Double oven mitt – Free downloadable pattern

My step mom, she knows how to bake. And she does it a lot (and when I say a lot, I mean a lot). All that baking had worn down her oven mitts, and the need for new ones got bigger every week.

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I started my search for fabric, and landed on an old skirt of mine. One I had once made myself several years ago, and that I hardly ever wore. I used it to cut the bigger parts (pattern parts A). Because the fabric wasn’t wide enough to cut part A as 1 big part, I used a seam in the middle.

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For the smaller parts (pattern part B), I used leftover cotton. I cut little squares of 7 by 7 cm, and quilted 4 rows of 5 squares each (by hand, since I was able to combine that part of the work with a baby sleeping on my chest). When finished, I used pattern part B to round down the corners.

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I finished the edges using binding. I also added a little loop, so the mitts can easily hang from a hook.

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Would you like to make a similar pair for yourself? Then follow the instructions below.

What do you need?

  • Fabric that can take a beating (and some heat), such as cotton
  • Lining
  • Insulated lining
  • Binding (2 metres should do the trick)
  • Contrasting thread
  • Facing
  • The pattern

How do you make it?

  1. Print the pattern without scaling. Measure the test square to check if the pattern has the correct size.
  2. Fold your fabric and draw the pattern pieces as follows:
    • Pattern part A: 2 times at the fold
    • Pattern part B: 2 times on double-folded fabric. In total, you need 4 parts of part B, 2 left sides and 2 right sides.
  3. Add 1 cm seam allowance for each part, and cut your fabric. You now have 2 larger parts, and 4 smaller parts.
  4. Fold your binding, and cut pattern part A once on the fold. Do the same for the insulated lining. You don’t need to add any seam allowance.
  5. Stack all parts that were cut from pattern A as follows:
    1. The outside of the oven mitt in fabric, with the right side of the fabric facing down
    2. The insulated lining
    3. The lining
    4. The inside of the oven mitt in fabric, with the right side of the fabric facing up
  6. Clearly mark the side where the insulated lining has been added. It’s important that you keep this side on the outside, the side that takes most of the heat.
  7. Quilt everything together using a pattern that you like. I chose squares and drew lines on 4cm distance and 1cm distance.
  8. Take 2 smaller parts – a left part and a right part – and iron the facing on the wrong side of the fabric.
  9. Place the 2 smaller parts with facing with the right side facing down, and place their counterpart without facing on top, with the right side facing up. Sew together with a large stitch.
  10. Add binding on the inner side of both parts (i.e. the right side).
  11. Put the smaller parts on top of the larger parts, with the right side facing up. Make sure that the rounded corners are on top of each other, and that the part with the insulated lining is at the bottom. Sew together using a big stitch.
  12. Create the loop by cutting a piece of 10 – 12 cm off the binding, folding it lenghtwise, and sewing it together, also lenghtwise.
  13. Define where the middle of the oven mitt is, fold the piece of binding over, and pin down as a loop.
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  14. Add binding around the oven mitt. Start from the middle, from the opposite side of the loop, to avoid having too many layers on top of each other.
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Done! Time to start baking!

Or, if you don’t feel like baking, you can always use this mitt to hold your remote controls. Pretty handy 😉

Upcycling towels – Here’s how you do that

Towels live forever, in this household. Well, almost forever, that is. The old towels that I took with me from home when I went to live on my own moved along with me through each stage in my life. Now and then, one doesn’t make it. Depending on how it ends of this one, it sometimes gets upcycled.

That’s what happened to my old Minnie Mouse towel. Once, in a past life, that towel survived many swimming classes. Once, it was white, with a very nice Minnie Mouse printed on it. Over time, it became more grey, and Minnie started to look a bit dishevelled. The edges started fraying, and it was clear Minnie wasn’t going to be able to go on much longer. Unfortunately, I have no pictures to prove this, you’ll just have to believe me (although it wouldn’t surprise me if my mum would be able to dig one up after reading this post)

Feeling only slightly melancholic, I took out scissors and ruler, and started cutting. Squares and rectangles. I overlocked the edges of each single one, and tada:

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  • 7 makeup removal pads
  • 3 cleaning rags
  • 21 cheeky wipes

And one added example of cutting up a towel with print? You can always claim it’s a puzzle afterwards.

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How about you? What happens to your towels when they start fraying? Do you recycle them, or do they go somewhere else?

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Johnny the hobby horse

We had a stick lying around the house. A nice and thick one. One that was asking to be turned into a hobby horse. Not just for the stick, but also for Ronny, our first horse. It was getting a bit lonely.

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Hobby horse number 2, Johnny, was born out of a torn sock. One with a big-toe hole. So I cut out an extra hole on the other side, and sewed some black felt behind it. Now Johnny has 2 nostrils.

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As for the rest, I made Johnny in the same way as Ronny. Except that Johnny has curly hair. That’s because the hair yarn was part of an overzealously knit scarf I made for myself (so long it was getting dangerous to cycle), and that I frogged a bit after it was finished.

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I guess I could spray some water on to straighten it out again. But where’s the fun in that 😉

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Do any of you ever make clothes out of torn garments?

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Hobby horse from a lonely sock

Our little guy is an outsider. Literally. The more he can be outside, the better. Staying inside drives him crazy. Running outside, that what he wants to do. Most of the time just that little bit faster than his little legs can cary him. Favourite place to run: the woods.

For some kind of reason that my mummy mind doesn’t quite get, running goes better when you have a stick. Not to lean on, to hold onto. The thicker the stick, the better. So sticks are switched for larger ones in between. Now and then a dog walking past can grab hold of it as well, but that’s another story. Sometimes – yet rarely – the perfect stick is found. In that case, that stick has to come home with us. Of course.

So yes, we are the proud owners of a couple of sticks. And sometimes, they do come in handy. To make a hobby horse, for example.

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Making a hobby horse doesn’t take that much time. This one is made of a lonely, lost sock, a stick that was just as lonely, some yarn, some rope, and some felt. And some stuffing, of course.

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Its ears and hair are made as described in this pin. Its eyes are felt circles that I sewed on top. The very small nostrils exist of embroidery yarn that’s knotted at the end (and that have already disappeared into the horse. Larger knots next time!).

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The stick is from the park near our place.

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Our little guy loves it. He’d love to have a whole riding school. So I think our collection of sticks may grow soon. Fortunately, this house does contain quite a number of lonely socks waiting for a new destination.

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Hi-Yo Silver! Away!

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What do you do, with those lonely socks?