Friday, 20 June 2014

Oven glove tutorial and free pattern

I have made a pattern for these oven gloves which you can download here and follow the photographs below for how to make them. I hope they make sense! The fabric I used is a cotton print I got from the market (trying very hard to look like a Kath Kidston Print!) and the Bias binding I also got from the haberdashery on the market. It is 2cm wide. You can buy specially made insulating wadding, and I bought some called Insul fleece, I’ve not used it before and was a little dubious about how successful it would be as it’s quite thin. However it can easily be quilted on the machine without any special machine feet but to be honest I think I would double it if I was to do it again as it wasn’t as insulating as I hoped it would be. If you didn’t want to fork out for the more expensive insulation wadding you could instead buy some thick curtain lining, as this is much cheaper and I think would do the job just as well, seen as I use tea towels and all sorts to get hot things out of the oven.
Apologies for the photos not being great, but I took them while showing everyone how to do it!

Photo tutorial after the jump....

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First you need to cut out all the required fabric and wadding using the pattern pieces in my free downloadable PDF. You need 4 pieces of cotton for the mitts, two pieces of wadding for the mitts, and two bits of cotton for the long back and front and one piece of wadding for the long back and front. If you are using the thin Insul Fleece, you may want to double it to make it a bit more heat resistant, I would if I was making mine again. Test it on a hot pan....carefully (!) to see how thick you think you need it.

Here you can see my wadding “sandwich”. Pin the layers together, be fairly generous with the pins as you don’t want the fabric moving around as you sew. If your fabric pieces are not all the same size, don’t worry at this point, and don’t be tempted to trim it, we will do that later.

Right! Now for the quilting! You can if you want to use a proper quilting foot, but as the wadding is actually quite thin, your normal sewing machine foot will do. (all the girls at my craft group coped fine with a special foot) It’s up to you how you decide to quilt the materials, if you have polka dots, it’s easy to sew lines joining up the dots, on mine I carefully sewed diagonally between the scalloped circles in two directions to get a diamond affect. If you don’t have an obvious pattern, you could try and stitch around the shapes on your fabric, or you could just sew straight lines. Make sure you sew right to the edge of the fabric so the ends will be hidden by the bias binding when we add it later.

Here you can see I have prepared the longer piece of fabrics, with pins ready to quilt. I will do the same diagonal stitching pattern on.

Now for the bias binding! Now you can see that the red cotton fabric on top seems to of shrunk a little after the sewing, this is normal and why I didn’t want you to trim it till later! Open your bias binding right out and pin one of the edges against the edge of your first oven mitt. Pin it securely in place with the pin at right angles to the edge of the fabric so they are easier to sew over.

This is a close up of me sewing the bias binding on, stitching in the crease. I also lined up the edge of my sewing machine foot with the edge of the fabric.

Here you can see where I have stitched in the crease, an equal distance away from the edge.

Now flip your over mitt over and fold the bias binding over the edge, tucking in the raw edge and pinning it down again at right angles to the edge of the fabric.

Here you can see when I have started to pin, you can just see the stitching line from the other side showing under the Bias tape, aim to cover that up.

On the sewing machine, sew right on the edge of the bias binding to hold it in place. The stitching should come through on the other side of the bias tape, making it look very professional!

Once you have done both mitts, lay them onto the longer back piece that has also been quilted. Line them all up as best you can. Then pin them together-Don’t Pin around the edges, as we are going to be putting the Bias binding round next. Just pin them amply all around the middles. Now you can trim the edges of any excess wadding poking out, or wonkily cut fabric.

This is the mitt before trimming

This is the mitt after trimming, making it all the same around the sides.

Start with your bias binding on one of the long sides. Open it out just like we did with the mitts, edge of binding against the edge of the fabric,  but this time, fold in the start neatly, this is so that when the two ends meet, it’s neat without any frayed edges. Pin the tape down, using plenty of pins at right angles to the edge of the fabric.

Around the corners you want to try and stretch the tape round, as its cut on the bias it should bend nicely round the edges and should lay nice and flat against the fabric.

Continue to pin the Tape all the way round, pinning generously.

When you get back to the start, don’t cut the tape off too short, and instead fold it under to make the finish neater. Pin in place.

I didn’t photograph the next step-only it finished! Sorry! (got a bit carried away!) but what you basically need to do, once you have sewn all the way around that one side, do the same as we did with the mitts (see here) pull the bias tape over the raw edges of the fabric and pin it down with the raw edge of the bias binding tucked under. You can see in this picture the finished look.

Remove the pins and Voila! You have a lovely pair of handmade oven gloves- they would make a great present for someone who likes cooking- you could even wrap up some kitchen utensils in them, or give them with a jar of cookie ingredients for them to bake!

Hope that all made sense, anything you’re not sure about, comment and I’ll reply ASAP.

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  1. How long should the finished project be? Using the pattern mine ended up about 20" and it's rather short for my use. I will just extend it and make another one, but I wonder if I did something wrong or if that's how long your mitt ended up being as well.

    1. Hi Melissa,
      So sorry to hear it didn't come out right first time for you. The finished oven mitt should be around 29.5" from end to end when complete.
      Did you make sure to print all 3 parts of the pattern, and to attach the first page piece to the second, matching up the 1. and 2. marks? When those two pieces are joined they make up half the finished length. The pattern was made on UK paper, so maybe if you are printing on US size paper perhaps it got shrunk somehow?
      I hope thats helpful? If not feel free to comment again and ill see what I can do.
      Good Luck!

  2. Trial and error for me!! But loved this pattern and now making my 4th oven mitt - and quilting before I cut to shape - nice sharp edges to bind, thanks for the pattern

  3. Thank you for the lovely pattern and tuitorial very easy to follow
    First time for me . Excellent.

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