How to Make Oven Mitts

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How to Make Oven Mitts
Create your own oven gloves. (tray of fresh baked chocolate chip cookies image by nextrecord from

If you do much baking, you know it’s not fun to reach into the oven, even with oven gloves on, and touch a hot pan or the oven’s rack. Some materials used in the making of oven gloves aren’t heavy enough. Sometimes, the safety mitts wear thin, which make it easier for hot surfaces to touch your skin. If you have basic sewing skills, you can make oven gloves quickly and easily. Colour-coordinate them to your kitchen’s decor You may be able to make several oven gloves for the price of a pair at a retail store.

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Things you need

  • Paper
  • Pencil
  • 1/2 yard decorative fabric
  • 1/2 yard lining fabric
  • 1/2 yard cotton batting
  • 1/2 yard heatproof batting or an additional 1/2 yard of cotton batting
  • Thread
  • Scissors
  • Pins
  • Sewing machine
  • Wide bias tape

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  1. 1

    Trace around an old pair of oven gloves for a pattern, or trace around your hand. Allow a 1/2-inch seam allowance all the way around. Make the oven gloves as long or short as you want, but longer gloves may require more fabric.

  2. 2

    Cut out the pieces for the oven gloves. For each pair of mitts you need four outer layers, four lining layers and two layers of each type of batting. If you are using cotton batting for both insulating layers, you need four pieces cut. Cut two sets of fabric, and then reverse the pattern to cut the remaining two sets.

  3. 3

    Stack the pieces in this order: outer fabric (facing down), heatproof batting, cotton batting and lining (facing up). Line the pieces up and pin them if necessary. Sew random lines through all thicknesses to create the quilting. You can also leave the mitts unquilted if you wish.

  4. 4

    Sew the front and back pieces of the oven gloves together with the right sides of the outer fabric together. Sew a 1/2-inch seam. Sew a second seam 1/8 inch inside the seam allowance or sew a row of zigzag stitching. Trim the seam to the second row of stitching or to the edge of the zigzag stitches. Cut a notch in the thumb crotch to prevent the fabric from pulling out as you use the oven gloves. Do not cut through the seam.

  5. 5

    Turn the oven glove right side out. Pin the bias tape in place to encase the unfinished bottom edge. Stitch close to the edge and make sure the stitching catches both sides of the bias tape. Form a loop out of a piece of bias tape and sew it to the oven glove if you want to be able to hang your oven gloves.

  6. 6

    Repeat this process to complete the other glove.

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