DIY Quilted Cloud Oven Mitts

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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

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Supplies

-Insulated lining/batting
-ruler
-pencil
-scissors
-thread
-sewing machine (not pictured)
-iron (not pictured)
-cotton in various colors/patterns (I used this cloud pattern)
-straight pins
-needle

Steps

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.

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Step 2: Cut out a layer of insulation for each cotton liner.

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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.

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Step 4: Sew the two smaller squares together and press the seams flat.

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Step 5: Sew the rectangle onto the two squares, making sure to do them as mirror images. Press all seams.

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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.

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Step 7: Sew through the lines you just drew, taking the pins out as you go. Trim any excess threads.

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Step 8: Now pin both your quilted pieces together, with the patchwork sides facing in.

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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.

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Step 10: Trim away the excess seam allowance. In the thumb area, cut as close as you can without snipping any threads.

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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.

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  1. Angela says:

    Thoughts on how much fabric you used?

    1. Kathleen says:

      If it were all the same fabric, I wouldn’t buy less than 1/2 yard total. Since I mixed and matched fabrics though, I ended up buying more than I needed so I had some wiggle room.

  2. Akaleistar says:

    I love the cloud fabric! So pretty!

  3. HydrangeA says:

    Thanks for the tip! I’ve just made one myself and I had problems with the insulated lining. What brand do you use? I bought Insul-Bright and Poly-Therm but I had to use 3 layers of each so as not to get my hand burned. XOXO from Barcelona!

    1. Kathleen says:

      Unfortunately I’m not sure what brand I used – I bought mine from a local discount fabric store and they aren’t great about labelling everything. I hope you find one that works better for you!

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