It had been more than a month since I did any sewing. Lack of time plus the messiest sewing room ever were keeping me from feeling inspired. But I decided an oven mitt (small! easy! plus we really, really need it!) would be a good project to break the no-sew streak with.
|the quilted-with-straight-lines side|
I've made hot pads before, but they were, in all honesty, kind of wimpy. Not the sort of thing that can stand up to carrying a hot cast iron skillet across the kitchen. But for the oven mitt, I was wielding a new secret weapon: Insul-bright! I read about this stuff somewhere years ago and had picked up a package sometime last year. It was finally time to break it out and protect my hands from burnage.
|the fun quilted-all-crazy-like side|
I used the pattern from Simple Sewing, but I didn't follow the instructions for assembly because I didn't want all those zig-zagged edges free on the inside of the mitt. So I quilted the outer fabric, the Insul-bright, and the batting together. Then I placed my two quilted pieces together with right sides facing and sewed them together. Then I turned that part right-side out. I cut my lining fabric pieces with extra length at the wrist opening end (about two inches). Then I sewed them together. Then I just tucked the lining up into the outer mitt and folded the extra fabric up of the lining up over the raw edge of the outer mitt and hand-stitched it down, so all the edges inside and out are completely finished.
|action shot! woohoo! please try to ignore the dirty oven|
So far, so good. But it has only been tested against cookie sheets so far. I'll let you know how it holds up with the hot cast iron.