As part of an ongoing effort to work through all of my crafty project pins over on Pinterest, I made myself an oven mitt. I used this tutorial from Jennifer at Sew Hooked. I’m really picky about my oven mitts and have such a hard time finding ones that fit, feel right, and are pretty. I like to feel that I still have control of my hand with the mitt on. Making my own mitts seemed to be the way to go.
I did modify this just a bit. The tutorial called for using glue stick on the fabric layers before quilting. I pinned and basted. My glue stick is dried up and even if it wasn’t I still would have pinned and basted. I know my limitations when it comes to sewing pieces of fabric together and I need lots of pins and other reinforcements! The pattern seemed a little large, so I did a 5/8 seam instead of 1/4 inch. I probably could have used the 1/4 inch. Once you turn it right side out, it’s a lot smaller than it looks. It fits well though.
I also added a contrasting cuff just because. It’s not quite done. I have some basting stitches I need to remove, but can’t find my seam ripper. I have developed a very annoying habit lately of not putting things away where they belong. I then spend WAY too much time looking for them! The final touch to the mitt will be a bit of crochet edging around that cuff.
I’ve got to come up with a different solution for my sewing machine. Because I don’t want to mess up my dining room table, I just stand at my work table to sew. This is a very, very bad idea. My back is killing me now.
What do you think of that old sewing machine? I bought it when I was pregnant with my first child, 30 years ago, to sew his layette. Sometimes I think I’d like one of those fancy new machines, but this thing works just fine for the little sewing jobs I do. That sounded really old; I might as well have said, “one of them there new fangled contraptions.”
What’s on your crafty to-do list?