Learn How to Sew Oven Mitts

8 Materials
2 Hours

I seriously needed a new pair of oven mitts for my apartment! Since I had the perfect materials sitting at home from a different project, I figured I would make them myself. Follow my tutorial and learn to DIY oven mitts in a few simple steps.

Tools and materials:

  • Cotton fabric
  • Heat resistant batting
  • Heat reflective batting
  • Bias tape maker (optional)
  • Iron
  • Ruler
  • Chalk
  • Sewing machine
How to make potholders and oven mitts

Draft a pattern

The first step was easy! I used my hand to trace a pattern for the mitts. I made sure I had plenty of room all the way around so that I would be left with the perfect pattern. 

Add seam allowance

I then added 1.5 cm (0.6 inches) of seam allowance.

How to make homemade oven mitts

With the pattern ready, I cut it out. 

Cut the fabric

Cut the materials 

The oven mitts would be made of four layers. The inner and outer layers would be made of cotton so that they would be able to handle the heat. For the outside, I used a piece of cotton canvas that I had leftover from another project. For the inner layer, I used some basic, thin cotton. 

Cut the heat batting

Once I had cut out four pieces from each of the two different pieces of cotton, I cut the pieces of heat batting which I had leftover from some ironing board covers. I also cut out pieces of heat reflective batting that I had used for my ironing mat. These pieces of batting would help to block the heat from coming through the mitts. 

Homemade oven mitts

Quilt the oven mitts 

I decided to quilt the pieces together in layers to keep them from shifting. I started by drawing a grid over the cotton and then sewed a straight stitch starting from the middle of the grid, moving outwards. This helped ensure there would be no bunching of the materials. 

Cut the layers

Sew the oven mitts 

I then went ahead and cut the layers to their final shape. 

Pin the front and back

Once I had finished quilting them, I was free to move on to the assembly. I placed a front and back piece, right sides facing together and pinned. 

Sew around

I then sewed all the way around except, of course, for the hand opening. 

Trim the seam allowance

I tried to cut down the seam allowance as much as possible, especially around the inside of the thumb because I knew the bulk would just get in the way. 

Use a bias tape maker

Add edge banding 

To get a professional finish for my oven mitts, I decided to make some edge banding. I recently purchased this awesome bias tape maker which I used with the iron. It made the process a whole lot quicker!

Sew oven mitts

To attach the edge banding, I unfolded it and lined it up with the edge of the oven mitt. I then sewed it on all the way around

Fold on the other side

I turned over the mitt and folded the binding over the other side. I made sure to fold in the raw edge of the binding, to keep it neat and clean, before sewing it on. 

DIY oven mitts

I turned the oven mitts right side out and then added edge banding to the openings. This was a little trickier because there wasn’t as much space. Once it was folded over the opening, I sewed on the banding. 

Quilted oven mitts

Finally, I added some simple loops so that I could hang them in my kitchen. You don’t need a lot of material for this project so it is a great way to make use of scraps you have at home. I tested these out the other day and they worked perfectly! This is such a fun and functional project! Share pictures of your DIY oven mitts in the comments below! 

Suggested materials:

  • Cotton fabric
  • Heat resistant batting
  • Heat reflective batting
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