When my son was a baby, he loved watching”Walk with the dinosaurs», this superb documentary series from the BBC. When I say “loved,” I mean he watched it every day at the same time, at 11:30 a.m., for half an hour – he was 11 months old. This routine lasted a year. After the episode, he had lunch, a bath, and an afternoon nap. After waking up from his nap, he would grab a pair of yellow oven mitts and pretend for the rest of the day to be a Tyrannosaurus Rex, to him it was a “Dieddo”.
I bought the oven gloves at Ikea. They were yellow and lasted 15 years. As it turns out, they weren't the nicest mittens, but I just couldn't give them up. They gave me so many fond memories of my little kid in yellow shorts and yellow oven mitts running around the park “scaring” everyone.
Well, some time has passed and those original oven mitts have since disappeared, as has my now grown little boy. Well, he didn't disappear, but he simply moved out to start his own life. In any case, making this oven glove pattern reminds me of him and in the hope that it will be useful to you, I also wanted to share the design with you.
This is a simple and fun project that should be suitable for all levels of seamstress and will only take a few hours to complete.
- 1/2 meter of quilting cotton of your taste
- 1/2 meter of insulated lining (Insul-Luminous)
- 1/2 meter of fine fleece
- 1 meter of bias tape
- temporary fabric glue
- scissors or rotary cutter
- sewing machine
- sewing machine needle size 14
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The oven mitt pattern comes in one size, but you can simply add/remove the seam allowance if you want to change the size. They are long, so adjust them to your taste accordingly.
How to prepare fabrics
All seam allowances are 3/8″ (1 cm). The model has three pieces and we will use them to cut out the four layers of material.
For your reference, I use the green fabric for the exterior of the oven gloves and the red fabric for the lining.
The parts below are the outer layer or oven mitts.
Glue the insulating liner to the outer fabric using temporary fabric glue. Why temporary? Because it doesn't leave any residue on the needle when you sew.
Sew the thin fleece to the lining fabric using a straight cross stitch.
How to sew oven mitts
Place the thumb/bottom part with the printed side facing out. Place the printed thumb side down. Sew at 3/8.
Cut the seam allowance in half.
Turn your thumb up.
Place the top piece on the thumb and sew.
Turn the outer layer over.
Repeat steps with the cotton liner. But don't look back.
Slide the liner inside the outer layer.
Make a loop with bias tape or cord to hang the oven gloves.
Fold half of one end of the bias binding and pin it to the raw edge of the oven mitts.
Sew the bias tape around the opening of the oven mitts, making sure to catch the hanging loop.
You now have a pair of oven mitts or potholders with clips. I have to say that I now have a pair that will replace the imaginary dinosaur.
These oven mitts can be easily made in just a few hours, perfect for the gift giving and baking season.
17 years later, I am still able to recite 4-5 lines from the beginning of each episode of Walking with Dinosaurs. Come to think of it, I still have the DVDs I bought from a BBC store so long ago. The problem is that I no longer have a DVD player and no computer seems to have a DVD player anymore. Everything is now somewhere in the cloud.
Do you have an object that holds a special place in your heart and that you would like to reproduce? Tell me in your comments below.
Well done and happy sewing!
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