Making Oven Mitts and Hot Pads

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My son is a career soldier and lives with only the basic necessities of life because the army moves him from one duty station to another. The only piece of furniture that he owns is a single bed and a small cardboard dresser. Early in his military career, he enjoyed going to auctions or thrift stores to furnace his apartment. But he soon realized that it was very impractical to buy furniture because he soon had to donate it all and move again.

We visited him during Thanksgiving and my husband and I slept on his living room floor in army sleeping bags. We ate a delicious Thanksgiving dinner at one of the dining facilities on post and we also went out to several restaurants and ate dinner. I used his microwave and noticed he didn't have any hot mitts. So I made him a man's set of hot mitts from an old pair of blue jeans.


By Marjorie from Lewiston, NY

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I made this for Christmas gifts for all my family and friends last year and they loved them. If you start now and work on it in your spare time, you can be done with it way before Christmas.

You can get a pattern at your fabric store for less then $2.00. The pattern will tell you how much material and what other items you need to make the oven mitts and hot pads.

I made 16 sets of oven mitts and 16 sets of hot pads in 2 weeks. If I had thought of it sooner, I would have been able to take my time making them. This year, everyone is getting Christmas aprons and place mats.


Approximate Time:

1 and 1/2 hours


  • outside decorative material
  • material for inside lining
  • batting
  • bias tape
  • pattern
  • thread


Cut your material pieces out from your pattern, cut your pieces out for your batting.

Oven Mitt:

  • Lay down 1 piece of outer decorative material and put batting on top followed by lining.
  • Pin these pieces together. This will give you one side of a oven mitt.
  • Put bias tape on top edge of mitt making a loop to hang the mitt with.
  • When you have the decorative material, batting, and lining stitched together quilt the mitt glove section.
  • Follow the same steps and this will give you the other side of the oven mitt which will make 1 mitt.
  • Put both oven mitt sections with decorative sides facing each other and stitch together.
  • Turn oven mitt right side out and you have 1 finished oven mitt.
  • Hot Pads:


    1. Follow the same steps putting the decorative material, followed by the batting then you will need to place another piece of the decorative material facing together with the first piece of decorative material.
    2. Stitch this together leaving a small opening to allow you to turn it right side out.
    3. You can put a decorative bias tape edge around the hot pad and leave enough to make a loop for hanging.
    4. You can also, just leave an opening to turn it right side out and place a piece of bias tape inserted inside slightly to make the loop in the opening and stitch across close to the outside of the hot pad edge to close and secure the loop.
    5. Quilt the material outsides of the hot pads, but do not quilt your bias tape edge.

    This was a really fun and easy project and once you have made one it is much easier and does not take any time to make more.


    By Patricia from Houston, TX

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    Do you have four dollars and are able to sew a straight stitch? Here is a quick and easy craft for Christmas.

    Christmas Mitts and Potholders

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    March 10, 2015

    What is the best and cheapest material to use when making oven mitts?

    By Ruth B


    November 23, 20150 found this helpful

    should use 100% cotton fabric

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    November 25, 20150 found this helpful

    The reason Judah says that is because cotton can burn, but slowly. Synthetics will melt. So cotton is preferable.


    Think about the thickness of the batting you're going to use. It will need to be thick enough to be insulating but still be flexible.

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    March 3, 20180 found this helpful

    Question: Is there any fabric besides cotton to use in oven mitts? I have a pile of burnt mitts, where the cotton got scorched by a flame. Surely we have come up with something better than that by now.

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