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How to Recover Oven Mitts

How to Recover Oven Mitts

Do you have an old pair of oven mitts that have seen better days but are still good enough to use? Today, I’m going to show you how to recover oven mitts and give them new life using pretty new fabric and contrasting bias tape.

As you can see, our old oven mitts were looking rather the worse for wear. No amount of washing would take out the stains from years of use.

Shabby Old Oven Mitts

Now I suppose, I could have made a completely new pair of oven mitts. I have lots of fabric and Insul-brite (<-affiliate link) leftover from making hot pads for our son and hot pads and oven mitts for our middle daughter.

But the inside of these ones were still good… just the outside looked shabby. So I put them through the laundry with a load of towels to make sure there were no food stains since the last time I’d washed them.

I took some pictures as I recovered them but this is more a how-I-did-it than an in depth tutorial.

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How to Recover Oven Mitts


First, you’ll need to unpicked the seams.

Old oven mitts - taken apart

Remove the old bias tapes from the top of the oven mitts. Give them a good pressing.

Go through your fabric stash and find pretty new fabric to recover your oven mitts. Make sure to use only 100% cotton fabric. Anything other than 100% cotton will not be able to withstand the heat of taking dishes out of the oven.

I went through my fabric dresser to find some pretty floral fabric.

Pin the fabric to two layers of a batting (<-affiliate link.) I used large scraps of batting that I had leftover from another project.

Quilt as desired.

For mine, I practiced a free motion quilting design I’m thinking of using for another project that I’m working on.

Pin the old oven mitts pieces to the quilted fabric as shown in the photo below:

Inside of old oven mitts pinned to the back of the quilted fabric

Cut around the oven mitt pieces leaving about 3/8″ extra of the quilted fabric all around the outside.

Quilted fabric cut to fit old oven mitts

Machine baste the quilted fabric to each piece.

This next step is one that I’ve found helps when it comes to the final step of sewing the thick layers of oven mitts together.

Serge, overlock or zigzag all the way around the edge of each piece.

This acts to compress those layers, making it easier to sew them together. The serger also trims off the extra quilted fabric so that it’s even with the old oven mitts.

If you’re not using a serger, use scissors to trim the excess quilted fabric.

Edges of the oven mitt pieces after being serged

Sew double sided bias binding to the top of each oven mitt piece.

Pin or clip the pieces right sides together.

I found that clover clips (<affiliate link) held them together much better than pinning.

Oven mitts ready to sew together

Thread your machine with a heavy weight upholstery thread.

Cut two pieces of 2.5″ bias tape to make the hanging loops. Fold them in half and insert them in the side seam at the top.

Sew each oven mitt together using a 3/8″ seam allowance.

Turn them right side out.

Newly recovered oven mitts

They’re ready for kitchen duty!



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  • Lisa // Cucicucicoo: Eco Sewing & Crafting
    June 16, 2018 5:18 pm

    What a fantastic idea! I have some really scummy looking oven mitts that could really use this treatment! I’ll have to try. Thanks! 🙂 Lisa

  • Happiest Camper
    June 15, 2018 12:56 pm

    I never would have thought to do this. Great idea!

  • Cath
    November 23, 2015 6:39 pm

    and just like that a ‘new’ pair of oven mitts! the inside of those looks rather cosy so I am not surprised you wanted to keep the main structure of the mitts….you are lucky last…I have visited everyone on the list now!

  • Rebecca Grace
    November 23, 2015 4:31 pm

    What a fantastic idea! My own oven mitts look a lot like your “before” photo and I never thought of “reupholstering” them like you did. Thanks for the inspiration and congrats on your finished oven mitt makeover!

  • Iris-Julimond
    November 22, 2015 4:41 am

    Your Recovery looks great. I will do it with my oven mitts. They look like yours and they need “help”.

    Greetings from Germany

  • Mary Anne
    November 21, 2015 7:40 pm

    A lot of work to re-vamp them, but the end result is so pretty. Oven gloves and I don’t get along – I can burn a hole in them within a matter of a couple of days and then that hole will be invariably where I try to pick up something hot. Necessary evils, oven gloves….but I don’t have to like them!!

  • Flashinscissors
    November 21, 2015 2:33 pm

    Lovely job, Sue! Very pretty!

    Barbara xx

  • Mary
    November 21, 2015 11:09 am

    Such a nice remake of the mitts!!! Great job, Sue.

  • Laney
    November 21, 2015 8:58 am

    What a great makeover! Nice tip about serging before sewing.

  • susan
    November 21, 2015 8:58 am

    Very productive for FNSI- and they do look so much better.

  • Rachel
    November 21, 2015 6:41 am

    A great success, indeed!

  • Michele T
    November 21, 2015 7:38 am

    Iwell, well, well… I should do this with my oven mitts!!! Looks easy enough?

  • Maria
    November 21, 2015 2:18 am

    Hmm a lot of work but they do look great finished…..

  • Karen
    November 21, 2015 2:07 am

    Pretty and practical… have to be happy with that.

  • Susan
    November 21, 2015 1:10 am

    Very cute! That would never have occurred to me to do. But then, I don’t have any oven mitts anyway. =) It’s the kind of thing my mother would have loved, though. She didn’t like to throw away anything with any good left in it.

  • threeundertwo
    November 21, 2015 1:05 am

    What a great idea! I have some that could definitely use a facelift. Great way to practice a quilting design and so smart to use the clips! I have some and never use them for anything except binding. Have a great weekend!

  • Lynn
    November 21, 2015 1:50 am

    They look great – a lot of work but well worth it when they last for quite a while.

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