|Laughing So Hard, His Face is as Red as the Oven Mitts|
My old oven mitts were from Williams Sonoma, purchased way back when they were featuring the color "saffron" and they were selling pot holders, Le Creuset cookware, aprons, towels, and everything else in that color, which complements my kitchen nicely. What happened to my oven mitts is that Bernie was cooking something where you brown meat on the stove, then put the pan in the oven to sear the meat, and then it comes back to the stove for the remainder of cooking -- with a searing hot metal handle that one tends to forget is hot. So he stuck an oven mitt on the handle of the skillet, and then when he turned up the burner flame the oven mitt ignited. And we've had these oven mitts for a LONG time anways, at least 10 years, so it's time for them to go.
|Sad Little Saffron Oven Mitts, Soon to be Retired|
|At the Seam Allowance, I Can See the Layers of the Old Oven Mitt|
|Inside Out Old Oven Mitt|
And now, for the tutorial, in case you feel the urge to make your very own custom oven mitts!
|My Fabrics After Prewashing|
|Cotton Twill Print, Thin Cotton Batting, Insul-Brite Batting, Terry Cloth|
|505 Spray and Fix Temporary Fabric Adhesive|
|Walking Foot with Guide Bar for Evenly Spaced Lines|
I'm using a size 90/14 Jeans needle for every step of this project, and that's important. You can go up to a 90/14 Jeans needle or even a 100/16 or 110/18 Jeans needle, but please don't try to sew through all these layers with a dull 80/12 Universal needle that has been in your machine for a year. Even if it's a brand new Universal needle, those are made with a slight ballpoint to the tip so they can be used for either wovens or for knits. For this project, you really need a strong needle with a SHARP point to penetrate this thick quilt sandwich made of home dec twill, terry, and two layers of batting, and still produce nice stitches -- and that's exactly what a Jeans needle is designed to do.
|Schmetz 90/14 Jeans Needles|
|King Tut Variegated Machine Quilting Thread|
|Quilting In Progress|
|Diamond Cross Hatched Quilting Completed|
|Terry Lining Side Up|
|Edge View of Quilted Layers|
|Ready to Cut Out My Oven Mitts!|
|Mitts Cut Out|
|New Oven Mitt, Cut Out Right Sides Together|
|Binding Sewn First, Prior to Stitching the Side Seam|
|Attaching the Extra Wide Double Fold Bias Binding|
|Binding Wraps Around to the Back|
|See the Little "Valley" of the Stitches Along the Edge?|
|Secure the Binding from the Wrong Side, Making Sure You Cover the Stitching Line|
|...Then Flip It Over to Stitch In the Ditch|
|Right Side. See Those Stitches Right Up Next to the Binding?|
|Wrong Side Secured|
|Sewing the Seams: Now We Have EIGHT Layers!|
|...So I've Reduced Presser Foot Pressure All the Way Down to 10!|
With these machine settings, it was really easy to sew around the edges of the pot handle sleeve and oven mitts (although I wish I'd taken a smaller seam allowance so they would have finished a little bigger!). I clipped the thumb and finger curves (whoops -- I guess I CAN'T resew them with a narrower seam allowance, since I snipped all through there already). I turned them inside out, and voila!
|Finished Potholder, Oven Mitts, and Pot Handle Sleeve in the Morning Sun|
|Small Potholder is Just the Right Size for the Tea Kettle Handle|
|Chef Bernie, Cute But Dangerous!|
If you end up making your own pot holders or oven mitts from my tutorial, please send me a picture. I'd love to see them!
I'm linking up with:
- · Finish It Up Friday at www.crazymomquilts.blogspot.com
- · Whoop Whoop Fridays at www.confessionsofafabricaddict.blogspot.com
- · Off the Wall Friday at Creations: http://ninamariesayre.blogspot.com/
- · Finished Or Not Friday at http://busyhandsquilts.blogspot.com/
thanks for the lesson! yes forgive Bernie you are lucky he cooks anything - mine has never learned to do more than pop something in the microwave he won't even learn to barbecue!
We both lucky that our husbands do the cooking in the house and it may be time for me to make new oven mitts. Knowing how things happen in my house, as soon as they're made, bad cooking karma is going to happen. Love your tutorial.
Nice job, Rebecca Grace! Good tips in your tutorial as well!
Mitts - Lovely and useful. Husband - Cute and dangerous. You - Talented and Funny.
Best of all worlds!!!
Great detailed tutorial. Love the presser foot pressure suggestions. It always seems to be a trial and error event for me.
I'm making some new hot mitts and stumbled across this post. I second Preeti's above comments. Couldn't have said it better. Thanks for the tips and laugh this morning.
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