When my son was a baby, he loved to watch “Walking with Dinosaurs,” that great BBC documentary series. When I say “loved” I mean he watched it every day at the same time, 11:30 am, for half an hour –he was 11 months old. This routine lasted for a year. After the episode, he would take lunch, a bath, and an afternoon nap. After he woke up from his nap he would grab a pair of yellow oven mitts and he would pretend for the rest of the day to be a Tyrannosaurus Rex, for him it was a “Dieddo”.
I bought the oven mitts in Ikea. They were yellow and lasted 15 years. At the end, they were not the best-looking mittens, but I just couldn't give them up. They gave me so many fond memories of my small kid in yellow shorts and yellow oven mitts running up and down the park “scaring” everyone.
Well, some time has passed and those original oven mitts have since disappeared as has my now-grown-up baby boy. Well, he's not disappeared, but just moved away to start his own life. In any case, making this oven mitt pattern reminds me of him and in the hopes that you find it useful, I wanted to share the design with you too.
This is an easy and fun project that should be suitable for all levels of sewists and will take only a couple of hours to complete.
- 1/2 yard of quilting cotton of your taste
- 1/2 yard of Insulated lining (Insul-Bright)
- 1/2 yard of thin batting
- 1 yard of bias tape
- temporary fabric glue
- scissors or rotary cutter
- sewing machine
- sewing machine needle Size 14
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The oven mitt pattern comes in one size only, but you can just add/take away the seam allowance if you want to change the size. They are long so fit them to your taste accordingly.
How to prepare the fabrics
All seam allowances are 3/8″ (1cm). The pattern has three pieces and we will use them to cut all four layers of material.
For your reference, I am using the green fabric for the outside of the oven mitts and the red fabric for the lining.
The pieces below are the outer layer or the oven mitts.
Glue the insulated lining to the outer fabric using a temporary fabric glue. Why temporary? Because it doesn't leave residue on the needle when you sew.
Sew the thin batting to the lining fabric using a straight stitch in criss-cross pattern.
How to sew the oven mitts
Place the thumb/bottom part print side out. Place the thumb piece print side down. Sew at 3/8.Trim the seam allowance by half.
Turn the thumb piece upward.Place the top piece on top of the thumb and sew.
Turn the outer layer inside out.
Repeat the steps with the cotton lining. But don't turn inside out.
Slip the lining inside the outer layer. Make a loop with bias tape or a cord to be able to hang the oven mitts.
Fold 1/2 of one end of the bias tape and pin it to the raw edge of the oven mitts. Sew the bias tape around the opening of the oven mitts being sure to catch the hanging loop.
You now have a pair of pinch grip oven mitts or potholders. I should say that I now have a pair that will replace the make-believe dinosaur.
These oven mitts can be easily made in a couple of hours, perfect for the season of giving and baking.
Fast forward 17 years and I am still able to recite 4 to 5 lines of the beginning of each episode of Walking with Dinosaurs. Comes to think of it, I still have the DVD's bought at a BBC store so long ago. The trouble is I no longer own a DVD player and none of the computers seem to have DVD slots anymore. Everything is somewhere in the cloud now.
Do you have an item that holds a special place in your heart and you would like to replicate? Tell me in your comments down below.
Cheers and happy sewing!