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DIY Retro Oven Mitt and Hot Pad

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:

  1. Insulated wadding
  2. Retro fabric
  3. Matching Ribbon
  4. Matching cotton
  5. Sewing machine
  6. Paper & pen
  7. Scissors

Mitt

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.

Hot Pad

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!

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Ridiculously Retro Xx

How to Achieve a Retro Kitchen

There are many ways to achieve a retro style kitchen. I am going to give you some ideas on how to achieve your own retro kitchen.

  1. Combining both authentic vintage and modern retro style items


Above you can see I have grouped together vintage tins, a lollie machine & mincer, with retro look items such as the milkshake maker & icecream holders.

Below are authentic vintage milkshake cups and a 1950’s cat ornament, mixed with a collection of new retro items. I also made the gingham curtains to add to the retro look.


2. Vintage Canisters 

You can purchase vintage canisters to add to the retro feel of your kitchen! I have collected the GayWare canister set as I love the colour range and mid-century lettering. They are such a statement piece. You can purchase them piece by piece or as a set. I personally found it less expensive to buy them all seperately.


1950s GayWare canisters. The larger ones are for flour, sugar, rice, tea and coffee. The smaller ones are for spices: cinnamon, allspice, ginger, chives and nutmeg.

There is a variety of brands that you can purchase including Gayware, Nally ware, Bakelite, Villa ware, Pyrex, Willow, Nylex, aluminium or enamel. They come in a variety of colours in styles.  I have also purchased 1920 – 1930s enamel canisters.

 

Enamel Canisters

 Adding to this collection, I have also purchased matching saucepans & treats canisters!


The saucepans and pots are on a vintage pot stand.

 

3. Vintage Kitchen Items

Vintage milk canister and vintage scales

Assorted vintage items around the kitchen adds to the retro feel in the kitchen.


Vintage fruit bowl and matching magazine stand can be used for recipe book holders. 

4. Do it Yourself projects

You can create retro pictures to add in your kitchen! I have two stain glass panels from an old door framed in my kitchen. I glued panels in to white picture frames. I’ve also purchased a retro-look image from Spotlight  and have framed it in a gold vintage frame. I backed the image with a gingham material  background. You could use a picture from a magazine, for another cheap alternative!

Stain glass panel

 

Also, as mentioned above, I made gingham curtains to add to the retro look of my kitchen. Making curtains is an easy and fun project, that can allow you to be creative in your home. I will post a step by step guide on how to create customisable curtains for your own home in the future.

You can find vintage kitchen items online, second hand shops, garage sales or markets. I have purchased most of mine through online stores, eBay, Gumtree, second hand stores, garage sales and trash and treasure markets. Go for bright colours and add some modern items with a retro feel. Modern retro items can be found in and kitchen stores.

Enjoy the shopping and decorating for your retro kitchen!!

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Ridiculously Retro  xx