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Monday, December 12, 2011

Tutorial: Holiday Oven Mitt

Don't you love these Holiday Gift Tutorials each Monday? What great gift ideas, now all I need is the time to make them! Melissa from Happy Quilting brings us today's tutorial, fun oven mitts! Melissa's blog is fabulous! Check out her amazing quilt archive.  And some awesome quilt tutorials, you can make 13 great quilts without every buying a single pattern! And for even more tutorials click here.  Her blog is a great source of inspiration and fun, she is a super duper darling girl!

Here are the Holiday Gift Tutorials past and upcoming:

November 7th: Amber from A Little Bit Biased Tutorial: Holiday Table Topper
November 14th: Quilt Story :) Tutorial: Winter Tree Table Runner
November 21st: Bev from Flamingo Toes Tutorial: Linen Jewelry Travel Bag
November 28th: Corey from Little Miss Shabby Tutorial: Hope Canvases
December 12th: Melissa from Happy Quilting
December 14th: Gentri from Little Lulu's Nest
December 19th: Erin from Why Not Sew?

Hi Everyone!!!  This is Melissa from Happy Quilting :)  When Heather and Megan asked me to participate in their Holiday Gift Tutorials hop I was so excited.  One of my favorite parts of the Holiday season is Baking!!  So I figured it would be super fun to whip up some Holiday Oven Mitt's for all of the baking I will be doing :)  These Oven Mitt's go together super fast and are so much fun to make.  
To make this oven mitt you will need :
   2 Pieces of Christmas fabric each  measuring 10" x 16" for the outer oven mitt
   2 Pieces of Christmas fabric each measuring 10" x 16" for the inner lining
   1 piece of Christmas fabric measuring 2 1/2" x 16" for the binding
   2 pieces of Insul-Bright batting each measuring 11" x 17"
   2 pieces of Warm and Natural batting each measuring 11" x 17"
You start by making 2 mini quilt sandwiches.  Layer each sandwich starting with the lining print faced right side down, then the Insul-Bright, followed by the Warm and Natural batting and then the outer print fabric with right side up.  Baste your two mini quilt sandwiches.
Print out a copy of the Oven Mitt template.  Trace the template onto each of your quilt sandwich making sure to flip it over for the second tracing.  (So the thumbs should be on opposite sides of the sandwiches.)  The template is for a standard size oven mitt but if you want yours longer (I like mine that way) you can add 2" to 3" at the bottom of the template.
This is my favorite part.  Quilt inside the tracings of each quilt sandwich.  (I like to stay inside the drawn line so that I don't end up cutting any of my quilting lines.)  You can quilt a basic cross-hatch design or you can spice it up and do some fun free motion quilting.  I did swirls to match with the candies :)  Once you are done quilting your two sandwiches go ahead and cut out on the trace lines of each sandwich.
To make things a little easier when binding we will stitch up the bottom of the oven mitt.  If you have a serger just go ahead and surge along the bottom (and only the bottom) of each side of the oven mitt.  If you don't have a serger (like me) stitch a straight line 3/8" in from the edge and then go back and do a tight zig-zag stitch right along the edge.
Place your two oven mitt sides with right sides together so the linings are both on the outside.  Pin along the outer edge but not along the bottom of the oven mitt.
Now once again, if you have a serger, go ahead and serge around your pinned edge.  If you don't go ahead and stitch your straight stitch 3/8" in from the edge and then go back and do a tight zig-zag along the edge.  This is a lot of layers so if you have a heavy duty needle and a walking foot it will help :)
Turn your oven mitt right side out.  This takes a little work along the seams.  Use a sharp tool if necessary to push out some of the curves.
All that is left is binding the bottom.  So take your binding strip and iron it in half.
Measure the amount of lining you will need to go around the inside of your oven mitt and overlap 1/2".  Trim the excess.
Take your newly trimmed binding strip and open it up and place it with right sides together.  Stitch a 1/4" seam along the raw edge.  Now fold your lining in half again with wrong sides together and right sides out.
Place the lining inside the edge of your oven mitt with the raw edge of the lining along the edge of the oven mitt.  Pin in place.
Now stitch a 3/8" seam along the edge of the binding on the inside of the oven mitt.  This is a little tedious but a walking foot and heavy duty needle will help.
Lastly, flip your folded edge of the binding over the oven mitt and pin. You can hand sew the binding down or use your machine.  Whatever your preference :)
And you are done!!  Wasn't that easy.   Now just fill it with some fun Holiday baking goodies and it is ready to give to your friends and family :)  Enjoy!!!  And if you make some of these fun Holiday Oven Mitt's I would love for your to post a picture of them in my Happy Quilting Flickr Group :) Thank you to Heather and Megan for having me here at Quilt Story and Happy Holidays!!!



Hi, I'm Suz!! said...

Super cute fabric! Thanks for the tutorial, Melissa!

Merry Christmas!

Hugs ~~ Suz

Dorian said...

Great oven mitt Melissa! Thanks for the tutorial. Cute idea to stuff it and give as a gift.

Linz said...

Great tutorial Melissa!! Love the fabrics!!

JoyceLM said...

I tried printing the template but I kept getting a message saying I didn't have permission to view the document. Has this happened to others?

Quilt Doodle Designs said...

Adorable oven mitt, thank you for the great tutorial. Making one for my sister is on my Christmas to-do list. I love how you stuffed it with goodies, it would be so cute packaged with a Gooseberry Patch Cook Book. Happy quilting!

Jess said...

LOVE IT!! I think I have just the friend in mind for one! I'll be featuring this on next Friday's linky party (homemade gifts for men and women), we'd love it if you'd come join in on the fun with any of your homemade gifts (tomorrow's will be gifts for children) or any weeks! (15 weeks, 15 different themes) Hope to see you!

Diane said...

I cant download the oven mitt pattern either. I am hoping the link will be fixed soon.