Oven mitts from a stash that keeps on giving!

Way back in the Autumn of 2014 I collected together fabrics to make a quilt featuring sheep. I found plaid and checked cottons: some bought new, others up-cycled from second hand clothing, teaming them up with sheep print fabric to make ninepatch blocks. I found a Collie dog print too and cutting just one square from it I called the quilt ‘Where’s Collie?’ (I know, there’s no end to my wit :-))

Where's Collie? Quilt by Allison Reid, New Every Morning Patchwork & Quilting

The quilt was purchased by a lady who lives in a very rural part of England and she was intending it to be a snuggle blanket for use in her camper van. I hope it has been well used over the past three years.

Of course there were fabrics left over, so I made a tote bag:

Collie & Sheep tote bag by Allison Reid, New Every Morning Patchwork & Quilting

And a teapot cosy:

Collie Dog teapot cosy by Allison Reid, New Every Morning Patchwork & Quilting

I gave the cosy as Christmas gift to a couple of friends who, as well as loving to drink tea brewed in a pot, live a very self-sufficient, rustic lifestyle. The couple take their camping gear, a collection of Tilley lamps and hand crafts to several rural shows through the year. The tea cosy travels with them and has received favourable interest from visitors to their stall. Yvonne suggested that an oven mitt to match the cosy would be a very welcome addition to their camping ‘kit’. This comment came to mind as I scratched around for Christmas gift ideas. I searched through my stash (sorted by colour and size of fabric piece) and, thankfully, found a selection from the original quilt along with pieces of the sheep and Collie prints.

An on line search came up with several methods for making oven mitts. I chose to follow Vanessa, The Crafty Gemini’s tutorial, adding a few changes as I went along.

First I cut out 2½” fabric squares and made a patchwork measuring approximately 21″ x 12½”.

Patchwork by allison Reid, New Every Morning Patchwork & Quilting

I made paper templates by drawing around my own oven mitts – adding a generous ¼” seam allowance.

For padding I used a layer of Insul-Bright (left over from making table mats) and a layer of cotton wadding. I machine quilted a cross hatch grid across the patchwork sandwich and then used the paper templates to cut out the top of the right and left mittens.

Mitten templates by Allison Reid, New Every Morning and Patchwork & Quilting

For the palm side of the mitts I made use of some wonderfully soft natural linen given me by a de-stashing Aunt. I used the same two layer combination of padding (Insul-Bright and cotton wadding), made a sandwich and lightly quilted wavy lines to keep the layers together.

Palm side of mittens by Allison Reid, New Every Morning Patchwork & Quilting

Once I’d cut out the two palm sides of the mitts I stitched them to the mitt tops (relieved to find I ended up with a pair of mitts!). I reused the paper templates to cut out some soft calico linings and attached them to the padded outer mitts as shown by Vanessa in her You Tube tutorial (I inserted a hanging tab in each mitt at this stage).

Oven mitt linings, Allison Reid New Every Morning Patchwork & Quilting

Finally I top- stitched around the opening of each oven mitt to add a bit of decoration and keep the lining in place.

Oven mitts by Allison Reid New Every Morning Patchwork & Quilting

I’m very glad I held on to those fabrics after the initial quilt project was completed as to date I’ve been able to use them to create three extra projects! It raises the question of how to store fabric left overs though: should I split related fabrics and store them by colour or should I store well-matched fabrics together after they have been used in a project thinking they’ll probably be used together again? BUT it’s only five days ’til Christmas, I need to be tidying and transforming my sewing space into a guest room NOT be re-organising my stash! 😀

Linking with Yvonne at Quilting Jet Girl for Tips and Tutorials Tuesday. And Connie at Free Motion by the River for Linky Tuesday.

Yvonne Fuchs is hosting her annual review and preview linky. It’s inspiring to see what other patchwork quilters have achieved through the year and what they are planning for the New Year. Why not take a look and/or write a post to share on the linky? And there are prizes to be won 🙂

I guess this may be my last blog post before Christmas so I’d like to thank you for taking time to read and follow my blog and to wish you a joy-filled Christmas.




About allisonreidnem

New Every Morning – About Me Hi! I’m Allison, an obsessive patchwork-quilter who has no desire to be cured! I’ve been developing my skills and knowledge by paying attention at my local quilting group and by putting my questions into the computer search engine. I’m so grateful to the generous people who have taken the time to share their knowledge with me in person, via YouTube videos or their blogs. I’m intending my blog to be a link into the worldwide patchwork and quilting community and a means to contribute helpful hints and inspiration as I continue to discover more about this addictive craft. So, why ‘New Every Morning Patchwork and Quilting’? Well! I am a morning person! I often wake in the wee small hours and think through design and quilt construction issues. My woolly–headed evening brain finds such issues far too difficult to resolve! If I’m disciplined enough to be asleep by 10pm, I can be up cutting, piecing, pressing and quilting before sunrise! By the time daily family routine kicks-in I’ve had a satisfying, soul-feeding creative fix. (I should mention that ‘family at home’ is: my patient, faithful husband of 27years; and our equally patient 16 year old son, who acts as our in-house IT support complete with sighs and rolling eyes! Older daughter and son have both recently flown the nest). Not only do I find early mornings my creative time I also find it a time for receiving spiritual nourishment. I often find myself humming a gentle chorus and reflecting on God’s constancy as another new day dawns. ‘The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, His mercies never come to an end. They are new every morning, new every morning; Great is thy faithfulness, O Lord, Great is thy faithfulness.’ Edith McNeil’s chorus is based on verses from the Bible – Lamentations 3: 21-23.
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8 Responses to Oven mitts from a stash that keeps on giving!

  1. Marcy X says:

    Really nice mitts. Great use of some pretty fabric we tend to hold on to forever. They have a good camping look.

  2. You really put this fabric to good use! I love watching Vanessa’s tutorials.
    I am closing up the sewing shop also. Time to rest before the holidays.
    Hope you have a Merry Christmas!

  3. katyquilts says:

    I struggle with whether I should sort scraps or keep them together as well. Love the oven mitts. I need to make some!

  4. Thank you Katy! I enjoyed using my patchwork and quilting knowledge to make something a bit different.

  5. Love the ‘where’s collie?’quilt and idea. These would be great for children’s quilts with a few things to find! May be an accompanying fabric book to match things. Hum….maybe need one for our small person in the future! X

  6. Glad this post got your mind ticking over (early on Christmas morning!). You might like to make a search for ‘I-Spy’ quilts. I’ve made a couple – it’s fun seeking out assorted fabric prints 🙂 https://wordpress.com/post/neweverymorningpatchworkandquilting.wordpress.com/7690

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