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DIY Pot Holder with Heat Shield

Today I’m sharing a cute DIY pot holder with heat shield tutorial.  Learn how I made this round pot holder and what to use inside to make sure it’s safe!

DIY heat shield trivet

First let me quickly tell you why I’m making this little DIY pot holder with heat shield.  My Mom and I have been collecting vintage Pyrex together for years, but we never saw eye to eye on the clear Pyrex flameware: clear glass pots, double boilers, coffee makers, tea kettles, etc.  I thought they were boring, but my Mom discovered that they work really well with glass top stoves because their bottoms are really flat.  When my Mom got her glass top stove, I was moving out so she gave me some of her wibbly wobbly pots and pans and started collecting flameware.  Fast forward three ovens, and many years later, and now I have a glass top stove too!  I curse her hand-me-down pots every time I use one – and now I see the appeal of Pyrex flameware.

(The photos below are from Pyrex: The Unauthorized Collector’s Guide, by Barbara Mauzy).

Pyrex: The Unauthorized Collector's Guide, by Barbara MauzyPyrex: The Unauthorized Collector's Guide, by Barbara Mauzy

So far, the only vintage Pyrex flameware I have is the tea pot/kettle, which is genius!

Old Pyrex AdTurquoise Kitchen with Aqua Pyrex Collection

With it, you can boil the water and steep the tea in the same beautiful vessel – perfect for a small kitchen like mine because I no longer need a separate tea pot.  Plus the glass pot looks so pretty sitting on the stove, and I can gently re-heat tea if it gets too cold (I don’t own a microwave).  The only downside is that the glass lid gets really hot, so I wanted a little aqua pot holder to use with my tea pot.  My Mom and I whipped up an easy DIY pot holder with heat shield, using leftover fabric from the polka dot laundry room curtains.

How to sew your own trivet

Supplies for a DIY Pot Holder with Heat Shield:

  • Cotton fabric (this one is kind of similar)
  • Thread
  • Sewing machine
  • Ribbon or twill tape for loop
  • Heat shield fabric (also called heat reflective fabric or poly-therm fleece)
  • Scissors
  • Paper for circle templace
  • Round object to trace (like a plate)

How to Make a DIY Pot Holder with Heat Shield:

First we used a round plate – slightly larger than the size I wanted the finished pot holder to be – and traced it onto graph paper to use as a template.

How to sew your own heat shield pot holderHow to sew your own heat shield pot holder

We pinned our template onto the fabric and cut out three pieces: two circles from the polka dot fabric, and one circle from the heat shield fabric.

How to sew your own heat shield pot holder

With the circles cut, we cut out a piece of twill tape for the loop.

Cream twill tape

Then we pinned the three circles together.  Because the fabric is reversible – and I wanted one side cream on aqua and the other side aqua on cream – we pinned them together so the “right” sides were facing each other, and the heat shield fabric was on the bottom.  Here’s a peek at the order:

How to sew your own heat shield pot holder

We tucked the loop between the two fabric circles, facing away from the edge.  We sewed the edges with the machine, leaving an opening to turn everything right side out.

How to sew your own heat shield pot holder

To make the curved shape easier to flip, we cut little notches around the circumference.

How to sew your own heat shield pot holder

We turned it right side out and then sewed shut the small opening.

How to sew your own heat shield pot holder

And, voila, a perfectly-sized pot holder to solve my oddly specific kitchen dilemma:

How to sew your own heat shield pot holderAqua polka dot fabricHow to sew your own heat shield pot holder

(I’ve been itching to make one of these since we made those adorable, child-sized pot holders and itty bitty tea towels for the play kitchen we made.)

Learn How to Make This Easy DIY Pot Holder with Heat Shield. Yes, You Can Sew Your Own Fabric Trivet! #sewing #potholder #fabriccrafts #diy



  1. Nikki
    August 26, 2015 / 11:03 pm

    I think I need a teapot like that for our glass top stove. I didn't realize you can use those on top of the stove. I'll definitely be keeping my eye out for one (or more).

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      August 27, 2015 / 2:13 pm

      Yes – these pots are amazing. They can boil the water, steep the tea and – if you don't have a microwave, like me – warm up any leftover tea for later. My only advice is to be very careful if you store it on your stove. I accidentally turned on the element under it while I was cooking and because it was empty it nearly exploded! Luckily my Mom had a spare. I hope you find one!

  2. brikhouse2
    August 27, 2015 / 10:57 pm

    very cute!!

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      August 28, 2015 / 5:43 am

      Thanks!! I'm kind of smitten with that fabric 🙂

  3. Heather C
    August 28, 2015 / 4:08 pm

    I grew up with this teapot and still use it every day. Had no idea that it was a kettle too!! Suddenly it makes total sense, it's Pyrex! Thanks for helping me clear my own clutter. Does anyone need a kettle?

    • Tanya from Dans le Townhouse
      August 29, 2015 / 4:29 pm

      Happy to help! I only knew because one of my Pyrex books features a few vintage ads that explained the two-in-one function.

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