Double Oven Mitt/Pot Holder

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A week before Christmas, a friend and I went to a craft fair in Honolulu. We were picking up gifts for family and my friend decided to look for a double oven mitt. She saw one in Las Vegas gift shop a few months ago and did not purchase it because her luggage was already full and figured she can find one when she got home to Hawaii.

Of one hundred plus booths at this fair, not one carried her double oven mitt. When I got home that day, I tried to order one for her. Two problems came up. We are on an island. Nothing gets shipped to our door within a couple of days and I really wanted her to be surprised for the holidays. Also, her kitchen is Hawaiian themed. Her colors are vibrant. The ridiculously pricey one I had to settle for  that may or may not arrive in time had a country theme plastered all over it.

Fortunately, my dear hubby had bought me a sewing machine to make some stockings. I searched for the perfect tutorial and guess what? There is not a perfect tutorial. Mine will be a combination of about four, possibly five (credited below), different websites, lots of zooming in on Pinterest pictures, and my quilt binding at the end. Here are some of the websites I learned from.

This project ended up taking less than an hour, including locating materials in my house, cutting, and sewing it all together. I honestly think it took me longer to write this tutorial and trying to get the pictures on here than it did to make my double oven mitt. So let’s get started!

Here is a list of supplies I used.

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  • 1/2 yard fabric for exterior
  • 1/4 yard fabric for interior\lining
  • 1/4 yard fabric for binding or at least 70” bias binding (2 1/4″ or 2 1/2″ wide)
  • 1/4 yard of Insul-Bright or Therma-Flec Heat Resistant Heavy Batting
  • Low loft cotton batting (optional for extra thermal protection)
  • Rounded object such as a dinner plate (I used a Costco salad container)
  • Needle and thread
  • Scissors
  • Ruler/Straight edge

Large Pieces  Picture 2 & 3

  • For the outer fabric or backing, cut one 8.5″ x 35″ rectangle. (gray flower)
  • For the lining or feature (what goes on top), cut one 8.5″ x 35″ rectangle. (solid gray)
  • Next, cut the Insul Bright into one 8.5″ x 35″ strip.
  • Do the same for the batting. This is optional. I use it us extra heat protection.

Layer your four body pieces flat on your work surface in the following order:  outer fabric (right side down) – batting/Insul Bright with *shiny side face down – batting – feature fabric (right side up). Pin around the edges to prevent sliding when you put it under the sewing machine.


Pockets Picture 4

  • Cut out four 8.5″ x 10″ rectangles (gray flower) for the pockets.
  • Cut two 8.5″ x 10″ rectangles of batting. You will not need any Insul Bright for this since it will be on top of your hand.

Layer the three pocket pieces in the following order: fabric (right side down) – batting – fabric (right side up).

Binding the pocket pieces

Binding is basically the strips of fabric that are going to connect the top of your mitt to the backing. I have linked a tutorial on sewing bias tape as well as traditional quilt binding. *Pictures shown are from quilt binding.

Using Bias Tape:

  • Cut 2 pieces of bias tape measuring 9 inches long.  You want them to be just slightly longer than the width of your oven mitt fabric.
  • With two of your oven mitt fabrics wrong sides together, fold the ends of your bias tape under and sew it on to the uncut edge of your mitt.
  • Do this to the other two pieces of mitt fabric as well.

Quilt Binding   Pictures 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, & 10

  • Cut 2 1/2 inch wide strips.
  • Fold the binding strip in half length-wise.
  • Now iron the strip that way so it stays.
  • Place the binding strip on the top of the pocket pieces so that the open edges are in line with the outer edge of the pocket piece top.
  • Pin it in place.
  • Sew the strip to the pocket piece.
  • Flip it over and stitch from top to bottom.

Rounding Pictures 11, 12, 13, & 14

Place the pocket pieces with bound side in on top of the larger pieces. Use a plate or template to mark the curves. Cut along the lines. Make sure to mark and cut the side of the pocket piece that is NOT bound. If it is too think to cut through, you can always do it separately. Just use the first cut as a template.

Repeat the steps to on the other side. Again, use the already cut piece as a template.

Sew Picture 15

After all the pieces are cut and layered, pin the pockets to the large piece. Then sew the mitt all the way around to prevent it from sliding. My pictures show hand sewing and this is for only one reason – I have three small children who have different dismissal times at school. So to manage my time better, I take my projects to school pickups and sew in my car or at the park during the in between times. Of course, you can use your sewing machine.

Last binding

Using Bias Tape Use steps for binding with the bias tape. However, start in the middle, NOT the edges. Make sure to go around the corners slowly.

Quilt Binding   Pictures 16, 17, 18, and 19

  • Cut 2 1/2 inch wide strips
  • Cut 3 strips of fabric 2 1/2 inches wide.
  • Make a continuous strip or joining 3 strips together.
  • Place one strip on a flat surface (right side up). Place a second strip on top of the first one (right side down) at a right angle.
  • The ends of each strip should extend beyond each other by about a ½”.
  • Pin in place.
  • Mark the angle from corner to corner with a ruler and fabric marking pen or pencil.
  • Using a straight stitch, sew along the drawn line across the intersection of the two strips.
  • Trim the seam allowance back to ¼”.
  • Then split the seam and iron the edges down, one on each side.
  • Continue this process until all of the binding strips are connects.

BE CAREFUL!  Always make sure your original strip (the longest one that you keep adding onto) is the horizontal strip on bottom.  If you switch the placement, your seams will be on opposite sides and will be exposed later on this process.

Pictures 5, 20, 21, 22, and 23

  • Fold the binding strip in half length-wise.
  • Now iron the strip that way so it stays.
  • Place the binding strip on the top of the mitt so that the open edges are in line with the outer edge of the pocket piece top. Also fold the end of the strip and iron.
  • Sew the binding to the mitt. Don’t start at a corner! Start about half-way on one of the sides and remember to go slowly around the edges.

Picture 24

Grab a needle, some matching thread, scissors and head over to the TV (Or in my case, car line at school!). Stitch the top binding on and you are done! Of course, you can sew this on the machine, but I like to “hide” my stitchings.