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.
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.
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.
I cut them out, leaving about 3/8″ extra of the quilted fabric all around the outside.
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.
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.
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.
These are now ready for kitchen duty.
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