Oven Mitt and Pot Holder Free Sewing Tutorial.
Supplies (for one oven mitt):
(1) - 8 x 8 inch square of Insul-Bright
(2) - 8 x 3 1/4 inch piece of Insul-Bright
(1) - 8 x 8 inch square of linen
(2) - 8 x 3 1/4 inch pieces of linen
Enough Coordinating fabrics to make:
(1) - 8 x 8 inch square
(2) - 8 x 3 1/4 inch pieces (These can either be pieced with strips or made up of one print)
(2) - 2 1/2 in x 8 1/2 in strips
(1) - 2 1/2 in x 44in strip
Step One: Assembling the top of the Oven Mitt
Using my coordinating fabrics, I cut different size widths of fabric 8" long. I cut the 8" strips anywhere from 1 1/2 inch wide to 3 inches wide. And then pieced the strip together. You need to make sure that the top of the oven mitt measures at least 8in x 8in once you have pieced your strips together.
Here are my strips laid out in the order that I want them.
Here they are pieced together. This will be the top of my oven mitt.
Step Two: Piecing the Pockets
While you are in the piecing mode, let's piece the back pockets! You can use the same method as you did to piece the top. Your final pieces for the back will need to measure 8 inches by 3 1/4 inches. You can use one piece of fabric for the pockets or you can sew strips together like you did for the top. Either way will work just fine!
For this oven mitt I used one print for the pockets.
For this oven mitt I went with the scrappy theme and sewed strips together.
Step Three: Stacking the layers together
Since the top and pockets are pieced, we now have to layer the pieces together and get ready to quilt. You will lay the 8 inch square linen piece first, then the Insul-Bright, and finally the 8 inch top. The shinier side of the Insul-Bright should be facing where most of the heat will be coming from. You will follow the same pattern for the pockets. Layer a 3 1/4 x 8 inch piece of linen, the Insul-Bright, and the print you chose for the pockets.
Note: You will want to place each layer directly on top of the previous layer. This picture is just being shown to better illustrate the order of the layers. :)
Now you will quilt each set as desired. I personally used straight line quilting. Feel free to use whatever you love most! After your pieces are quilted they should look something like this.
Step Four: Squaring up our pieces!
This is super important for a chick like me. I NEED everything to be square and perfect. What can I say, it's who I am. So at this point we are going to square our main piece to be 7 1/2 x 7 1/2 inches and our pockets need to be squared to 7 1/2 x 3 inches.
Note: We made them larger to begin with to assure that we had enough wiggle room while quilting. Sometimes the fabric can get skewed and pushed around a bit. :)
Step Five: Binding the Pockets:
We need to add the binding to a long side of each of the pockets. I started my binding on the back of the pockets and machine quilted it to the front. You can use whatever style you like best. If you want to hand stitch be my guest!
Step Six: Attaching the Pockets to the Main Piece
You're getting so close to the end! Now you need to turn the main piece over so you are looking at the linen side. Place one pocket, linen side down, and stitch around three sides. Repeat the same process for the other pocket.
When you have finished sewing both pockets down, it should look something like this.
Step Seven: Binding this puppy!
Unfortunately, I couldn't use my nifty binding tool for this project, it is too small. So I attached the binding like normal people do.
Once the binding is done you will have a completed project!! If you want to make the pot holder just skip steps two and six.