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Making a Kitchen Mitt From Old Shirts

Make a clever 5 fingered kitchen mitt by recycling old t-shirts. This is a guide about making a kitchen mitt from old shirts.
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October 11, 2016

The usual pot holder doesn't have five fingers and I thought of making a unique one that looks like a glove. You can wear it with your five fingers separate where it will be easier to hold hot pots. I used old and unused shirts for this project.

Supplies:

  • clean old cotton shirts*
  • scissors
  • sewing kit
  • pen or tailor's chalk
  • sewing machine, optional
  • pins, optional

*Be sure to use cotton material as polyesters typically cannot withstand the heat and may melt.

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Steps:

  1. Neatly position the shirt on the table and fold once. This will make four layers of fabric.
  2. Place your hand over the folded shirt, spread your fingers and draw a bigger pattern around it. It is important to leave some space allowance for stuffing and easy wearing.
  3. Start sewing the hand pattern. It would yield a better result if you use a sewing machine.
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  5. Cut out the hand and do not throw away the clippings (small trimmings of cloth).
  6. Notice the four layers. Open in the middle and flip/reverse the glove.
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  8. After flipping the glove, open one layer, particularly the front (palm) part. Stuff with clippings and seal/sew both sides of the glove leaving only one opening, for your hand.
  9. Get a piece of the leftover clippings, roll and fold it. Attach to the side of the opening. This is used for easy hanging.
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  11. Hang in the kitchen and use whenever needed. Now it will be easier to hold hot pots with your fingers moving freely.
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