Every year I try to make something handmade as a gift for my family and friends. This year, I opted for oven gloves! Everyone can use a good oven mitt and who wouldn't want it to suit their personal style. They are very easy to prepare and can also be a great puzzle. This tutorial will show you how to make a basic oven mitt. I used the template that came with the Insulbright batting package, but there are tons of templates floating around online for free!
The following instructions are for creating a single oven mitt.
- Outdoor fabric
- Lining fabric
- Bookbinding fabric
- Insulating wadding, I use Insulbright
- Cotton quilting batting
- Sewing machine and basic supplies (scissors, thread, pins)
Make the oven glove
1. Cut the pieces
Create a pattern by tracing around an existing oven mitt. Add 1″ extra seam allowance around the perimeter. If you prefer to use an existing pattern, there are tons available on Pinterest. If you purchased Insulbright lining (here is a link), there is a template included in the package.
Use the pattern you traced or printed to cut out the following pieces:
- 2 pieces of main fabric
- 2 pieces of lining
- 2 pieces of Insulbright
- 4 pieces of quilt batting*** Some patterns will require you to use only one layer of batting. Personally, I like to add a layer to each side of the insulation to ensure that the oven mitt can be used on both sides without the risk of burning.
2. Quilting the layers
Make a sandwich of fabric and batting by placing the pieces in the following order:
- exterior fabric
The insulbright should be surrounded by a layer of fleece and a layer of fabric on each side. Pin the layers together. I quilted straight lines on my oven mitts, so I also used a washable marker to mark the lines.
Quilt the layers together by sewing straight lines or a pattern onto the material to secure all layers.
3. Attach a binding
Cut a strip of fabric about 2 inches wide and long enough to go around the opening of the glove, plus a little extra for overlap.
Fold the strip in half lengthwise and iron. Pin the strip to the edge of the glove, matching the open edges. Sew together with a 1/4″ seam allowance.
Once sewn, fold the strip to the other side of the glove and sew it, covering the raw edge of the oven mitt.
If your binding was wider than your oven mitt, cut off the excess.
4. Repeat steps 1-3 with remaining pieces
You should have both sides of the oven mitt padded and connected.
5. Sew it pieces together
Place the quilted pieces together, right sides together.
Sew around the glove with a 1/2″ seam allowance. I recommend 1/2″ here instead of the standard 1/4″ used for quilting, because there are a lot of layers and things can change. Leave it unstitched and open bottom.
Trim the curves, especially around the thumb, for a smoother edge when turned right side out.
Turn the glove right side out, push the thumb and fingers outward and iron flat.
Well done! You've made an oven mitt! You are now ready to bake all the quilt cookies your heart desires 😉