Oven Mitts and Hot Pads Tutorial

Posted by ErinD on Monday, April 29th, 2013

Hi all!

My name is Erin Davis, and I blog over at Sew at Home Mummy.  Today I'll be sharing a tutorial for DIY oven mitts and matching hot pads! This is a great way to spruce up and accessorize your kitchen with everyday must-haves. The hot pads are a great way to use up any scrap strips you may have kickin' around!

Before we start, you'll need to download and print my pattern for the oven mitts here.

A note on using Insulbright: Insulbright has two distinctive sides to it - one side is much shinier or more metalic looking than the other; this shiny or metalic looking side is the side you want facing the heat source.

Course Supplies:

  • Oven mitt pattern (link above)
  • 100% cotton quilting thread - don't use polyester threads
  • 1 craft pack of Insulbright Batting, sold in the batting section of your quilt shop or fabric store
  • 1 craft pack of 100% cotton batting
  • 3/4 yard primary fabric; I used Serenata Main Blue (C3260-BLUE)
  • 3/4 yard inside fabric; I used Basic Solids "Lagoon" (C100-35)
  • About 3/4 yard of complementing solids; I used:
    • 1/4 yards of Basic Solids Pina Colada (C100-03) [binding color]
    • 1/4 yards of Basic Solids DAFFODIL  (C100-64)
    • 1/4 yards of Basic Shades Slate (C200-10)

Oven Mitts


  • Pattern Fabric: 4 rectangles 16.5" x 10.5"
  • Solid Fabric (interior): 4 rectangles 16.5" x 10.5"
  • Binding & tag: 2strips x WOF x 2.25"
  • Batting: 4 rectangles 16.5" x 10.5"
  • Insulbright: 4 rectangles 16.5" x 10.5"


1. Layer and pin baste in the following order (picture for reference below):
- interior fabric, right side DOWN
- 100% cotton batting
- Insulbright, metalic side UP
- exterior/patterned fabric, right side UP.

2. Prepare Binding & tags.
- you will need approximately 40" of binding for the cuff of the mitts. Up to you whether you use/make double fold or single fold binding.
- for the tags, fold a 10" piece of 2.25" strip in half; press.
- open strip and fold each long side to the fold mark and press (creating double-fold binding). Starch.

- stitch a long seam down the middle of your strip (excuse the marker in the picture, my camera wouldn't focus on the strip).

- cut 10" piece into 2 x 5" pieces; fold each piece in half and sew across the bottoms, backstitching. Set aside.

3. Quilt layered pieces as desired using 100% cotton thread. You will definitely need an even-feed or walking foot for this step. I chose to use a wave-type stitch, but you could use a straight-line or cross-hatch pattern; anything goes! Have fun with it.

4. From quilted rectangles, cut:
- 2 from oven mitt template/pattern placed RIGHT SIDE UP on top fabric
- 2 from oven mitt template/pattern placed WRONG SIDE UP on top fabric

5. Zig-zag stitch along the outside of each mitt piece to finish edges.

6. Matching raw edges, attach strips of binding using 1/4" seam to each of the cuff-ends of the 4 mitt pieces, leaving about a 1/2" overhang on each end, back-stitching at each end.

7. Fold binding over edge. Pin and sew (using stitch-in-ditch method).

8. Trim binding to even edges; zig-zag binding ends.

9. Pin mitts right-sides together, inserting the tags you made above in the side seam. (It's up to you whether you put the tag in the outside or inside seam of the mitt; if you look at my pictures, I put a tag on each side so that you can see in advance what look/side you would prefer). Sew using a 1/4" seam. Clip curves where necessary.

10. Turn and press. You may need to use chopstick (or your chosen tool - I use a Dollar Store craft paint brush handle) to poke out the thumb and curved edges.


 (you choose: tag on outside of mitt or thumb side of mitt - see both options above)

Hot Pads


  • Backside Fabric (Serenata Main Blue): 2 x 10" square pieces
  • 100% Cotton Batting: 2  x 10" squares
  • Insulbright: 2 x 10" squares
  • Designer fabric (Serenata Main Blue): 2 x 5" squares (fussy cut)
  • Contrasting fabrics (RBD Daffodil, Slate, Pina Colada, Lagoon): several 1.5" strips


Piecing the pad tops:
1. Add strips around the inside square using a 1/4" seam. Have fun with it - there are no rules! Your final top piece you're creating should come out to at least 10" square.

(Just keep adding strips, make it straight, make it wonky, whatever works! Add strips until each block is 10" square or larger).

2. Layer and pin baste in the following order:
- backing fabric, right side DOWN
- 100% cotton batting
- Insulbright, metalic side UP
- pieced top, right side UP.

3. Quilt as desired, using walking or even-feed foot and 100% cotton thread.

4. Time to wonky trim! Get crazy. Trim your pads down to about 8" - 8.5" square. HAVE FUN!! My hot pads in the picture below are a bit wet - I was removing the water-soluble marker I used for my quilting lines.

5. Prepare and attach binding using left over strip fabrics and your preferred binding technique.

You're done! Time to enjoy those new kitchen accessories you just created!


Category: Home Decor


  1. Thank you for this tutorial. I have small hands and those mits where you put your hand in the middle and then they fold up - they don't work for me. I can adjust this pattern to fit my hand. And I just ordered fabric to make new curtains - perfect! Thank you again!
    by Eva Lyn
    May 13th, 2013 at 8:05 a.m.
  2. This is a terrific and super easy tutorial! I just finished the first mitt of a pair, using "Green Eggs and Ham" fabric to match my daughter's bright green kitchen. The hardest part of this project was turning the mitt right side out!! ;-)
    by Lonormi Manuel
    January 04th, 2014 at 2:47 p.m.
  3. Thank you! I love to make Christmas gifts for my family. I had to double check I was thinking right making these! I found some cute pepper print fabric and other food prints perfect for kitchen! I can't wait to pass them out!
    by Jax M.
    November 05th, 2015 at 8:31 a.m.

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