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Matching Oven Mitt And Potholder Set

Matching Oven Mitt And Potholder Set

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I'm always looking for creative and fun new gift ideas. It's not because I'm too lazy to get out to the store (I'm constantly doing runs to the arts and crafts supplier near me), and it's not because I'm cheap (ask that same local crafts shop keeper to see my monthly total!) I just think that a handmade gift is so much more meaningful than the commercialized version. Homemade items are more personalized, each detail often carrying its own significance, and are frequently better quality, too.

My latest great find is a handmade (of course!) matching oven mitt and potholder set. These sets are really easy and fun to make, and are loaded with functionality. This fun project is also incredibly versatile, so you can really personalize each set to fit the recipient's needs and personality.

Here are the basic steps that you can follow. Once you have the main structure, the sky's the limit! You can choose whatever color, pattern, style or trimming you like, and once you get started you'll see the vast spectrum of choices you have. Using the same fabric is the best way of matching. Oven mitt and potholder set can also be matched with common themes (such as sun mitts and moon potholders).

Potholders (a.k.a. hot pads):

An 8" or 9" square potholder works well for most people, but you are more than welcome to vary the size and shape according to your needs. Cut two pieces of your preferred size/shape from your pattern material (one for the front and another for the back), one batting, and one insulation. Leave approximately ¼ inch all around for seam allowance.

Once you have all the appropriate size pieces cut, lay down each layer neatly on top of one another. What you should have is a pile like this: (from bottom) back piece pattern side up, batting, insulation, front piece pattern side down (this is so later when you turn it right side in, the pattern is showing).

Sew along the outer edges of three of the sides (I recommend a cross-stitch because it's quick and easy but strong).

Turn potholder right side in by pulling through the open side.

Stitch up the last side.

If you are using tubing, cut a piece that is long enough to go around the entire perimeter of the potholder plus two inches for a hanging loop (for an 8" potholder cut approximately 35" piece) and one inch wide.

Fold tubing over the edge of the potholder so that there is ½" hanging over either side, and sew into place.

After you've sewn all four sides, finish off the extra tubing, and sew down the end to the back of the potholder for a convenient little loop.

Oven Mitts:

Draw, trace, or print the oven mitt shape onto the material of choice.

Cut out shape according to pattern with ¼" seam allowance.

Sew along the outer edges of the mitt.

Trim extra edges (but not too close, you don't want to cut the thread!)

Turn right side in, and shape by pressing your hand around the inside edges.

If you like, you can follow the tubing steps from above for the bottom edge of your mitt.

Now that you have the basic steps, you can get creative with your mitts and potholders. If you enjoy some additional frills, add lace around the edges of the potholder. If you have a favorite animal or character, you can sew it onto the front or sides of your creation. Like I always say, personalize to perfection! So, whether your preferred style of handiwork is crochet, knitting, cross-stitch or simple needle and thread (and a little help from a hot glue gun every now and then), a matching oven mitt and potholder set is a great gift to give away or to keep for yourself!

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