Free Directions to Sew an Oven Mitt

Using oven mitts to remove oven baked bread
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  • 01 of 07

    Materials

    Free Pattern and Directions to Sew Your Own Oven Mitt
    Sew Your Own Oven Mitt. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com

    You can buy an oven mitt but making your own allows you to have the colors and the thickness you want.

    Materials needed to sew an oven mitt:

    • Cotton fabric of your choice - heavy pre-quilted or cotton fabric
    • Thread
    • Double fold bias tape to match or contrast your fabric.

    Materials to create a pattern:

    • An oven mitt from your kitchen or use your hand
    • Paper to trace the pattern onto or pattern tracing material
    • Pencil
    • Paper scissors

    *Note: I recommend using cotton batting and multiple layers if possible....MORE Polyester will melt under extreme heat.

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  • 02 of 07

    Create Your Pattern

    How to Create an Oven Mitt Pattern
    Create an Oven Mitt Pattern. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com
    Using an Oven Mitt to Make a Pattern:
    • Press the mitt as flat as possible
    • Lay it on a piece of plain paper or pattern tracing material.
    • Trace the edges of the mitt.
    • Add a 1/2" to all edges.
    • Mark the bottom of the thumb indent. Cut the pattern out using the outside line create by adding a 1/2".
    Using Your Hand to Create an Oven Mitt Pattern:
    • Keeping your fingers together and your thumb extended, trace around your hand.
    • Smooth the lines to create a "mitt" appearance, approximately an inch...MORE from the edges of the traced hand.
    • Add a 1/2" to the edges.
    • Mark the bottom of the thumb indent.
    • Cut out the pattern using the outside line from adding a 1/2".
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    Lay Out, Pin and Cut Out the Mitt

    Lay Out, Pin and Cut Out the Mitt
    Lay Out, Pin and Cut Out the Mitt. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com
    • Fold the pattern in half at the wrist and extend the fold the length of the pattern. This fold line will be your grain line.
    • Pre-quilt your fabric, using multiple layers of batting or use thick pre-quilted fabric.
    • Lay the pattern on a single layer of your fabric, keeping the grain line an even distance from the fabric selvage. Pin the grain line in place.
    • Pin the edges of the pattern in place.
    • Cut out the pattern piece from your fabric.
    • Un-pin the pattern piece and turn. the pattern piece over.
    • With...MORE the pattern piece turned over, repeat to cut out the second side of the oven mitt.
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    Prepare the Fabric Edges

    Prepare the Fabric Edges
    Prepare the Fabric Edges. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com

    To make the fabric easier to sew and keep all edges lined up, zigzag the edges of the cut out fabric.

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    Create a Hanging Loop

    Create a Hanging Loop
    Create a Hanging Loop. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com
    • Using a 3" piece of double fold bias tape, sew the edges together sewing as close to the edge as possible.
    • Measure 1" up from the wrist on the edge opposite the edge with the thumb.
    • Fold the length of sewn bias tape in half.
    • Place the body of the folded bias tape on the body of the fabric, aligning the edges of the bias tape with the edge of the fabric.
    • Baste the folded bias tape in place at the edge of the fabric.
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    Join the Pieces

    Join the Pieces
    Join the Pieces. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com
    • Place the fabric pieces right sides together, aligning the edges.
    • Using a scant 1/2" seam allowance, sew the edges of the pieces together, except for the wrist edge. At the indent for the thumb, follow the seam guide with the edge of the fabric until you must sew to the dot that was transferred onto the fabric.
    • Carefully clip to the thumb dot, cutting close to the dot but not through the dot or stitches.
    • Zigzag the seam allowances together on the newly cut edges.
    • Turn the mitt right side out. If...MORE your quilted fabric is extremely thick or if you were generous with your seam allowance, you may have to trim and re-finish the seam allowance.
    • Press well.
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    Finish the Wrist Edge

    Finish the Wrist Edge
    Finish the Wrist Edge. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com
    • Trim the seam allowances at the edges to eliminate bulk that would create difficulty applying the double fold bias tape to the wrist edge.
    • Sew double fold bias tape to the wrist edge of the mitt, turning under the end edge of the bias tape to enclose the raw edge.