If you have been wanting to replace your old oven mitt and hot pad then why not make your own! I am going to help you through an easy step by step guide to making an oven mitt and hot pad in your favourite retro fabric to suit your retro kitchen. It is an easy project and takes very little time to make. You can use left over fabric and the only cost may be the heat proof insulated wadding, which you will need 1/2 a metre of, depending on its width.
What You Will Need:
- Insulated wadding
- Retro fabric
- Matching Ribbon
- Matching cotton
- Sewing machine
- Paper & pen
1. To begin with, trace around your hand on a piece of paper. Do an over exaggerated trace as I have done in the picture below. This allows for any size hand to use the glove and also ease to pull on and off.
Cut around the trace.
2. Use this as your pattern for cutting out your fabric piece. You will need 4 pieces of your retro fabric for the glove, cutting it to the pattern shape. I used 4 pieces of fabric as I prefer the inside of the glove to be fabric rather than wadding as I do not like the feel of wadding on my hand.
3. Next, cut out all your wadding. You will need 4 pieces of your wadding for the glove, cutting it to the pattern shape. This will give you extra padding from the heat.
4. Now grab two pieces of fabric and 2 pieces of your wadding and pin together matching up all sides evenly and having the correct side of fabric on the outside and wadding on the inside. Sew close to the edges on all sides leaving no openings.
5. Do the same with the remaining two pieces of fabric and two pieces of wadding. Once again, pinning together, matching up all sides evenly and sewing close to the edges.
6. Now you can pin the two sewn pieces together leaving the bottom piece open, as this allows your hand to enter. On one side before you get to the end of the seam add a ribbon loop along the seam (do the loop on the inside as we will be turning the glove through so the seams are on the inside & the hoop will then be on the outside ) This loop will allow you to hang your mitt, see picture below.
Once sewn turn the glove inside out so the seams are on the inside (not showing)
7. Now you can hem the bottom or use the remaining ribbon to hem, like I have done below.
This is a really easy process:
1. Cut out fabric 2 squares & 2 wadding squares. It is usually recommended that you do a square 17.5cm x 17.5cm, but it is really up to you.
2. Place fabric pieces right sides together and wadding on the outside, then sew all sides together leaving a 5cm gap to pull it through to the right side
3. When you have pulled it completely through to the right side. Use a knitting needle or something similar to push the corners to check they are through completely. Then you can finish sewing the seam closed. As you sew the seam closed you can use ribbon to make a loop for easy hanging.
4. To tidy it up, I like to stitch around the edges.
Your kitchen mitt and hot pad is now complete
Let me know how you go, I would love to see your finished product!