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I just love the new Bluebird Park fabric by Kate & Birdie with the little hummingbirds, so I snatched up a few fat quarters at my LQS to make myself some much needed oven mitts and potholders last weekend.

These are the sad potholders that currently adorn my kitchen 🙁

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So happy with my new hummingbird mitts, goodbye 80’s chickies.

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There are several other fun fabrics in this line that were not at my shop (love the little rabbits and bicycles), so I ordered a couple of charm packs from MSQ for a future table runner and several other fun kitchen projects  that I will share on a future post.

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OVEN MITT TUTORIAL

You can find the pattern I used for the oven mitts at Skip to My Lou  and my potholder tutorial here.   The only difference on these potholders from my tutorial:

  • Used 4 x 4 squares for a smaller potholder;
  • Quilted 1/4″ away from all seam lines.

I constructed my mitts a little different than Skip to My Lou, so below are the steps I used (1/4″ seam allowance and 2.0 stitch length unless otherwise specified):

A.  Cut two 9″ x 14″ pieces from each fabric:  cover fabric, Cotton Batting, Insulbright, lining fabric and make two fabric sandwiches in that order.

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B. Quilt each fabric sandwich together.  Below is how I quilted a diamond pattern on each fabric sandwich:

  1.  Draw the first line from left corner to right corner using an erasable pen (frixion pilot pen).
  2.  Using the first line as a guide and with a large ruler, draw lines in both directions spacing them 1″ apart.
  3.  Starting on the middle line, quilt along all drawn lines to the right, to the left, and then flip and do the other direction.  No need to cut threads when you get to the end of the line, just turn and continue down the next line.

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C.  Trace oven mitt pattern on the quilted sandwiches, reversing oven mitt pattern on the 2nd piece.  Cut out both mitts.

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D.  Optional:  Add a cuff band to the top of the mitt.  To make the pattern for the band, I took the top pattern piece and drew a S shape along the bottom before cutting out.  Cut out a top and bottom piece from the pattern and piece together as follows:

  1. Cut a 1″ x 7″ bias strip (black and white strip) and iron in half.  Line up the raw edges and sew to top piece with a 1/8″ seam allowance.
  2. With RST, sew the 2 pieces together along the top and bottom.  Turn inside out, and press.
  3. Sew to the top mitt along the top and bottom edges.
  4. Sew a zigzag stitch around the edges of the top and bottom mitt.

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E.  Lay the two mitts together with lining fabric facing out and pin.  Do a tight zigzag stitch around all edges, EXCEPT cuff edge. Trim away excess fabric from zigzagged edge.  Turn right side out.

F.  Bind cuff edge using purchased double bias binding or make your own (tutorial here by That Girl…That Quilt).  Add a hanging loop by stitching ends of a 4″ ribbon or strip under the binding (picture below is adding a loop to a potholder before sewing on the binding).  When you get ready to stitch the binding ends together, I prefer Crazy Mom Quilts method for small projects.

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I had to fiddle ALOT with sewing the binding onto the mitt as the opening did not fit around the throat of my sewing machine.  I finally got it attached, but was not pretty.  All the uneven stitching is covered up when you flip over the binding, so turned out fine!

And that’s it!  Fun and easy weekend project.  I’m thinking of adding a few buttons to the left side of the mitt cuff … what do you think?

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Hope you enjoyed my oven mitt tutorial!  Feel free to email or comment questions below.

Happy sewing!

Teri of The Hummingbird Thread

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