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.
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.
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.
I finished the edges using binding. I also added a little loop, so the mitts can easily hang from a hook.
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
- Insulated lining
- Binding (2 metres should do the trick)
- Contrasting thread
- The pattern
How do you make it?
- Print the pattern without scaling. Measure the test square to check if the pattern has the correct size.
- 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.
- Add 1 cm seam allowance for each part, and cut your fabric. You now have 2 larger parts, and 4 smaller parts.
- 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.
- Stack all parts that were cut from pattern A as follows:
- The outside of the oven mitt in fabric, with the right side of the fabric facing down
- The insulated lining
- The lining
- The inside of the oven mitt in fabric, with the right side of the fabric facing up
- 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.
- Quilt everything together using a pattern that you like. I chose squares and drew lines on 4cm distance and 1cm distance.
- Take 2 smaller parts – a left part and a right part – and iron the facing on the wrong side of the fabric.
- 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.
- Add binding on the inner side of both parts (i.e. the right side).
- 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.
- Create the loop by cutting a piece of 10 – 12 cm off the binding, folding it lenghtwise, and sewing it together, also lenghtwise.
- Define where the middle of the oven mitt is, fold the piece of binding over, and pin down as a loop.
- 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.
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 😉