Are you looking at how to make homemade oven mitts?
Something so simple and useful can seem like a big job but it doesn’t have to be. You can make this tutorial as simple as you like to fit any sewing skill set.
Oven mitts can be really personal and quite hard to find one to fit the colour scheme of your kitchen. I also like making them to match an apron or table mats but that’s just me!
These are highly enjoyable to make and can make a great housewarming gift or extra item to give a friend who loves cooking.
Tools & Equipment
- Pins or Sewing Clips
- Heatproof wadding/batting
- Fabric for lining and outer
- Bias Binding
- Sewing Machine
How To Make Homemade Oven Mitts
Learning how to make homemade oven mitts is so fun and can lead to some great gift ideas for friends and family over the year.
I really enjoyed making them and I am already picking out more fabric to make another set!
Let’s get started shall we?
First you want to start by creating your paper template. This you can then save and use again and again. It also gives you a more uniformed cut when cutting multiple pieces.
I simple drew around my hand letting there be adequate space around for room and movement. Make sure the opening at the bottom where you insert your hand is wide enough to get your hand in flat.
Edit the template for any adjustments you might need to make and cut out.
Transfer your paper pattern onto your fabric. I suggest cutting your fabric 2 pieces at a time. That way you can make sure you are getting a front and back piece for each oven mitt.
Tip: When cutting make sure you have pieces for the right hand and left if you plan to make a pair.
Cut 4 pieces in your outer fabric, cut 4 pieces into your lining fabric and 4 pieces of batting/wadding.
Layer up your pieces ready to sew together. Place your outer fabric down first, right side facing down.
Next place on the wadding/batting piece and then place the lining on top, right side facing upwards.
That will create one side of your oven mitt. Repeat for the other 3 sets until you have them all pinned together.
You can either quilt your pieces like I did or sew them together with a 1/2 inch seam allowance around the edge. Make sure you sew the bottom shut too, that way you know everything is held in place.
Tip: Make sure you really flatten your pieces and pin them tightly around the edge before sewing, this will stop the fabric moving and creating wrinkles.
I decided to quilt mine, you can do simple lines or a fancy design. Whatever is best for you.
After you have sewn the layers together trim all threads and any bulk between the seam.
Tip: Peel open the seam to reveal the wadding, cut this down to the seam.
This stop any bulk building up and make it easier to sew together.
Cut down the seam allowance down to 1/4 inch seam.
Take 2 of the finished pieces and pin together. Make sure you are getting the right ones, so your outer fabric is on the outside on both sides.
Pin all the way around the pieces to hold in place. Make sure they are fully lined up and even.
Sew the 2 sides together with a 1/4 inch seam allowance. This will catch the previous seam allowance and hide it along in the new one.
Tip: Don’t forget to backstitch the start and end of your seam to make sure the stitches don’t unravel in the long run.
Pull out the pins/clips and set aside.
Making bias binding is really simple and seems trickier than it is but it is a piece of cake once you have done it once or twice.
Working with the bias binding is going to be the trickiest part of the tutorial on how to make homemade oven mitts.
Using bias binding around the bottom of each oven mitt to neaten the seam. Open the binding and place right side down, pin or clip into place.
Sew along the groove roughly 1/4 inch in. Once you have sewn the circumference fold the bias tape over to the inside. Create the natural fold you created and pin in place.
You can either hand stitch the inside or sew in place with your machine.
Now you can do the rest of the binding. Using bias binding around the edge to neaten the seam. Open the binding and pin or clip it into place around the edge.
Sew into place making sure you don’t catch any creases along the way. When you get to the point between the hand and thumb, leave the needle down at the point and move your glove.
Make sure to create a fold on the end of the binding to create a neat edge.
Pin the bias binding so that the line of the bias is following the line of the edge of the oven mitt.
You will also need to move the binding to the sewn side as you need that loose fabric once you come to pulling it over to the other side. This is the hardest part and if you mess up a little you can hide it later.
Sew into place using the bias ditch as a guide. This should roughly be 1/4 inch seam.
Pull over the remaining bias tape over the raw edge and to the opposite side. Fold the natural fold again to create a neat edge and pin in place.
The curves can be a little trickier but should fall fairly flat once sewn. You can sew in place with the machine though I would suggest slip stitching the binding in place to make neater edging.
Once you have sewn the binding in place, take out the pins and you are done! You have successfully learnt how to make homemade oven mitts! Happy cooking!
I hope you found this tutorial on how to make homemade oven mitts helpful and clear. If you have any tips or tricks for learning new sewing skills I would love to know more.