A good friend and neighbour of mine was married in early May, and we were unable to attend the wedding as we had so recently had a baby. I attended her wedding shower in April and gave her a gift certificate to a really nice kitchen store in our small town, so in keeping with that theme, I decided to make her a pair of quilted oven mitts and tuck a few kitchen utensils inside. I am a big fan of traditional quilt blocks, especially sewn up in modern fabric, and the Churn Dash block is timeless. These oven mitts were quick, simple and the finished result was great.
For this project I used the 6″ Churn Dash block pattern from the Farm Girl Vintage book by Lori Holt, as it is currently sitting on my sewing table awaiting the next quilt project. The fabric was all pulled from my stash, purchased when we were following my husband from job to job last summer and living in our trailer for a few weeks. I love the cheerful colours and butterfly design; and I think these fabrics would work in just about any kitchen. I checked the selvedge for the designer, but seem to have gotten the other edge on all of my fat quarters.
This project was the first time I have used Pellon Insul-Fleece heat proof batting, I picked some up at a local quilt shop a few weeks ago hoping to make myself some new oven mitts as well. I also added one layer of 100% cotton batting to the quilt sandwich to provide extra heat protection. Having this many layers is functional and looks good, but requires very careful stitching of the binding as the thickness can result in skipped stitches.
Below is a quick tutorial to make one oven mitt of your own.
Quilt block measuring 6 1/2″ unfinished
Backing fabric measuring 6 1/2″ square
Two pieces of fabric measuring 10″ x 6 1/2″
Binding strip measuring 2 1/4″ wide x about 45″
Pellon Insul-Fleece 6 1/2″ square
Pellon Insul-Fleece 10″ x 6 1/2″
100% cotton quilt batting 6 1/2″ square
100% cotton quilt batting 10″ x 6 1/2″
- Assemble a quilt sandwich in the following order, top down: quilt block (face up), Pellon, batting, backing fabric (face down). Quilt as desired.
- Cut a strip of binding 7″ long and fold in half lengthwise, press. Sew along the back of one edge of the quilt block sandwich with a 1/4″ seam, matching the raw edges. Turn the binding to the front of the block and topstitch 1/8″ from the folded edge of the binding.
- Assemble a quilt sandwich in the following order, top down: 10″ x 6 1/2″ fabric piece (face up), batting, Pellon, 10″ x 6 1/2″ fabric piece (face down). Quilt as desired.
- Place the quilt block sandwich on top of the larger fabric sandwich with the bound edge along the pocket opening, as shown in the photographs. Baste 1/8″ from the edges to secure. Wonder Clips work well for this step.
- Fold the remaining binding lengthwise and press. Sew along the back of the oven mitt with a 1/4″ seam, matching the raw edges and leaving a tail at the beginning to join the ends using your favourite binding method. Mitre corners. Turn the binding to the front of the oven mitt and topstitch 1/8″ from the folded edge of the binding.
And that’s it! Pretty simple wasn’t it? These oven mitts would be great paired with a coordinating pot holder for your next casserole fresh from the oven. Of course, they also make a great gift.