Easy Oven Mitts Tutorial

Easy Oven Mitts Tutorial - Quilting Tutorials and Fabric Creations - Quilting in the Rain Easy Oven Mitts Tutorial - Quilting Tutorials and Fabric Creations - Quilting in the Rain

Put an end to oversized oven mitts! I admit to owning a pair, but those are going bye-bye now that I’ve made my own custom-sized oven mitts. =) This also makes a great (and quick) gift for a friend that loves to cook or bake, or a thoughtful creation for a house warming party. 9 easy steps below.

Materials for 1 oven mitt:

  • ¼ yard (main print)
  • ¼ yard (inside lining)
  • ¼ yard heat-resistant batting (i.e. Insul-Bright)
  • matching thread
  • fabric scissors


Step 1 – create your oven mitt pattern

Trace your oven mitt pattern on scrap paper (you can use your hand as a guide), then cut the pattern out using scissors. To make a custom size oven mitt to fit your hand, use your hand as an outline and draw a 2 inch allowance along the perimeter of your hand.
Easy Oven Mitts Tutorial - Quilting Tutorials and Fabric Creations - Quilting in the Rain

Step 2 – cut the main fabric
Take your main fabric print and fold it in half so the wrong sides are facing together. Place the pattern on the top of your folded fabric, and pin in place. Make sure to pin through all 3 layers to keep in place. Using fabric scissors cut a ½ inch allowance along the top perimeter of the pattern. Where the opening to your mitt will be, leave 1 inch of fabric allowance along the edge as shown in red, below. You will use this fabric later to bind the edge. Easy Oven Mitts Tutorial - Quilting Tutorials and Fabric Creations - Quilting in the Rain

Step 3 – Cut the lining fabric and batting
Take your main lining fabric and fold it in half so the wrong sides are facing together. Place the pattern on the top of your folded fabric, and pin in place. Make sure to pin through all 3 layers to keep in place. As shown below, using fabric scissors cut a ½ inch allowance along the top perimeter of the pattern except for the where the opening will be. Do the same for the batting.
Easy Oven Mitts Tutorial - Quilting Tutorials and Fabric Creations - Quilting in the Rain

Step 4 – make a quilt sandwich
At this point you should have the following 6 pieces cut out:
Easy Oven Mitts Tutorial - Quilting Tutorials and Fabric Creations - Quilting in the Rain

As shown below, make a quilt sandwich for each side of the mitt: layer the fabric so the batting is sandwiched between the top fabric and lining fabric. Pin in place.
Easy Oven Mitts Tutorial - Quilting Tutorials and Fabric Creations - Quilting in the Rain

Step 5 – quilt both sides
I quilted a simple straight-line stitch, as shown below
Easy Oven Mitts Tutorial - Quilting Tutorials and Fabric Creations - Quilting in the Rain

Step 6 – Bind the mitten openings
Iron the 1 inch of fabric (from step 2) in half lengthwise, and then fold it over to the lining of the mitten. Pin and sew in place. Below is how the front and back will look finished.
Easy Oven Mitts Tutorial - Quilting Tutorials and Fabric Creations - Quilting in the Rain

Step 7 – create a loopy-loop for hanging the mitten
Using scrap fabric from your main fabric print, cut a 1.5”x6” strip. Iron the strip in half lengthwise. On each side, iron lengthwise about ¼” inward, as shown below. Sew closed to create a binded strip.
Easy Oven Mitts Tutorial - Quilting Tutorials and Fabric Creations - Quilting in the Rain

Make the binded strip into a loop, and stitch the bottom ends together as shown below.
Easy Oven Mitts Tutorial - Quilting Tutorials and Fabric Creations - Quilting in the Rain

Step 8 – Pin the mitt together with right sides facing together
Take the two quilted mitten halves and with right sides together, pin in place. As designated by the red arrow below, place the loopy-loop you created in the previous step adjacent to the opening of the oven mitt with the loop facing the inside of the mitt. Pin in place. The stitched end of the loopy-loop should be sticking out ~1/4 inch as shown below.
Easy Oven Mitts Tutorial - Quilting Tutorials and Fabric Creations - Quilting in the Rain

Step 9 – Sew along the top perimeter of the mitt, then turn inside out
Sew a ¼ – 1/2 inch seam allowance along the top perimeter of the oven mitt, removing pins as you stitch. Obviously you will need to leave the opening of the mitten un-stitched. Start and end your stitch with a backstitch. When you come across the placement of the loopy-loop when sewing, I recommend doing a backstitch over it to make sure it’s secured. Trim any sides of the mitt that have bulk fabric. Lastly, turn the mitten inside-out. You’re done!
Easy Oven Mitts Tutorial - Quilting Tutorials and Fabric Creations - Quilting in the Rain

15 Responses to Easy Oven Mitts Tutorial

  1. Anonymous June 27, 2010 at 4:51 am #

    Awesome , I'm pulling out my sewing machine.
    Thank You,

  2. Sarah Marie July 25, 2010 at 9:26 pm #

    I am a beginner looking for gift ideas…I run into your blog and BAM! Thank you…

  3. Paula July 31, 2010 at 4:13 pm #

    Great job. It looks so easy to do! Thanks!

  4. MiniBinoy October 10, 2010 at 11:41 am #

    Great work…Very easy to follow instructions..Do u hv a tutorial for making tea cozy?

  5. Bonnie October 13, 2010 at 4:59 am #

    Did you turn it inside out and then stitch them together, I am confused.

  6. Quiltingintherain October 15, 2010 at 5:11 am #

    Hi Bonnie – it's the other way around. Stitch along the perimeter of the oven mitt on the wrong side of the mitts, as shown in step 9. Then, turn right side out. Hope this helps… let me know if not and i'll try again =)

  7. Annie L March 4, 2011 at 1:18 am #

    I love your blog!!! You have such awesome ideas!

  8. Anonymous May 13, 2012 at 4:32 pm #

    I am 12 years old and I made this for my mother for mother's day. She loves it!!

  9. aemiller September 13, 2012 at 12:56 am #

    Thanks so much for this tutorial! I'm going to adapt it to make the canning mitts i had before they got lost, they were little sleeves so you could grab the jar with one hand and tighten the top with the other, just little oval shapes and I have not been able to replace them, now I can make them without any trouble at all! 🙂 I will send pictures once they are done!

  10. Jodi Crawford Potgeter November 24, 2012 at 7:50 pm #

    Making these right now! Appreciating your terms like "quilt sandwich" and "loopy-loop"; I do much better with these than anything technical-sounding 🙂 Thanks so much for the tutorial, I can tell these are going to be adorable!

  11. Anonymous June 18, 2014 at 5:51 pm #

    ha ha ha i know where you live!!!!!!!!!!

  12. Anonymous July 19, 2014 at 7:58 am #

    How cani bind iit?

  13. Posh hobs October 28, 2014 at 2:47 am #

    Nice Blog. These gloves are looking so beautiful. This tips are very informative and helpful. Thanks to sharing it.

    Posh Hobs

  14. Christineb9 September 8, 2015 at 11:33 pm #

    In Step 1 is that really a 2 inch allowance all round, or a typo for 1/2 inch?
    Thanks for a great tutorial – I am going to make these for Christmas gifts

  15. Buy Fabric Online December 24, 2015 at 3:05 am #

    I agree with Jodi the terms you are using are much easier to follow, I will be making some of these for my aunts well I think they would be a perfect gift.

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