- Do you love baking?
- Do you often burn your hands when taking hot items out of the oven?
Oven mitts are a necessary item in any kitchen. They protect your hands from hot pots and pans, making cooking much safer and more enjoyable!
Have you wanted to make oven mitts for a while now? It’s time to stop waiting and start making them!
In this how-to guide, we will give you step-by-step instructions on how to make oven mittens.
Making a pair of oven mitts is very easy to do, and you can make them in just a few hours. Let’s get started!
Tools and Materials
- Sewing machine
- Pins or clips
- String or ruler
- Iron and board
- Fabric, cotton batting, or quilt batting
- Thread in matching color or contrasting color for stitching
- Fleece or wool fabric scraps for lining
- Velcro strap(optional)
Steps by Steps to Make Oven Mitts
Oven mitts are a necessity for many people who cook in the kitchen. They protect your hands from hot pots, pans, and oven racks. Oven mitts can be made easily at home with some fabric and sewing skills.
We all have our way of getting things done. There is an infinite number of ways to do something, but there are some techniques that seem to be more popular than others.
This tutorial will show you how to make your own beautiful oven mitts with this simple method!
Step 1: Draw out your design.
The first step is to measure the size of your hand with a string or ruler, then use that length to create an outline for the shape you want.
Next, give each finger its designated spot by making slits where they should go so when you fold over them later, they will stay put.
Step 2: Cut the fabric into two pieces.
Place your scissors on either end of the material and make a diagonal line until you reach both ends.
Next, fold over 1 – 2 of an inch from each side so that it’s rolled up towards itself to create extra thickness at the cuff area, which will help hold more heat inside.
Step 3: Pin one piece of fabric to your work surface, right side down.
Place the second piece of fabric on top, wrong side up, and pin it in place. Sew around the edges using a 1/2 inch seam allowance, leaving an opening about 3 inches wide at the bottom for turning out
Step 4: Fold and sew down the top edge of your mitten to create a cuff.
Then trim off any excess material that might be poking out from under the fold at either end. Match up both raw edges of the sleeve with each other on top of your hand, then sew down this piece until there’s just enough room left to slide in two fingers.
Step 5: Put your hand inside.
Make sure that there is enough room to move your fingers around comfortably.
They need space that’s not too tight or loose – so make sure when putting on these gloves that you’re able to feel around freely without feeling cramped up.
Step 6: Place each completed oven mitt on top and iron them flat from inside out.
It is important to make sure the seams are all sealed properly, so they will not unravel when being used in a hot environment.
Step 7: Make a loop.
For hanging by sewing two strips of fabric together lengthwise and folding them in half width-wise so that they are doubled over themselves, leave space for the hand to go through or add a buttonhole at the top corner.
If you made loops, use ribbon or string to tie around your fingers once so that you can hang up your new oven gloves; if you added a buttonhole, simply hook onto any convenient knob!
How to Make Square Oven Mitts?
If you are tired of having trouble with your oven mitts, then consider making square ones. It’s much easier to use and store compared to a regular one. The process is really simple too! All you have to do is:
- Cut two rectangles of fabric, each about 5″ x 10″
- Sew the two pieces together on the “long edge.” Fold it in half so that when you open it up, there’s a rectangle with four sections.
- Trim off any excess scraps, but leave a ~1/4″ border around all four sides.
- Fold one edge inward to match up with the raw edges folded neatly from step 3 (approximately 1/2″). Sew this closed.
How Do You Make Oven Gloves Heat-Resistant?
We all know how handy oven gloves are in the kitchen. They protect our hands from burns and make it easier to handle hot dishes, but do you know how to make oven gloves heat-resistant?
A few ways to make oven gloves heat-resistant include:
1. Using fire retardant materials like Kevlar or Nomex,
2. Adding an insulation layer between the fabric and your hands,
3. Or lining the gloves with another resistant material at high temperatures.
To create an insulating layer between your fingers and the fabric of your oven mitts, try sewing in a thin piece of felt or fleece inside each glove.
If you want more protection against burns but don’t want to replace all your current oven mitts with new ones, consider buying some silicone liners that can be slipped into any pair of kitchen gloves.
If you want heat-resistant oven gloves, choose natural fabrics. A natural fabric has a natural weave pattern and textile characteristics that make it more effective at dissipating heat.
Insulate your oven mitts with natural fabrics, like cotton. Cotton is an excellent insulator, will wick moisture away from the skin to prevent sweat and better cooling.
Oven gloves made with natural fabrics will retain less heat than those made from synthetic materials.
The rise in temperature within a microwave oven is very rapid and often leads to excessive dehydration of the fabric, which can cause loosening or even burning.
Natural fabrics that are not elastic, such as wool, and do not shrink after repeated use, such as cotton, are best for this kind of job.
Synthetic fabrics may make oven gloves hot to wear or too stiff and inflexible for easy use when flipping tongs while cooking. Alternatively, thicker, heavier materials such as leather or canvas may be better.
For example, with a leather oven mitt, the heat is wicked away from your hand because of the naturally insulating yet breathable properties of the leather. It’s also thick and durable so that it can withstand high temperatures.
Is It Necessary to Make Double Oven Mittens/Gloves?
There are many different opinions on this topic, but the answer ultimately comes down to personal preference.
Double oven gloves will protect your hands from both the heat of the outside and inside surfaces of an oven, so they can be a great option if you have sensitive hands or need extra protection when handling hot dishes.
It’s not always necessary, but it is generally safer and often more convenient.
The thing about them is that they can sometimes be a bit bulky.
Double ovens can sometimes take up more space than one single-oven range would, and the additional room created by making two pairs of mitts/gloves will allow for better movement around the inside of the oven.
But on the other hand, they don’t get in your way as much as single oven gloves do if you might need to carry other dishes at the same time as well.
Double oven mitts protect better than just one by providing coverage of both hands when handling hot items- so it’s pretty obvious what one should go for in most situations!
Cooking is a lot of fun, but it’s also really dangerous if you don’t know how to handle hot pots and pans.
Whether you’re cooking for yourself or hosting dinner parties for friends and family, there are some kitchen tasks that are just too risky to do without proper protection. Not only can burns be painful, but they can also lead to more serious medical issues in the future.
Making oven mitts is a creative way to use your sewing skills and protect yourself from the burn of hot items.