04 January 2011

Favorite Oven Mitt Tutorial, with free template.


I have a favorite oven mitt. I've had it since we were married over 11 years ago. However, it's showing it's age.


Am I the only one who's accidentally placed a mitt on a still hot but turned off ceramic cooktop? {crickets chirping} I wanted one just like it, and I thought maybe someone else might as well.

Let's get started!
Before you begin, download your template HERE

Gather up your materials. 

You'll need:
  • Outer fabric, a fat quarter is perfect.
  • Lining fabric, a fat quarter also
  • Matching double-fold bias tape, one yard
  • Insulbright batting
  • Quilt basting spray
  • Matching thread
  • Fabric marking pen
  • Sewing tools; including scissors, seam ripper, pins, and sewing machine.
Before you begin, make sure your fabric has been prewashed and ironed.  Oven mitts often take a lot of abuse, and I know mine needs washing fairly frequently. 


Step one.  Lay out your fabric into a sandwich.  The outer fabric first, then the batting, shiny side down, and finally the lining fabric.
It's really important that the shiny side of the batting faces the outside.  This is what protects your hands from the heat.

Repeat, making sure the fabric will fit your template in reverse.  You will have two halves of an oven mitt, each a mirror of the other. 

Step two.  Lay out something to protect your work surface, like newsprint.  Get out put down your lining fabric, and spray lightly with the basting spray.
Press the batting to the lining, with the shiny side up.
Give another light spray, and then press the outer fabric to the batting.  You may have a little wrinkling, do your best to pull things tight with your hands. 
Repeat for the other half of your oven mitt. 

Step three.  Trace your template onto each sandwich's lining.  

Make sure you flip the template so that each side is a mirror of the other.  You are making one oven mitt.  :)

Step four.  Quilt the fabric sandwiches. I used a wavy stitch, and sewed in a fairly straight pattern every inch to inch and a half.

I stopped just passed where the tracing line was.

 Repeat for the second side. 

Step five.  Following the template line, carefully cut out each mitt piece.


Step six.  Add the bias tape.  First, add a little hanger. 

Fold into a loop, and baste to one oven mitt half as shown.


To finish the bottom edge, apply bias tape to the bottom of each mitt half.  I struggle to get bias tape placed like I want it, so I am really careful.  I first pin and sew the tape to the outer fabric.


I fold the tape over so the bottom is covered and baste in place.


I then stitch the tape into place and remove the basting stitch.


Be sure to trim all your threads. 

Step seven.  Sew the two halves together.  First, pin the halves right sides together.

Stitch together, being very careful around the curvy parts, 1/4" seam allowance.  


Don't forget to clip the curve where the thumb meets the rest of the mitt.  I did, and when I turned it the first time, everything pulled funny.  


Finally, finish all your edges.  If you are lucky enough to have a serger, go for it.  For the rest of us, a tight zigzag will be fine.


Turn the mitt right side out.  You made need to use a wooden spoon to push out everything, as the fabric may be a bit stiff. 


Well done!  These are really not too hard to make...and make kitchen chores so much more fun.  Enjoy.


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Gwen @ Gwenny Penny said...

Great tutorial, Chris! I love the wavy stitch you used for the quilting. I've never used basting spray, but I'm thinking I might need to get some.

Cat said...

I can't seem to get your template to come up. It says the link does not exsist.

KJ@letsgoflyakite said...

Great tutorial Chris. I really like the use of the wavy stitch too! I have very elementary quilting skills (not great with curves), but this might be a good one to start on.

Chris said...

@Cat
I'm sorry that link wasn't working. I just tried it, and it worked ok. It may be your internet browser. If you have any other troubles, let me know. :)

Lindy said...

Another really great tutorial! Great idea to use the spray adhesive!! I love it...

{northern cottage} said...

how cute...well done! So great that you can personalize it to fit your kitchen or others for gifts - mmmm ideas!

www.northerncottage.blogspot.com

Emily @ LaForce Be With You said...

Great tutorial! Thanks for sharing!

www.laforcebewithyou.com

The Creative Muslimah said...

Yes please, I'd love a fabric sandwich!! :-) ´Mmm.... :P

I love your tutorial, thanks so much for sharing!!

Love,

The Creative Muslimah @ www.thecreativemuslimah.blogspot.com

Anna said...

so cool chris, this does look like a great shape! I will be making some, for me and my girls play kitchen!!! really, please hold me accountable to that. :)

Starr said...

Love this!

Melissa said...

Very pretty - love the fabric. :)

Sarah @ Modern Country Style said...

You really do post incredibly clear tutorials. I love 'em! Thank you so much for putting this together. My oven mitts are also in a sorry state. Oh, the shame!!

Sarahx

Jessica said...

I love it! What a great tutorial. Thanks for sharing!

Hi, I'm Hannah. said...

Yeah I love that fabric too! I can see how that would make any job more fun. Hope you had a wonderful holiday season!

House Revivals said...

Once my machine is out of storage, I will definitely be trying this quilt basting spray! I have had a few "favorite" mitts lost to the stove burner.... I usually try to keep using them, and forget I've burnt the tip off, and burn myself on a hot pan!
~Amanda

Chrissy said...

The mitts are beautiful! Mine could definitely use some sprucing up. Thanks so much for sharing the how-to!

Heather - Dollarstorecrafts.com said...

Great job on your tutorial. Oven mitts are the best, and having one in custom fabric sounds great!

Another vote here for someone who has never used basting spray. It sounds great!

Elizabeth (Blue Clear Sky) said...

Hi, stopping by from the Freckles Laundry air your textiles party. Great tutorial! I really like your fun fabric choices and you make it look so easy!

urbancraft said...

ok, I can't tell you how cool this is cause my mitt looks just like yours and is getting even more trashed by the minute.

freckled laundry said...

Thank you for the tutorial, Chris! I threw away my oven mits when I bought this little silicone grippers. How dumb that was because those silicone grippers don't work well at all. The heat from a cookie sheet goes right through them! Thanks for sharing with air your Laundry Friday!

Hugs,
Jami

Khris said...

Thanks for sharing Chris. I have also linked to you on my Freebies blog...hugs Khris

tiffangel03 said...

Thanks for the tute!! Im in a swap and needed some inspiration. Found this tute on pinterest and just followed along!! I linked to you on theharvestquilter.wordpress.com

Michele Pacey said...

Hey Chris, I just made one of these, and your tutorial was awesome. I'll be blogging it on Thursday probably, and linking back of course. Been needing to make one of these forever. So glad I found your tute. :)

ruth brusseau said...

I made one of mits today and it was so easy. It came out great. I made my own binding instead of buying it. I am making these to go with a casserole carrier that i made. Really happy i found this pattern.

ruth brusseau said...

I made this pot holder today and it came out great. I am making this to go with a casserole carrier for Christmas. I am happy to have found this pattern.

chris said...

@ruth brusseauRuth, I'm so glad you liked the pattern! I think homemade binding is the best, too. :)

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