Sew Yummy: Saucepan Handle Cozy Tutorial

September 27, 2012

I am so pleased to have Abby from Things for Boys here today with the first sewing creation of the ‘Sew Yummy’ series.

I first found Abby’s blog when her baby sleeping bag tutorial was featured on Grosgrain.  It was around the same time that I had posted about the sleeping bag I made for Rowan (although I never did manage a tutorial) and Abby’s son is called Roman. I thought the coincidence was funny so I emailed Abby and we’ve been in contact ever since. She is a multi-talented crafting whirdwind and full of creative ideas and useful tips. Some of my favourite things she’s made include her fold over cuffs or mittens tutorial, blinged up baubles and this modern monogramming T-shirt. Today she has sewn a very stylish but practical item for baking.

Saucepan Handle Cozy

I love my Cast Iron skillets. They cook food beautifully and look cute sitting in a little stack. The handles can get pretty hot though! I don’t like using a tea towel to grab them because the tea towel is usually wet so I burn myself or I use too much tea towel to grab the handle and set the tea towel on fire!! Little mitts or cozys for the handles are perfect! They are a great scrap busting project and come together really quickly. Here’s how you can make your own.

Saucepan Handle Cozy

You’ll need:
  • Insul-bright batting or wool batting or a wool blanket
  • Lining fabric
  • Outer fabric
  • Sewing supplies
Saucepan Handle Cozy 1

To start, measure around your handle to get your width. Take your measurement and add 2 cm (1″) for ease to allow for the batting thickness and another 2 cm (1″) for seams. My width measurement is: 10 + 2 + 2 = 14cm

Saucepan Handle Cozy 2

Measure along your handle to get the length you want. Add 2 cm (1″) for seams. My length measurement is: 15 + 2 = 17cm

Saucepan Handle Cozy 3

Cut a piece of your outer fabric, batting and a piece of your lining using your width and length measurements.  I am using an old woollen blanket for my batting. If using a blanket, make sure it’s 100% wool.

Saucepan Handle Cozy 4

Layer your fabrics. Place the batting on the bottom, the outer fabric on top with the right side facing up and the lining on the top with the right side facing down. Your outer and lining will be right sides facing.

Saucepan Handle Cozy 5
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Working with the batting uppermost, stitch a seam along the width (so in my case one of the 14cm sides) using a 1cm (1/2″) seam. Press the seam towards the batting and then top stitch the seam to the outer fabric and batting, using a 5mm (1/4″) seam.

Saucepan Handle Cozy 7
Saucepan Handle Cozy 8

Trim 1cm (1/2″) from the end of the lining. This will stop the end seams from laying on top of each other.

Fold in half along the length and pin together the open sides.

Saucepan Handle Cozy 10

Stitch all the way around to close it all up, leaving an opening about 5cm (2″) in the side of the lining for turning.

Saucepan Handle Cozy 9

Trim the seam allowance of the batting down and clip all the corners. Turn the cozy right side out.

Saucepan Handle Cozy 11

Sew the opening in the lining closed nice and close to the edge. Push the lining inside the cozy and you’re done! Let’s celebrate with some Warm Buttered Apple!

Saucepan Handle Cozy 12

That’s such a great fabric to use for a cozy. I could certainly use one or two in my kitchen, it might have stopped me burning me hand last year. Thanks for sharing this Abby, I wish I could pop round for some warm buttered apple and a chat. 


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  • Reply Sue {munchkin munchies} September 27, 2012 at 3:11 pm

    So cute and so practical! Love the fabric!

  • Reply wendy September 28, 2012 at 4:15 pm

    thanks for this tutorial, I desperately need some of these!!

  • Reply Stephanie B September 30, 2012 at 5:37 pm

    Oh my god… I have been trying to make one of these for ages and could never get the end thickness through my sewing machine. Grr! I never thought to do it this way! You’re a life saver… thanks for posting this 😀

  • Reply Jill S. September 30, 2012 at 8:20 pm

    This is just what I’ve been looking for!!! Christmas is around the corner, and I make all my gifts! Thank you so much for the great tutorial and project idea!!!

  • Reply Kitchen Ninja October 10, 2012 at 6:48 pm

    I just burned the beejeesus out of my hand the other night, after I forgot that the frying pan on my stovetop had recently been in the oven. I need one of these PRONTO! Thanks for sharing the tutorial.

    • Reply Laura October 10, 2012 at 9:57 pm

      Absolutely Mrs Ninja. I feel your pain and I’m certainly very glad for Abby’s tutorial.

  • Reply Francine March 31, 2018 at 5:27 pm

    Is there a pdf for downloading?
    Great pattern. Thanks

    • Reply Laura April 13, 2018 at 9:28 pm

      There isn’t Francine. Abby gives instructions in the post on how to get the measurements you need for you pieces to fit your saucepan. Let me know if I can help at all.

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