Tuesday, November 9, 2010

A Handmade Christmas: Day 9 with The Crafty Cupboard

Hello friends! I am Melanie from The Crafty Cupboard. I am so excited to be here sharing a handmade holiday idea at The Creation Corner. There is nothing more satisfying than watching the face of your loved one when they open a gift you made especially for them.
One of the main indicators of the approaching holidays are busy ovens. Pies, cinnamon rolls, breads, buns, and many other sweet, calorie-filled delights make their appearance right about now. A great gift would be something that will aid in the baking... or at least the removing of said baked items.
Helloooooo oven mitt!! What makes this mitt unique is its Thumb section- instead of being on the side, it is on the top. Where your thumb naturally wants to go when you are pulling cookie sheets out of the oven. This is my favorite type of oven mitt, so I decided to make one and show you how it is done!
First you need:
Bias Tape
Cut your pieces out of your fabric following the Template instructions. I then trimmed my batting and Insul-Brite about a quarter inch, so there wouldn't be a ton in the seams. Lay them on your table with Fabric first, face down. Then, Batting. Finally, place your Insul-Brite on top, like so:
Baste all these pieces together.
Take your thumb and palm pieces, and match up the small curves. Pin, and sew only along the curved edge.
Since this is curved, clip your seam allowance so it won't be bulky when you turn it inside out.
Place your top piece and your freshly sewn palm/thumb pieces right sides together. I evened them up a little bit by cutting off a small piece.
Sew these pieces together, and clip your corners. I just cut the seam allowance really close to the seam to minimize the bulk.
Take your remaining fabric pieces and sew them together as you did the first set. Clip or trim your edges.
Turn your batting pieces right side out, and slide the lining piece in so that the wrong sides are together. Shove your hand in and feel for any weird bulky spots and trim seam allowances that might need some extra attention.
I added packaged bias tape (following its directions) to the bottom edge, but you can make coordinating tape if you feel particularly ambitious :).
As an after thought, I added a hanging tab to the inside of the mitt. To avoid raw edges, add the tab before you put on the bias tape, and have all your raw edges line up as you sew it on.
Now we have a lovely oven mitt that fits more ergonomically to my hand. It is custom matching to my kitchen too! Don't you think someone you know will love to have this in their kitchen?? Make a matching pair with coordinating placemats or hot pads. Any cook would be so pleased!

Thanks Tasha for letting me come visit! I am glad you and your guests are providing us will so many great ideas through this Handmade Holidays Celebration!

Thank you Melanie!  I love kitchen items and I love this oven mitt.  It is such a great gift idea.  Melanie is amazing.  I love her blog and everything she makes.  She has been a favorite of mine for awhile.  Go check out her blog HERE.  She is even part of "Crafting with the Stars"  Just tells you how creative she is. 


Chris said...

I could use a pair of these myself! Thanks for a fun tutorial.

homemade by jill said...

Your timing is impeccable. I have this exact craft on my to-do list for a holiday gift. Thanks, Melanie!

Carly said...

Brilliant. This is seriously my FAVORITE type of oven mitt. I only have one since I, ahem, left one accidentally on a heated up stove top once. I'm still mourning the loss, I think. I guess i should just make another one!

Kim Beatty said...

I have to say, of all the oven mitt (I almost said recipes!) tutorials I've read, this one looks the easiest, most efficient way to do it! I made a mitt and matching half-apron a few years ago for my cousin who loves to bake, and the tutorial I followed for the mitt was good, but very fussy and the mitt was cumbersome to sew. This seems like a great alternative - and I love this style!

Thanks for sharing! Happy Holiday Crafting every one! :)

★All Thingz Related★ said...

Wow! I love it! I'm sure mine would look that good though, lol! Great tutorial!

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