Made More Oven Mitts, In Cranberry and Orange


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Not Halloween fabric but I am working with orange. 😀

I just wanted to see how the cranberry fabric would look as an oven mitt trimmed in orange. I kept thinking about it. So… I made one. Then a second one. Can’t have mismatched oven mitts when removing a casserole, now can you?

Did you see my oven mitt tutorial? I am loving making them. Hope you will try it.

Here’s what the latest looks like.

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I love how this orange polka dot strip came out. To tell the truth. It happened by accident. By mistake, I cut too deeply into the “V” thumb area of the top fabric. So when I sewed around it trying to cover the cut, it bunched unsightly. So, the patch to the rescue.

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I used some of the fabrics I used to make the cranberry and orange table mats. Not all of them, since I wasn’t completely sure if one was 100% cotton. Better safe than sorry.

I have accumulated a nice little bag of scraps from this project. Any suggestions on what to make with them?

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Well, back to staring at my Halloween fabrics and hoping for an idea to pop up.


How I Made My Quilted Oven Mitts


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There are a lot of helpful tutorials and tips out there on the net to make Oven Mitts. I did my research, read probably about 30 “how to’s” and cherry-picked from those I liked.

When gathering up your fabric choices make sure you select 100% cotton for fire safety precautions. You will need a top fabric and a lining fabric plus batting and insulated lining.

MAKING OVEN MITT TEMPLATE

First I traced around an old oven mitt I bought years ago at the Dollar Store. Make it slightly larger than the actual mitt. Plain and simple shape. Nothing fancy. I bet you have something similar laying around your house.

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Use hard stock paper for tracing if you have any. You can cut out several templates to make cutting go faster.

CUTTING OVEN MITT PIECES

Cut two (2) mitts from the top fabric. Thumb facing left. One facing right.
Cut two (2) mitts from the lining fabric. Ditto above for left and right.
Cut two (2) mitts from the insulated lining (see bottom of post for what I used). Shiny side up. One thumb facing left. One right.
Cut two (2) mitts from your ALL COTTON batting.

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QUILTING

Pin in this order.

One top fabric and one Insul-Bright. Shiny side facing the WRONG side of top fabric.
One lining fabric and one batting. Batting facing the WRONG side of lining fabric.

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Quilt the above “sandwiches” in two steps. Just as you have them pinned. Top fabric and Insul-Bright. Then lining and batting.

For the top fabric, sew simple, slightly curved lines from top to bottom. And one arched line from inside of thumb “V” down along the thumb’s outside curve.

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You only need to match up one seam, if you wish. For the side thumb seam. Mark this spot so front and back seams will line up when sewn together.

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The rest of the quilting lines can be random. But if you make three lines on the front, as I have. Make the same on the back.

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Quilting on the lining/batting should also be simple, though I did add a few more vertical lines. To keep the inside from bunching when washed, I added two horizontal lines.

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Eyeball it and sew one about 3 inches down from the top and one about 3 inches from bottom of the mitt. Not too many since you don’t want the fabric to shrink from a lot of quilting.

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Repeat for the second set.

SEWING QUILT SANDWICHES TOGETHER

Sewing top and bottom sets together.

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Use your Walking Foot, if you have one, and set it to the default zig zag stitch. I didn’t adjust the stitch. Start anywhere along the edge. Go all around. Repeat for the second set.

Top fabric.

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Lining fabric.

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MAKING HANGING TAB

Cut a strip of matching or coordinating fabric 1 1/2″ by 5″. Fold in half along the longer side. Now fold the halves up toward center fold. Iron or finger press. Sew down the middle of strip. Set aside for later.

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SEWING TOP TO THE BOTTOM

Pin zig zagged sections together with lining fabric on outside, front and back.

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Insert hanging tab (folded) about 2″ up from the bottom on one side. I put mine on the straight side, not the thumb side.

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Begin sewing. Again using your Walking Foot and the zig zag stitch. Yes, you will be zig zagging on top of the zig zagging. Start on the bottom end of the mitt on one side. Go around and stop at the bottom end of the mitt on the other side. Do Not Sew The Bottom Opening. Leave it open.

