Do you need an easy, last-minute gift idea? This easy DIY Oven Mitts Sewing Tutorial is great for beginners. With only a little time and few supplies you can make a beautiful last minute gift. Follow along to learn how!
I don’t know about you but, as I’ve become a wife and mother my creativity has blossomed. Never would I have thought I would be into gardening and cooking. Getting married and becoming a mother has made me aware of how I care for my family. It suddenly became fascinating to grow my own food and make homemade meals with it. There is something special about growing your own crop and using it to nourish the bodies that God has blessed you with.
Why sew your own Oven Mitts?
In that same realm of creativity and value comes homemade sewing projects. So much satisfaction comes from using something I personally created in my home. The value that product holds for me is so much higher. Sure, I can go buy most things from the store for fairly cheap. But, the satisfaction is not the same as when you put the time and effort into creating something yourself.
I recently realized that I was down to one pair of Oven Mitts. The thought crossed my mind to just buy some from the store for 10 bucks or less. But, again, I knew this was an easy enough project I could get done during the boy’s nap time.
If you are a beginner or have even never sewn in your life, this is a project you can pretty easily do. Just pick up a decent sewing machine from your local thrift store for around $20. You can upgrade later to a nicer one if you choose. However, I personally still use my twenty dollar sewing machine and it works just fine.
The hardest part of this sewing project is that you need several layers of batting to make the Oven Mitts heat resistant. It can be challenging to sew that many layers. Once you dial in the thread tension, however, you are good to go to create something beautiful with your own two hands. How gratifying, right?
Supplies you will need
- Sewing machine
- Thread to match your fabric
- Fabric (medium to heavy duty)
- Batting (Insul-bright is preferred since it’s heat resistant, but any will do)
- Sewing pins
- An Oven Mitt
- Bias tape (Optional)
Easy DIY Oven Mitts Sewing Instructions
You’ll start out by cutting out the fabric for the Mitts. I chose to use a Dark Denim for this project.
Fold your fabric of choice in half with right sides facing inward. Then place your Oven Mitt you are using for a guide on top of the folded fabric. Cut out your Oven Mitt shape following the perimeter of the Oven Mitt. Be sure to leave 1/4 inch of space around the entire perimeter for seam allowance.
After you get the shape of the Oven Mitts cut, you’ll do the same with the batting. Layer 4-6 pieces of batting together and place the fabric you just cut on top. Be sure to keep the 2 fabric pieces facing inward. Pin the Oven Mitt fabric into place with sewing pins.
Cut around the perimeter of the fabric and batting. You do not need to leave a seam allowance this time because we are using the fabric for our guide. We already accounted for the seam allowance on the first step.
*Optional: Before you start the process of sewing all the pieces together at the seam you can top stitch. Doing so will help keep the batting from bunching. Just place one piece of fabric face down on 3 layers of batting and pin it. Next, you will just sew in a crisscross pattern across the entire Oven Mitt. See image below for a visual.
Top stitch the opening of the Oven Mitt with Bias Tape
Measure the length of the opening on the Oven Mitt. Cut a piece of Bias tape 2 inches longer than that length. We will be using the extra 2 inches to create a loop to hang the Oven Mitts.
Sew the layers together, leaving 1/4 inch seam around the entire Oven Mitt. But, do not sew the opening at the bottom of the Mitt.
Pin the Bias tape into place along the open edge. When you get to the outer seam, fold the bias tape to create a loop.
Top stitch all the way along the bias tape to secure it to the Oven Mitt. Remove the sewing pins as you sew. Be careful not to sew over the pins, doing so can damage your needles.
*Note: If you do not have bias tape you can use a piece of the fabric you used for the Oven Mitt. Measure the length of the opening on the Oven Mitt. Cut a piece of fabric the length of the opening. Add 2 inches to the length if you’d still like to make a loop. The width of the bias replacement needs to be cut to 2 inches wide. You will then fold the fabric in half length wise and press it with an iron. Fold each side inward again to create 1/2 inch width and press with your iron. Finish following the top stitch instructions listed above.
How to keep the seams from unraveling
If you have a Sewing Serger you can finish the edges following along where you have sewn. Alternatively, your regular sewing machine can be used in a zigzag pattern at the closest stitch length to accomplish this.. This will keep the seams from unraveling over time.
Turn the Oven Mitt right side out.
Voila! You have just made a beautiful and usable Oven Mitt. Follow these instructions to make a partner for your Oven Mitt so that they make a pair.
Pin it for later!
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Easy DIY Oven Mitt Sewing Tutorial
- Sewing Machine
- 2 18×34 inch Pieces of fabric Medium to Heavy duty
- 6 18×34 inch Pieces of batting Heat-resistant preferred
- 36 inches Double Fold Bias Tape
- Thread Matching your fabric
- Several Sewing Pins
- 1 Oven Mitt for a guide to cut the fabric and batting
- Lay desired fabric underneath your Oven Mitt guide. Cut fabric around perimeter of your Oven Mitt guide, leaving ¼ inch of seam allowance.
- Stack one piece of the fabric you just cut on top of 3 pieces of batting, right side facing out. Pin into place with several Sewing Pins.
- Repeat with the second piece of fabric and remaining 3 pieces of batting.
*Optional top-stitch step
- Top stitch in a crisscross pattern across the entire oven mitt while still pinned to the batting. Remove pins as you top stitch, being sure not to sew over the Sewing Pins.
Back to Oven Mitt Sewing Instructions
- Open Bias Tape and fold over the front and back side of the bottom of the Oven Mitt.
- Secure the Bias Tape with a few Sewing Pins, allowing 2 inches of the Bias Tape to hang over the side (to create a loop to hang).
- Top stitch the Bias Tape onto the Oven Mitt, removing the Sewing Pins as you stitch.
- Stack one side of the Oven Mitt fabric with batting on top of the other, so that the Oven Mitt is inside out. Stitch the seams together around the perimeter of the Oven Mitt. *Leave ¼ inch of seam allowance and do not sew along the Bias Tape which you already have secured with a top stitch.
- Use a Sewing Serger or Zigzag stitch along the ¼ inch seam to keep the seams from unraveling over time.
- Turn the Oven Mitt right side out and repeat all steps to create a second Oven Mitt to have a pair!