You may have some old oven gloves stained from last year's Thanksgiving turkey grease. Replace them by making new ones. Sewing new oven gloves isn't complicated and has its advantages. Choose a complementary fabric for your kitchen and sew matching dishtowels. Follow this project's easy steps in the afternoon and try a new recipe tonight.
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Things you need
- 1/4 yard fabric
- 1/4 yard lining fabric
- 1/4 yard regular batting
- 1/4 yard heat-resistant batting
- Needle and thread
- Sewing machine
- 2 feet blanket binding
Create a template by tracing the outline of an old oven glove onto paper with a marker. If you don't have an oven glove, trace generously around your hand so there will be enough room inside. Add 1/2 inch to your outline for a seam allowance and fabric movement. Cut out the paper outline.
Lay your fabric pieces, front facing up, on a flat surface. Fold both pieces in half. Use your paper template and trace its shape onto both fabrics with a piece of chalk, marking on the wrong side of the fabric. Once you cut the shapes from the folded fabric, you should have two pieces for the outside of the glove and two pieces for the lining.
Make a quilt sandwich for one half of the mitt. Lay one layer of the outside fabric on a table, front facing down. Add a layer of heat-resistant batting and a layer of regular batting, and top with a layer of the lining fabric, right side facing up. Pin all layers together. Repeat these steps for the other half of the glove.
Sew around the outline of half of your oven glove, leaving about 1/4 inch between the fabric edge and the seam. Take out pins as you sew; don't sew over them. Repeat these steps with the other half of the mitt.
Quilt the layers together. Put both sides of your oven glove on a table with the lining facing up. Use a ruler and chalk to lightly mark three or four lines horizontally, about one to two inches apart, on the lining. Also mark two or three lines vertically, one to two inches apart. When your are finished, you should have a chalk grid on the fabric. Sew along these lines in a matching or contrasting thread and cut any hanging threads.
Take half of the mitt and place the binding carefully on the bottom edge. Sew the binding on, holding it firmly in place as you sew. Trim the binding close to the edges of the glove fabric.
Place both mitt sides together with the fronts touching. Pin the two sides and sew around the outline. Trim threads and turn the mitt inside out.
Making an Oven Glove
Tips and warnings
- Sew slowly as you quilt the layers together. The layers may move a bit as you push them under the sewing machine. The extra 1/4 inch of fabric and batting should accommodate any shifts.
- Use heat-resistant batting. Don't confuse heat-resistant with fire-resistant. Heat-resistant batting will only stop heat from reaching your hands.
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