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'Afternoon Tea' Double Oven Mitts

Project by Helen Bowes

Fabric: Afternoon Tea

Step 1: Assemble supplies

To make your double oven mitt you will need the following items:

  • Fabric for the exterior

  • Fabric for the lining

  • Fabric for the pocket

  • Fabric to make bias binding or store-bought bias binding

  • Wadding – ideally you want one that insulates such as Insul-Bright which can be sourced from places like amazon Insul-Bright - Insulated Wadding 45" (112cm) x 1m : Home & Kitchen

  • Fabric pen/pencil/chalk

  • Scissors / rotary cutter

  • Sewing machine

  • Thread

  • Iron and Ironing board

  • Dinner plate

  • Rule / tape measure

  • Pins / clips

Step 2: Cut pieces

For the exterior and lining pieces, you need to cut a rectangle of 7” x 35” from each fabric. The pocket requires 4 rectangles 7” x 10”. From the wadding you will need one rectangle 7” x 35” and two rectangles 7” x 10”.

Step 3: Make the pocket

Sandwich your wadding between two pieces of pocket fabric. If you are using fabric with a pattern, the bottom piece needs to be placed wrong side up, then the wadding, followed by the top piece face up. Once all edges are lined up, baste them together. Once sewn and secure, use bias binding to bind one short edge of the pocket. Repeat on the other pocket piece.

TIP -You can make your own bias binding quite easily – see the end of this tutorial for instructions.

Step 4: Make the glove

As you did with the pocket in step 3, you need to make a wadding sandwich again. Place your first patterned fabric down with the wrong side facing up. On top of this put your wadding, followed by your second patterned fabric right side up. Baste the three layers together, sewing as close to the edge as possible. If there is wadding protruding after stitching, trim this as close as you can to the stitch line without cutting the stitching.

Next, you need to attach the pockets to the oven glove. To do this place you pocket pieces at end laying them on top of the fabric sandwich you have just made. Ensure the short edge which has been bound it facing down the fabric rectangle. Using clips or pins, secure it in place and then baste together. Once finished, trim off any excess fabric without cutting through the stitch line.

To create rounded ends, place a dinner plate over the end of the pocket and glove and use a water soluble or air soluble marker to mark the rounded edge. Once drawn on, you can cut away the excess to create the traditional oven glove shape.

Step 5: Bias Binding

Now the glove and pockets are all attached, you can use your bias binding to go round the whole thing and bind it together. This creates a crisp edge and gives it a professional look. Use clips or pins to hold it in place whilst you sew it together.

Step 6: Get baking

With the completed oven glove, you can now put on your ruffle apron and start baking those tasty treats.

TIP: How to make Bias binding

1. Decide what width you want your finished bias binding to be. In this project one side of the bias binding was 1cm.

2. You will need to mark out strips 4cm wide going diagonally across your fabric.

3. Cut out your strips.

4. You can use a specific bias binding kit to make your binding by feeding it into the binding maker and ironing the folds as they emerge.

5. If you don’t have a kit, then you simply fold your fabric in half and iron a crease into it. Open it back out again and then fold each edge in, so they meet at the centre crease, and then press with you iron.

6. At this stage for both techniques you now fold the fabric in half along the centre line, press and you have your binding ready to use.

To see more from Helen, follow her on Instagram @phoenix_crafting or Facebook @PhoenixCrafting1.

Made by Helen Bowes for The Craft Cotton Co 2022.

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