I wrote this quilted oven mitt tutorial partially for myself - but also so I could share my NEW favorite oven mitt with YOU! Friends, I've reached the point in life where I have a favorite oven mitt. If that isn't one of the most "adult" things I've ever said, I don't know what is.
I didn't like the color of the mitt. I didn't like the fact that washing it no longer got the stains out. But it was just a really good oven mitt. And then it got a hole. Unfortunately, I discovered this hole by burning my hand - and realized it was time for a replacement.
It's not too big, it's not too small, and it comes together SO quickly! With Christmas just around the corner, you just might end up using this quilted oven mitt tutorial to crank out all your handmade Christmas gifts, or make a couple for yourself for your Christmas baking!
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We've LOVED seeing all the quilted Christmas stockings that you've all been making using our free Rocksteady Stocking Tutorial! If you loved the stocking tutorial, you're sure to love these quilted oven mitts since they use the same construction technique.
The oven mitts are even (dare I say?) easier and quicker to put together! Just how similar are these quilted oven mitts and the stockings? You be the judge.
Supplies for the Quilted Oven Mitt Tutorial
- Free oven mitt template download
- *Exterior Fabric - two pieces of 100% cotton measuring 9" x 14" or several medium-sized scraps to sew together
- *Lining Fabric - two pieces of 100% cotton measuring 9" x 14"
- *100% cotton batting OR Insul-Bright (for 100% cotton batting, you'll need four pieces that measure 9" x 14" OR for Insul-Bright, you'll need two pieces that measure 9" x 14")
- One 3 3/4" piece of ribbon for the loop
- Cutting mat
- Rotary cutter
- Straight pins
- Iron and Ironing board
- Basic sewing machine
- Printer & paper for template
* It is important that your fabrics and batting are 100% cotton. Cotton is not flammable, whereas fabrics containing polyester are.
Step 1: Assemble the Oven Mitt Template
After you've gathered your supplies, it's time to begin! Print off the quilted oven mitt tutorial template, making sure that your settings are set to print at 100%. Double check that the printed 1" squares are accurate with a ruler, then tape your template together.
Step 2: (Optional) Assemble the Patchwork Front
If you'd like a solid piece of fabric for the front of your quilted oven mitt, you can skip this step.
I decided to add a bit of visual interest to this oven mitt, and pieced together three medium sized scraps I had laying around. After sewing the first two pieces together, I cut the pieces on a diagonal before sewing on my third piece. There are endless possibilities for making a scrappy version, just be sure your template won't hang over any of the edges!
Step 3: Trace and Cut Out Your Oven Mitt Template
Next, lay out your lining fabric pieces RST. Trace your oven mitt template onto the fabric, then cut it out using a rotary cutter or scissors. Then, lay out your exterior fabrics WST and trace the template onto them. If you have a special print, be mindful of the orientation!
I knew I wanted the point of the patchwork triangle to hit right on the edge of my potholder, so I made sure that the template was 1/4" to the left of that point.
Once your pieces are all cut out, you should have two exterior pieces that mirror each other, and two lining pieces that mirror each other! Now you're cookin'! Pun intended 😉
Step 4: Quilt Your Exterior Pieces
It's time to quilt!
If you are using 100% cotton batting, quilt each exterior oven mitt piece onto two layers of batting. Then, cut around the edge of the mitt piece.
If you are using Insul-Bright, quilt each exterior oven mitt piece onto one layer of Insul-Bright. You'll want to be sure the shiny side of the Insul-Bright is touching the wrong side of the fabric (since the shiny side is designed to reflect the heat.) Cut around the edge of the mitt piece once you are finished quilting.
You may want to baste your pieces together to prevent shifting, but I found that that it wasn't necessary since the pieces were so small. I went with simple lines following the patchwork shapes, but this would be a great project to try out some fun free motion quilting or interesting geometric lines!
Step 5: Sew the Exterior Pieces Together
Once you've quilted your exterior pieces, it's time to sew them together. Place the pieces RST and pin. Shorten your stitch length (I used 1.8) and sew around the perimeter of the oven mitt, using a 1/4" seam allowance, leaving the bottom open.
When you get to the gap between the fingers and thumb, sew a bit past and make the turn square, as shown in the photo below. This will allow you to clip notches later and will allow the thumb to move freely.
Step 6: Sewing the Lining
Take your two lining pieces and place them RST. Pin around the perimeter, then sew using a 1/4" seam allowance, leaving the bottom open. Be sure to leave a 4" gap on one of the edges to turn the oven mitt through later, and square the bottom of the seam between the fingers and thumb as you did on the exterior pieces.
Step 7: Clip Notches
Next, clip notches in the curves of both the lining and exterior oven mitt pieces, making sure you don't clip into your seams. Taking the time to do this step will greatly reduce the bulk when you turn your quilted oven mitt RST later.
Step 8: Joining the Exterior and Lining
Next, turn the exterior of your quilted oven mitt right side out. Use a chopstick or point turner to gently turn out the top of the fingers and thumb. Then place the oven mitt on your non-dominant hand (for me, that's my left hand) and inert the exterior into the lining (which should still be RST.)
Align the bottom raw edges of the exterior and the lining. Take your 3 3/4" piece of ribbon, and fold it in half, making a loop. Then, place the loop between the right side of the exterior fabric and the right side of the lining fabric, aligning it with the seam along the long side of the oven mitt.
Pin around the remainder of the opening, then sew. I found it was easiest to sew from the inside (as shown in the photo above) since the cuff is quite small and it was easier to manipulate the fabric this way.
Step 9: Turn the Oven Mitt Out
We're nearing the end! Turn the oven mitt right sides out through the 4" hole in the lining. If you've made the Rocksteady Stocking, this is probably starting to feel like deja vu!
Once you have turned the quilted oven mitt out, sew the 4" gap closed. You can do this with an invisible/ladder stitch by hand, or, since it'll be on the inside of the mitt where it won't be seen, you can also just machine stitch it closed.
Step 10: Topstitch
Push the lining into the oven mitt exterior, and maneuver it around a bit to match up the finger and thumb spaces. Then, to finish it off, topstitch the cuff to keep the lining tucked neatly inside.
So throw your hands up in the air, because your perfect quilted oven mitt is complete! This calls for some Christmas cookies... or orange garlands... or maybe an afternoon of sewing up 5 more! Once you sew one, you won't want to stop!
If you've been wondering what I'm making with these pretty citrus fruits, the answer is a sweet smelling citrus garland! To one make, simply cut some citrus fruits about a 1/4" thick, then bake them on low heat (about 250-degrees F) for 3-4 hours, flipping every 30 minutes.
Once they are nice and dry, string them up with thread (your hand quilting thread would be perfect!)