Since our move, we’ve needed various craftable knick-knacks, from plastic bag holders to oven mitts. While sewing mitts, I realized that it might be helpful to create a beginner’s sewing tutorial. Everything within this tutorial is free, so go wild.
As always, comment if you have any questions.
- 1 package of double-fold bias tape (in the U.S., it’s usually packaged in 3 yard units)
- Fabric remnant (I used cotton quilting fabric)
- Volume fleece or other thick fabric with insulating properties
- Thread, preferably similar in color to your bias tape
- Printed pattern piece
Step 1: Cut
Fold your main fabric together and place pattern piece on top, then cut on cutting lines. Do the same for your lining fabric. The idea is to get a mirror image piece for each type of fabric, as shown above.
Step 2: Mark
Mark the stitching line on the smooth side (or whichever side will be the inside of your oven mitt) of your lining. Make sure you mark the area between the thumb and main section carefully; if this is not sewn properly, your glove may look mighty strange.
Step 3: Baste
Step 4: Quilt
For each basted piece, sew parallel lines in one direction. Then, sew intersecting perpendicular lines to create a grid. You can use a quilting guide to make sure your lines are parallel, or you can eyeball it.
You don’t have to cut and tie your thread after each line. Instead, try sewing a line, dropping the needle, lifting the foot, and rotating your fabric. Then drop the foot and sew a few stitches (the short end of the parallelogram) until you reach the point where the next line should be, drop the needle again, lift the foot, rotate your fabric, drop the foot, and sew the next line. I know it all sounds confusing, so I made this video (with my cell phone; unfortunately, it’s all I have right now). The button I am pressing drops and lifts the needle.
Step 5: Sew
Pin each quilted piece together, right side to right side, and start sewing at the thumb side along the stitching line. You may want to do some backstitching around the thumb area to make sure it’s secure. Stop sewing halfway down the main section as indicated in the picture above.
Step 6: Trim
Trim the bottom of the mitts and make sure sides front and back edges line up with one another. Also trim 1 inch of the seam allowance (the raw edge) of the bottom part of your mitt about 1/8 inch from the seam. This will help when you wrap bias tape around it.
Step 7: Place & Sew
Turn mitt right-side out. Fold bias tape over entire bottom end of mitts (including seam), leaving about 0.5 inches (about 1.3 cm) free at unsewn ends as picture indicates. Sew tape on.
Step 8: Make the Loop
Cut three inches (about 7.5 cm) of bias tape, then sew the open ends together. Turn mitt inside out.
Fold loop in half and place, pointing inwards, between front and back pieces. Baste loop on to either front or back piece to keep it in place. Then sew remaining half of main mitt section together, sandwiching loop in between.
Step 9: Trim
Step 10: Admire
Admire your work! You may want to press down the edges while the mitt is right-side out, particularly around the curved portions.