Sewing an oven mitt has been my first sewing project. When I started sewing eight months ago, before I started making quilts, I made small crafts, like this one that I will explain to you how to do. The good thing about making your own oven mitts is that you can customize them so that, even if you’re not using them, they match your kitchen décor.
You can use different fabrics for the front and back of the mitt, or the same fabric, or use your imagination and create a patchwork piece for the mitt. In this way you will make it much more yours.
You will see that they are very simple to make, and later, you can make a matching pot holder or apron.
- Scissors (fabric and non fabric)
- Sewing machine
- Walking foot
- Tracing pen or pencil
- Safety pins or basting spray
- Sewing pins or clips
- Iron and ironing board
- Fabric turner (optional)
- Picking sheers (optional)
- Cotton, canvas, or home decor fabric for the outside (1 piece, 10″ x 24″)
- Cotton fabric for the lining (1 piece, 10″ x 24″ and 1 piece, 1¼”x4″)
- Insulated batting (2 pieces, 10″ by 13″ each)
- Matching thread
- Oven mitt pattern template
- Cotton batting (2 pieces, 10″ by 13″ each) (optional)
The first step is to cut the fabrics. Print the template setting the print size to 100%.
Fold each rectangle in half aligning the 10″ edges. We place the template on top and cut the piece. You can hold the template with pins. Or mark the piece with tailor’s chalk and then cut it out with scissors. I cut it directly with the 18mm cutter.
Make the sandwich with each exterior units:
- Insulated batting shiny side up
- Cotton batting
- Exterior fabric right side up
Quilt as desired. You may secure the layers using pins or basting spray. I do not use either of them. As it is a small piece, i quilt it directly.
Cut off the excess of batting.
Face both exrterior sides right sides together and sew along the edge using ¼” seam allowance. Leave the straight edge open.
Make a few clips in the area where the thumb meets the palm as close as you can get to the stich line without cutting into it. This will loosen up the fabric a little more. Also use the picking sheers on the curve line. If you don’t have them make some notches with the normal scissors.
Sew now the two pieces of the lining leaving an opening of about 4″ on one side as shown in the photo.
Make a few clips in the area where the thumb meets the palm as close as you can get to the stich line without cutting into it.
To make the loop, cut one rectangle 1 ¼” x 4″ using the leftovers of the lining fabric. Fold the rectangle along the center, aligning the 4″ edges and sew along this edge using a ¼” seam allowance.
Turn the piece using a fabric turner. Then fold it along the center and press.
Flip the mitt right side out. Use a chopstick for the small parts like the thumb.
Put the mitt on and reach in the lining, so the right side of the outer fabric is touching the right side of the lining.
Put the loop between the layers on the big curve side, aligning the edges.
Set your sewing machine with the free arm and sew along the edge using ¼” seam allowance. Start where the loop is placed. Make some reverse stitches when you have finished.
Turn the mitt inside out, using the opening on the lining.
Close the lining with a hidden stitch or normal stitch with the sewing machine.
Now push the lining inside, and fill in there with your fingers. Topstich the mitt using a matching thread.