Wednesday, 20 June 2012

wee and round oven gloves - tutorial

enough fabric to cut out 4 circles of 7" diameter. They don't have to be the same fabrics.
*EDIT* I now make these using 8" circles.
5 circles of insulated wadding/batting the same size - or more or less depending on how heatproof your wadding/batting is.
Bias binding - I used 1¼" wide but you can use whatever width you've got. (If you want to know how to make your own, here's my tutorial for how to do that.)
6" or ribbon or bias binding for a hanger.

To make the pattern:
Draw 2 x 7" diameter circles out of paper.

Put the circles of paper on top of each other with the top one overlapping the lower one by 3". I made one of the circles red so it would be clearer what I did. At least, I hope it's clearer!

Cut out the overlap so you end up with your second circle looking like the one on the right in this diagram.

We'll call the full circle piece A and the circle with the cut-out, piece B.

Cutting out:
Using A, cut out 2 of fabric. One will be all seen, the other will only be partially seen.
Using B, cut out 2 of fabric. One will be all seen the other won't be seen at all - a good chance to get rid of some of that "what-was-I-thinking?" fabric. :oD
Cut out 4 of A and 1 of B.

To make:
Place one of your B fabrics on your table with the right side facing the table. Put your wadding on top of that and then the other piece on top with the RS facing up. You should have a B sandwich with the RS of the fabrics facing outwards on each side and the wadding in the middle.
Pin together and sew about 1/8" from the edge all the way round. (This photo only shows the top curve sewn. You do need to sew around the whole shape.)

This is just to hold the pieces together. You could tack/baste it instead.

Pin RS of bias binding on the cut out edge making sure you pin it to the fabric you want to be showing.

Stitch ¼" away from the raw edge. Stitch slowly easing your bias binding around the curve neatly.

Turn your B piece over so you've now got what will be the inside facing you. Turn under ¼" on raw edge of the bias and pin it down putting your pins in vertically.

You're going to sew this from the other side so you need to put your pins in vertically so you can take them out as you sew.

Turn over again and stitch in the ditch of the seam where you sewed the bias on. You can hardly see the stitching which is the point of stitching in the ditch.

This is how it will look on the other side - the side that will be on the inside of the glove. It's not so neat but it's on the inside so it doesn't matter too much.

Cut off any excess bias binding at the ends:

Next make an A sandwich with your A pieces of fabric both with RS out and the 4 pieces of wadding in between. Stitch as close as you can get to the edge. It's pretty hard - aka impossible - to sew an 1/8" seam with so many layers but try to get as close as you can.

I find it easier to use my walking foot for that seam but, if you don't have one, just go slowly.

Lay your B piece on top of your A piece and pin at the the ends of the bias on the B piece.

With RS together, pin bias binding all the way around the edge of your circle. I start at the top as that will sort of be hidden by the hanger.

Ease the bias binding to fit the curves:

Stitch approx ¼" away from the edge.

Trim some of the fabric/wadding away from the edges. This makes the next bit much easier. Don't trim too close to the seam.

Turn your bias to the back, turn under ¼" on the raw edge of the bias and pin it down.

I prefer to hand sew the bias down but, if you'd rather machine stitch it, go for it. I just like the way it looks with a hand-sewn bias.

Please note - if you do hand sew it down, use the same colour of thread as your binding not the same colour as your fabric. It looks much neater done this way.

To make a hanger, you can use ribbon or the same bias as you used already. If you're using bias, press under ¼" on the long sides with your iron.

Then fold those raw bits inside and stitch down the edge.

Turn under about ½" on the ends and attach the hanger at the top of your glove. I stagger the ends so that I'm not expecting my machine to stitch through too many layers of fabric. (There would be 8 layers of bias, 2 layers of fabric and 4 layers of wadding if you stitched them on top of each other. Yikes!)

Attach a label if using and that's you done.

This is a small glove - more appropriate to taking lids off pans or taking the peas out of the microwave. I personally wouldn't use them to take baking trays out of the oven. They're a bit too wee for that.


  1. what a good idea to use a small mit like this for microwave things! I use little pyrex casseroles in the microwave and your little mitts will be perfect

  2. excelente, gracias por el tutorial.



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