Things You'll Need
- ¼ yard each of two complementary cotton fabrics (one for the outside and one for the lining)
- Cotton batting
- Double-fold bias tape
- Sewing machine
- Sewing notions
Making your own oven mitts is a basic sewing project almost anyone can do with a sewing machine and some sewing notions. This is a very easy project, and not only will your oven mitt be higher quality than a store-bought one, you can choose fabrics to match your kitchen decor or even the changing seasons.
Draw the shape you'd like your oven mitt to be on paper and cut it out to use as a pattern.
Cut two oven mitt shapes from the fabric, two from the lining and four from the cotton batting.
Make an oven mitt piece by placing the lining (right side down) on the table, then layering the batting on top of the lining and the fabric (right side up) on top of that. Pin the layers together. Repeat for the other mitt piece.
Quilt the layers by stitching through all three layers on both oven mitt pieces. The design can be detailed or random, intricate or simple. At the very least, sew a few random curves up and down the mitt to secure the layers.
Zigzag around the edges of both mitt pieces to neaten them.
Match the two oven mitt pieces with right sides together. Sew halfway around the mitt, starting on the outside edge, using a ½-inch seam allowance. Stop when the mitt is half-sewn.
Line up the double-fold bias tape along the bottom edges of the oven mitt by matching up the raw edges of each. Stitch the bias tape to the lower edge of the oven mitt, using a ½-inch seam allowance.
Fold the bias tape into the inside of the oven mitt and sew again along the bottom edge.
Complete the stitching you began in Step 6.
Make a small clip in the seam allowance at the thumb intersection.
Turn the oven mitt right side out and make sure all seams are fully turned out and neat.
Kathryn Hatter is a veteran home-school educator, as well as an accomplished gardener, quilter, crocheter, cook, decorator and digital graphics creator. As a regular contributor to Natural News, many of Hatter's Internet publications focus on natural health and parenting. Hatter has also had publication on home improvement websites such as Redbeacon.