Oven gloves

Pot holder or oven mitt can be just the right gift idea to make. A pair of denim oven gloves is an easy sewing project and great eco-friendly item to own. I hope you will like this free sewing tutorial for oven glove DIY.

DIY oven glove from old jeans

Of coarse, you can make a pair of oven mitts from almost any fabric, but isn’t it cool to make them from old jeans? Denim craft is always on trend! I would recommend to use medium thickness jeans.

Eco friendly gift sewing project

Print the pattern

I haven’t added seam allowances to this printable pattern, because it won’t fit into a standard printing paper 🙂 So don’t forget to add them when cutting.

Download and print this free printout oven glove pattern.

Cutting out all parts

For one glove you will need two pieces of denim, two pieces of lining and two pieces of fleece of medium thickness or other textile to keep the heat away – each pair must be cut as a mirror image.

For the outer trace and cut the mitt shape adding seam allowances.

Cut out the parts

Don’t forget that if you are making a matching pair of mitts, you will need the fronts of them mirror cut too.

Decorating your oven mitt

For decorating your oven gloves I’ve included a star shape, but you may wish to try other shapes like those here >>>. In the end of that key chain tutorial you will find another free printout for a heart, snowman, cat shape. Another crafty idea – may be you wish to stencil or draw something on.

A pair of oven mitts free pattern

A simple applique is a good and fast idea, especially with denim, where you can fray the edges. Another way which I will describe here is a chenille star – do this only if you are patient and have plenty of time 😉

So, for simple applique, cut out the star shape out of contrasting piece of denim, sew it onto the position by simply following the edge line. Fray the edges. To do this the best advise I can give – is to wet the whole thing and rub with your hands, let dry and iron. Or take a wet cloth and rub against all edges, helping with nails sometimes, to achieve the desired look. Cut off excess of thread if needed.

Chenille star

I’d say making this type of textile décor is quite time consuming and if you have never tried it before, better practice on something more simple. I have a free tutorial here >>>

Chenille star tutorial

To make a chenille star, draw around the star shape onto the glove. Find 3-4 pieces of thin cotton larger than the star. It will show just a bit of colour once we cut through it. The larger the pieces – the easier it will be to place it underneath to ensure the star shape on top is fully lined underneath. Check thoughtfully, then pin through all layers.

Sewing raw edge star

Stitch at both sides of your drawn line at about 10mm apart, which is 5mm from drawn line at both sides. Cut off excess at the wrong side.

Trim underneath

With manicure scissors cut through the denim layer first. Then find the other layers and cut through them except for the lowest one! While cutting along the lines be very careful, feel by your fingers the lowest layer. You can cut altogether or layer by layer. Cut along the drawn line the whole star.

Cut along the lines

Also cut the star outer corners off and make small cuts within the inner corners. This will help to open up the fabric.

Cut of the excess

Fraying the edges is quite a piece of work too. For me wetting the whole thing was better than working on it when dry. Try to open up the cut to reveal all the levels, rub against the cut edges. You can even cut off some denim along the edges to expose more of the inner fabric. Cut off threads when necessary. Keep rubbing and opening the edges until you achieve the desired look. Let dry, iron and rub a bit more 🙂

Rub while wet

Sewing the outer

I’ve used fleece for the inner layer because it’s soft and thick. I am not sure what thickness I have here, this is some leftovers from making neck warmers. My oven gloves was tested and this is perfectly enough to keep the heat away. You may use something else to thicken up the mitt, use your own judgement and remember there is a layer of denim and lining too.

Cut out two shapes of fleece matching the denim mitts.

Add fleece for thickness

At the bottom of the gloves, as you can see, the fleece is shorter by 1″ (2,5cm). Doing this lets us to topstitch the opening later on. If we leave the fleece full size, it will create too much thickness and become very difficult to topstitch. The glove then will be usable but will look a bit unfinished.

Lay a sandwich: fleece + two denims right sides together + fleece. Clip together and stitch around except for the opening.

Layer up

Stitch all way around, except for the opening.

Sew around

Cut small snips at the inner corners of the thumb cut V-s along all curved edges.

Adding lining

Cut out two mirror pieces of lining adding seam allowances. Pin right sides together and stitch along, leaving an opening at a side of about 4″ (10cm).

Prepare the lining

Cut off a bit of fabric al all sides (except bottom) to reduce bulk inside of a finished mitt.

Turn the outer of the glove right side out, straighten along the seams. Push the outer mitt all the way into the lining mitt right sides together.

Push the outer into the lining

If you want to add a little hook, then insert it now into the corner (opposite from thumb) between body and the lining. Pin along the bottom edge and stitch it.

Add a loop

Through the opening in the lining get the outer out.

Turn to right side

Stitch up the opening in the lining by pressing flat and straight the seam allowances and stitching along the very edge.

Sew up the opening in the lining

Place the lining inside of the outer. When pushing the lining in, make sure it goes between the two fleecy parts. Just saying because I accidentally pushed it in to a “wrong hole” 😀

Top stitch the oven glove

Topstitch the edge and you are done!!!

Free sewing tutorial for oven glove

I hope you liked making denim oven glove! What are other ideas do you have to decorate a pair of oven mitts?

Take a look at some other easy gift ideas that you can make from a old jeans >>>

2 thoughts on “Oven gloves

  1. It is so generous of you to share this and so many other wonderful tutorials and inspirations. I’m currently busy sewing a bag with a tutorial of you It contains so many good hints, makes fun and is really worth the money! Kind regards – Sabine

    1. Thank you, Sabine, for such hearty comment! It’s so nice to know that my effort worth it!

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