you plan to hold it for an hour or so), it's easy to work with, it results in a nice 'grandma' type potholder and it's cheap.

    I just can't see buying special batting whose only purpose is to resist heat, has no real safety advantages (it is NOT flame resistant, and does not claim to be...it's almost entirely poly after all), can be difficult to find, and only works if the correct side of the potholder is facing the heat.
    I do this too. I had some "old" cotton mattress pads and cut them all into hot pad size. The edges of the mattress pads supply many of these, I have quite a stack of them just waiting to be covered. Today's mattress pads are a joke. I finally found some great ones at Ikea that are all wonderful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TonnieLoree
    They are potholders, so I would guess this is where I must store my pot. Let's see though; I don't have any pot. Therefore I do not require a potholder.

    In the home I grew up in they were called hot pads. Any time I have ever made a hot pad, I used the remnants from a mattress pad. The bottom was a piece of denim fabric from an old pair of jeans. The top part could have been remnants from Aunt Bessies dresses (after we removed Aunt Bessie).
    LOL! Thanks! J

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    the coolest and easiest potholders are at
    http://youtu.be/sipzCAflJQ8

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    I also use one layer of insulbrite and one layer of cotton batting - try to use up the smaller pieces of batting. Haven't had a problem so far.

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    I have been using insulbrite in my potholders, but now, after reading all the suggestions on here, I won't spend money on it anymore. I have old mattress pads, towels, batting scraps, quilted muslin, sweatshirts, etc and they will be used in potholders from now on!! Thanks to you all!

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    Quote Originally Posted by AliceQ
    I have been using insulbrite in my potholders, but now, after reading all the suggestions on here, I won't spend money on it anymore. I have old mattress pads, towels, batting scraps, quilted muslin, sweatshirts, etc and they will be used in potholders from now on!! Thanks to you all!
    :thumbup:

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    I knew I saved those old mattress pads for something. Don't know why I didn't think of using them for pot holders before, but thanks for the suggestion. I learn something new every day on this board. Thank you all!

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    Insulbrite can be purchased on-line at www.beautifulquiltfabric.com

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    Insulbrite & 1 layer of warm and natural, and crosshatch for the quilting

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    I found that one layer of Insulbrite is just not quite adequate so I've done them up with two. I would imagine several layers of flannel might work too?

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    i make hot pads and potholders a lot. i use batting or fleece batting along with insulbrite as the inside material and 100% cotton fabric for the shell fabrics. i would not use poly synthetic fabrics for the shell as they are highly flammable.

    i purchased insulbrite for $2.47/yd at hobby lobby. it was much more expensive at joann's and hancocks. i heat test them before i send as gifts.

    there are so many free online patterns for potholders and hot pads. have fun with making these. they make great gifts.

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    Greetings all. I use a pre-quilted teflon fabric. Its a little pricey but not only does it protect hands but when used on table has heat reflective properties so can keep foods warmer for some time. It is completely washable. Peace, Robert.
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    And can you get this pre-quilted teflon fabric at places like Joann's or Walmart?

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    Greetings. I have never seen it at Walmarts. Joann doesn't sell the quilted Teflon but you can buy just the Teflon fabric un-quilted from Joann's. I have done this and just used batting and have also quilted the Teflon fabric with some batting and muslin backing. I use a simple criss-cross or diamond quilting pattern. The Teflon fabric by its self usually runs around $6.99-$7.99 at Joann's. Hope this helps. I buy my quilted Teflon fabric direct from a manufacturer but if you don't have access to buy your own this way, making your own is not that hard. Just takes a little time. Peace, Robert.
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    I use insulbrite

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