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Recovered Oven Mitts

Recovered Oven Mitts

Just under the wire for a Friday finish by taking part in Friday Night Sew In… I completed recovering a pair of oven mitts.

Our old ones were rather the worse for wear.

Shabby Old Oven Mitts

Now I suppose, I could have made a completely new pair. 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 washed them.

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

First, I unpicked the seams.

Old oven mitts - taken apart

I went through my fabric dresser, found some pretty fabric, pinned it to a couple of pieces of scrap batting (<-affiliate link) and practiced a free motion quilting design I’m thinking of using for another project that I’m working on.

After I pressed the pieces of the old oven mitts, they were pinned to the wrong side of the newly quilted fabric.

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

I cut them out, leaving about 3/8″ extra of the quilted fabric all around the outside.

Quilted fabric cut to fit old oven mitts

I took them to the machine and basted each piece together.

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

I serged all the way around the edge.  This acts to compress those layers, making it easier to sew them together.  This also trimmed that extra quilted fabric even with the old oven mitts.

Edges of the oven mitt pieces after being serged

I added some red double sided bias binding to the top of each mitt piece (forgot to take a photo of that.)

Clover clips (<affiliate link) held them together much better than pinning.

Oven mitts ready to sew together

Then it was a simple matter to sew them together with a 3/8″ seam allowance using heavy weight upholstery thread.

Turning them right side out did prove challenging and I needed Dave’s strong hands to accomplish that.

Newly recovered oven mitts

These are now ready for kitchen duty.

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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • Karen
    November 21, 2015 2:07 am

    Pretty and practical… have to be happy with that.

  • Maria
    November 21, 2015 2:18 am

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

  • 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?

  • susan
    November 21, 2015 8:58 am

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

  • Laney
    November 21, 2015 8:58 am

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

  • Mary
    November 21, 2015 11:09 am

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

  • Flashinscissors
    November 21, 2015 2:33 pm

    Lovely job, Sue! Very pretty!

    Barbara xx

  • 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!!

  • 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

  • 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!

  • 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!

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