Introduction: Make an Oven Mitt From Scraps

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What you need for this:

Ideally a material similar to sheepskin - lined on the one side

Scissors

Marking pen

Sewing machine/Needle and thread

Step 1: Get the Fabric

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A year or so ago, I was given a sheepskin gilet that was too big for me. So I measured and trimmed the fabric so it would fit and quite a lot left over.

This fabric is ideal for an oven mitt because it is thick and already padded so there is no need to do that inner quilting that you find in oven mitts.

So try to find a fabric like this if you can because it makes this entire process WAAAAY easier.

This type of fabric also doesn't need a hem in it so it saves you a lot of time

Step 2: Turn It Inside Out and Measure It

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Like I said, mind was originally from a garment so it actually already had a hem in it.

I flipped the fabric inside out and made sure to line up the hemmed side along one side of my hand

Then using a highlighter, I measured out the general "mitten"shape of the glove

Make sure that is it larger than your hand because you don't want to sew it and have it end up being small

Just by a few centimeters

Step 3: Cut It Out

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As easy as that.

Cut it out and trim off any loose ends

Pull away any loose fibers because like I say, this doesn't need a hem but cutting will cause some pieces to fall off

Step 4: Sew It

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I initially tried on my sewing machine but the fabric was a little to thick so I opted instead to do it by hand

Make sure your stitches are tight with double thread if you are going to do it by hand.

Step 5: Flip It Back

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Once your sewing is done, you can flip it to be the right way around

Use your fingers to push out any bits that may need coaxing

And there you have it - a simple oven mitt

Comments

mrsmerwin (author)2017-11-06

Is this a real sheep skin or the artificial kind you can buy at the fabric store? If it is the fabric store kind, did you heat test it to make sure that it won't melt while you are removing the hot food from the oven? I am curious because I am allergic to the animal kind. I do have a few scraps of the fabric kind. I never thought of trying something like this.

Lady_Eglantine (author)mrsmerwin2017-11-06

It is the artificial kind. 100% acrylic and polyester.
I took a pie dish out of the oven with it recently and it seemed fine. I have yet to take a very hot glass dish or something out. I will be sure to let you know when I do.
I'm hoping it works!

mrsmerwin (author)Lady_Eglantine2017-11-07

I just had an idea. I plan to bake tomorrow. If I use a piece of the fabric as a trivet, I will know if it can take the heat. I hope it can. I have been needing a new oven mit or two but could not find ones I liked. This would be fun to try.

Lady_Eglantine (author)mrsmerwin2017-11-07

I made cupcakes yesterday and was sure to hold the tray in my mitted hand- for quite some time as well. It got a little warm but not uncomfortably. I think it definitely works!

mrsmerwin (author)Lady_Eglantine2017-11-08

Thanks for checking for me. I will not have time to run my own test for a few days/weeks. My mother in law broke her leg yesterday so now I am on hospital duty. I will be looking forward to a sewing project with my nieces when they come for the holidays.

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