TURN OVEN MITT INSIDE OUT (Main fabric will be on the outside)

Look over your mitt. Make sure you are happy with how you sewed the top to the bottom. If bunched in the thumb area, go back inside and clip in the “V” area, careful not to cut the stitches. If you are satisfied, turn mitt back to lining on outside. Now do the final sewing. Go back along the zig zag path with STRAIGHT STITCHES. Just to reinforce. Now, turn inside out. Main fabric will be on the outside. Use something stiff (not pointed) to push out the curves along the sewn edges of the mitt. Just using your fingers doesn’t push the fabric out. (This photo is showing two mitts.)

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FINISHING OFF BOTTOM OPENING

Binding, bias binding, cuff. Your choice.

I decided on a mock cuff. Cut a strip of 2 1/2″ by 12″.

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Pin cuff strip to the inside of the bottom opening. Right sides together. Stitch along the zig zag path, above it.

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I removed my tools case (I guess that is what it is called) from my sewing machine so I could fit the cuff onto the arm.

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Stop sewing before you get to the side seam of the mitt. Make a side seam in the cuff strip. Make sure it fits perfectly along the rim. Trim excess from seam. Finger press open. Continue sewing.

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Turn cuff fabric up. Turn edges down. Top stitch all around.

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And done!! Enjoy!!

These instructions will make one oven mitt. Repeat for a second one, if desired.

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This is the insulated lining I used. Insul-Bright. I got it on-line at Fabric.com. It comes with great tips on how to use it. Also has an oven mitt template on the packaging label which I plan to print out to use in the future.

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TWO Hot To Handle


And now there are two. Oven Mitts.

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Finished the second one yesterday. So glad the way I am doing them has worked out. I am working on a tutorial so you can see how I am making mine.

But for now, I will just show you these photos. Hot off the press. Hot and ready for baking. And cooking.

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All eight of the matching place mats have been quilted. And using straight lines. Surprise!! You know how I don’t “do” quilting straight lines. But I was able to manage it this time.

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Now I can work on my Halloween stuff!!


Eight Is Enough and An Oven Mitt


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Eight it is… Tired. Don’t want to make anymore.

Isn’t it tough to keep making the same thing and trying to get them all to match up?

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Yep, it is. At some point you are ready to move on to the next project EVEN before you finish up what you have been working on for DAYS!! Now you see why there are so many Works In Progress out there in Crafty Land. WIP’s just sitting waiting for you to circle back to them. Pushed aside from Sheer Boredom. You are probably thinking about some cool new fabric you just bought and want to cut into.

Me? I have Halloween on the brain.

I want to get started working with these.

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And these.

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And these.

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But FIRST, I need to sew the tops and bottoms together for these eight placemats.

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Was going to stop at six but kept thinking that was odd. Odd number. Two sets of 3 each. If you look at the three connected together, looks like something is missing. I think it should be just two or at least four. (BTW, I changed my mind on the how to arrange the pie pieces. I like this arrangement better. The eyes can land on a spot and not get you all silly dizzy.)

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So, I made two more. To make two sets of four. Different arrangements.

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And I need to get them quilted. No binding. Just edge to edge, turn inside out and quilt.

With the leftover fabric, I am going to make a couple of oven mitts. I have been wanting to try my hand at oven mittens for some time. I have a pattern somewhere around here that I bought. Too lazy to go find it, so I searched on the net. Found lots and lots of patterns. Fabric, yarn, felt. Google “oven mitt” and you will find hundreds.

And after a while, they all start to look the same. Even the directions begin to blend together. BUT… you can make the traditional mitt that looks like you traced your hand or make the puppet style. There’s even one that looks like a “feminine product” (if you get what I mean). Oval shaped that you slip both hands into. Another one I saw was made up as an apron with attached mitts. Like those snow suits for little kids with gloves dangling. I kid you not. For real.

I’m going to go all traditional for my first one. Safe. Here’s what it looks like cut out. I hope I did this right.

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More photos in a day or two.

Waaaaaa.

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I WANT TO WORK ON MY HALLOWEEN STUFF!! 😀