If you are having some hard time looking for mitts that fit your liking, why not make your own instead? You can make mitts to suit your taste and your kitchen’s theme. With stylish mitts, you will no longer have to hide them in the drawers as they can now add to the aesthetics of your kitchen. Mitt-making can be a fun and exciting past-time. Here, we will teach you how to make homemade oven mitts.
How to Make Homemade Oven Mitts
Prepare Your Tools
To make your oven mitts, gather first all the materials and tools needed for seamless work. The following should be on your worktable:
- Fabric scissors
- Sewing machine (optional)
- Walking foot
- Safety pins or basting spray
- Sewing pins or clips
- Pencil or fabric turner
- Iron and ironing board
- Two 10” x 13” fabric of your choice for the outer side
- Two 10” x 13” cotton fabric as lining
- Two insulated batting of the same size
- Double-fold bias tape
- Thread that matches your outer fabric
- Oven mitt pattern
Creating Quilt Layers
- Quilting your mitts is an optional task but should you like to add quilting to make your mitt hold better and be able to anchor more designs after sewing, then it’s all up to you.
When layering your fabrics for the quilt, here’s how it should be:
- The lining fabric should be positioned right side up.
- The shiny side of the insulated batting should be up.
- The exterior fabric should be placed right side up.
- After this, tack the layers using safety pins to ensure they’re smoothly laid out and without wrinkles.
- Repeat the process to create another quilt sandwich to be used on the other portion of the mitt.
- Start quilting the layers with the sewing machine, creating unique designs along the way. You can use the walking foot to guide you when sewing corresponding lines.
- To prevent wrinkling, sew from the middle going out while ensuring the plainness of the quilt sandwich. You wouldn’t want crumpled fabrics inside.
Draw Your Outline
Once you’re done with the quilting, it’s time to create your outline. We’ll make this task easy for you as we continue with this how to make homemade oven mitts tutorial:
- Gather the quilted layers and position them on their sides.
- Take the mitt pattern and place it over the fabric and trace the outline of the mitts.
- Use pins to secure the layers.
Stitch the Layers Together
- Make use of the walking foot this time as it helps your machine gain extra traction in sewing over a thick layer of fabrics.
- When using, make sure you do not include the bottom part of the mitts. All other parts should be properly sewn together.
- Use backstitch to sew the part where the hands go into. Make sure to cover the edge and keep everything in place.
A Few More Work
- Take off the pins and cut the mitt, leaving behind a ¼ inch extra fabric over the seams to allow the mitt some working room. Be mindful that you don’t cut the stitches you made.
- Turn the mitt to expose the right side.
- Iron press the mitt for a firmer look.
- Create a loop and attach it to the mitt so you’ll have something to hang the mitt. Use the bias tape for your loop. Fold a 5-inch bias tape into half and secure the right sides altogether. Anchor it at the side of the mitt’s seams by sewing.
Hold on, dear fellas, as we’re about to get to the end of our how to make homemade oven mitts tutorial. Here are a few more steps:
- Prepare a narrow piece of bias tape about 16 inches long. Expose the binding’s raw side and position it on the hem’s edge in the oven mitt’s remaining unsewn side. If you attached a loop, start sewing at the side that is without the circlet.
- The pins come in handy this time to tack the remaining binding around the opening of the oven mitt. As you near the loop, be prepared to bind it along with the mitt’s raw edges
- Sew the binding onto the edge, ensuring a ¼ allowance from the tape’s top as you envelop the mitt. Be careful not to sew the mitt’s bottom together; instead, sew around it.
- Once you almost cover the bottom’s edge, stop sewing about 2 inches away from the end. Measure one more inch from the binding end to overlap the area where you started stitching and then cut the bias tape.
- Expose the bias tape tip that you have just cut and fold the unrefined side into the binding, and then fold it up once more. Doing so will result in a seamless bottom.
- Finish off stitching the binding.
- Decorate the mitt as you wish!
Creating stuff at home is a productive and enjoyable way of spending leisure time. Seeing your finished product is simply rewarding, and you get more useful things at home, too. This guide on how to make homemade oven mitts works great for beginners as it’s easy to do and uses just common household tools. Here’s how to learn more about oven mitts.