I LOVE modern quilts. In my dream world, I would take a month off work and quilt the whole time. Sewing a full-sized quilt is a bit intimidating in my small apartment, though, so these DIY quilted oven mitts were the perfect baby step in that direction.
I couldn’t tell you why it’s taken me so long to get to making oven mitts — I sew costumes for a local mascot shop part-time, so making oversized mittens and gloves is literally something I do almost every day there. I’m really happy with how these oven mitts turned out — I might start now and make everyone a pair for Christmas! —Kathleen Ballos
-sewing machine (not pictured)
-iron (not pictured)
-cotton in various colors/patterns (I used this cloud pattern)
Step 1: (To make ONE oven mitt) Draw an oven mitt onto the fabric you want to use as your liner — I traced an old one I already had. Cut at least 1/2″ outside the line. Use this as a template to cut the other liner — if your fabric is patterned, make sure to do one in reverse.
Step 2: Cut out a layer of insulation for each cotton liner.
Step 3: Now for the fun part: setting up the patchwork. Using the cotton liner as my guide, I laid out squares of fabric underneath it until I was happy with the layout. Make sure to cut two of everything, for both sides of the oven mitt.
Step 4: Sew the two smaller squares together and press the seams flat.
Step 5: Sew the rectangle onto the two squares, making sure to do them as mirror images. Press all seams.
Step 6: Place the patchwork good-side facing down on your work surface. Put the insulation on top, and then the cotton liner on top of that and pin all layers together. Use a ruler and pencil to draw vertical lines on the liner — this is where you’ll do your quilting. Do the same for the other side of the oven mitt.
Step 7: Sew through the lines you just drew, taking the pins out as you go. Trim any excess threads.
Step 8: Now pin both your quilted pieces together, with the patchwork sides facing in.
Step 9: Sew around the mitt, following the pencil line you traced in Step 1 (you can redraw this if it’s no longer visible). On the dip in the thumb area, do not sew in a V shape — for best results, you need to make a square U, with at least three stitches across the bottom. It’s a good idea to go back and forth over this area to make it extra strong.
Step 10: Trim away the excess seam allowance. In the thumb area, cut as close as you can without snipping any threads.
Step 11: Turn the mitt right side out. Fold the raw bottom edge up into the mitt and pin in place. I hand-sewed this seam in using a ladder stitch, but you could use a whip stitch instead, or even use the sewing machine for quicker work. I prefer the hand-sewing method because then there isn’t a horizontal seam on the outside competing with the vertical quilt lines.