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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
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.
Cut your material pieces out from your pattern, cut your pieces out for your batting.
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
Do you have four dollars and are able to sew a straight stitch? Here is a quick and easy craft for Christmas.
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What is the best and cheapest material to use when making oven mitts?
By Ruth B
should use 100% cotton fabric
The reason Judah says that is because cotton can burn, but slowly. Synthetics will melt. So cotton is preferable.
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.