A homemade oven mitt is a great way to add some personal flair to your kitchen. In addition to being a useful accessory to hold hot dishes, the fabric of your oven mitt can be customized to match your kitchen’s design scheme. So, if you decide to hang your oven mitt instead of storing it in a drawer, it will perfectly match its surroundings. We have a list of best oven mitts, in case you need recommendation.
It shouldn’t take you more than an hour to make this oven mitt. Using basic sewing and quilting techniques, it is an excellent project for a confident beginner. You could also use it as a unique gift, especially if you pair it with other kitchen items such as a potholder apron 13 Free Kitchen Sewing Patterns
Materials for DIY Homemade Oven Mitt
- 2 pieces of cotton, canvas, or home decor fabric for the outside (10 inches by 13 inches each)
- A cotton fabric for the lining (10 inches by 13 inches each)
- Insulated batting (10 inches by 13 inches each)
- Bias tape that is double-wide
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- Oven mitt pattern template
Homemade Oven Mitt Steps
Make a Quilt Sandwich
Adding some simple quilting to your oven mitt will help keep everything together as well as add some nice detail to the finished product. Quilting is easiest to do before cutting out the oven mitt shape.
Making a quilt sandwich is the first step. Below are the steps to layering fabric and batting:
- The fabric should be right side up
- Shiny side up insulated batting
- Right-side up exterior fabric
- Sew all your layers together using safety pins or basting spray. Make sure everything is smooth and wrinkle-free.
- Make a second quilt sandwich for the other side of the oven mitt.
Quilt the Layers
Put your quilt sandwiches on your sewing machine and machine quilt them as desired. No matter how detailed or simple you want your quilting to be, it is completely up to you. After quilting a diagonal line, we used the walking foot as a guide to quilt parallel lines. You’ll get the best results if you start quilting in the middle of the fabric and work your way out. While quilting, make sure everything stays smooth. Keep an eye out for pins as you see them and take them out as quickly as you can.
Trace Your Pattern
Place your two quilted pieces right sides together. Place the oven mitt template (printed at 100%) on top of the fabric, and trace around it.
Pin the two sides together.
Sew the Quilt Sandwiches Together
Now is the time to attach your walking foot to your sewing machine if it isn’t already attached. The layers are thick, and your machine needs extra traction to sew over them.
Everywhere except for the bottom line, sew along the oven mitt template line. Be sure to backstitch at the beginning and the end so everything stays in place. You can pivot as much as you need along the curves.
Cut Out the Oven Mitt
Pins must be removed. Cut out your sewn oven mitt, leaving a 1/4-inch seam allowance and taking care not to cut through your stitching. Then turn and Press. Use a pencil or fabric turner to turn your oven mitt right side out. Give it a good ironing.
Make and Attach the Loop (Optional)
Make a simple loop out of bias tape if you want your oven mitt to hang. Fold a 5-inch piece of bias tape in half. Pin or clip right sides together at one of the oven mitt seams, raw edges aligned. You need to sew the pieces together.
Prepare the Binding
Bias tape should be cut into a 16-inch strip. Position the binding so that it encloses the raw edge of the oven mitt. You should start at the seam without the loop (if you made one).
Secure the rest of the binding around the bottom of the oven mitt with pins or clips. Once you reach the loop, be sure to enclose it with the bottom of your oven mitt. If you have extra binding after you pin, just leave it on for now.
Attach Your Binding
All the way around, stitch 1/4 inch away from the top of the bias tape, backstitching at the beginning. You should sew around the bottom of the oven mitt; don’t sew the bottom of the mitt together. You’ll need some time for this, so take it slow.
You should stop sewing about 2 inches before you get back to where you started attaching the binding. Cut off the excess bias tape, leaving 1 inch to overlap where you started.
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You can now open the short end of the bias tape you just trimmed. Fold the raw edge of the binding into the binding, then fold the binding back up. Your edge will be nicely finished this way. If necessary, clip or pin.