Country Kitchen Heart Shaped Oven Mitt | a Shabby Fabrics Sewing Tutorial

hi I'm Jennifer from shabby fabrics with the last of our country kitchen series look at these cute and useful oven mitts now does this just take you to a whole new factor this has a nice protective in so bright in it so you can use it to get things out of the oven and it won't bring your hands so I can't wait to show you how to make this now each one of the little hot pads here the oven mitts actually it takes four layer cakes a layer cake is ten by ten inch squares now Moga came up with the term layer cake and like I said they're nothing more than a 10 by 10 inch square the samples here were made with Ambleside by brenda riddle for Moda fabrics and here so here's one of those layer cakes right here they're just absolutely beautiful in the presentation is so lovely that I sometimes don't even want to take it apart because it's just so pretty to look at so this contains 42 squares so out of one layer cake you can make 10 10 10 of these little hearts oven mitts and what a great gift this is I would love love for someone to make me some of these because it's so practical and useful so Bota has a beautiful array of layer cakes other manufacturers also have the 10 by 10 inch squares Maywood studios has a beautiful selection Riley Blake has them Michael Miller has them really a lot of them most manufacturers now are offering them so that's great it gives us it gives us options as crafters so let's get started as I mentioned there's four layer cakes that you will need and again those are just 10 by 10 inch squares so if you don't have pre cuts don't worry just get your stash get four fabrics you really like that coordinate well together and cut those to 10 by 10 inches now let me show you where each of those will be used so that you can strategize where what fabrics you want to go where so of course one will be on the back one will be on the front one will be in the middle and then just inside these flaps there's a fourth one so you can decide or you want each of those now if because I've selected four then I want to mention as well notice there's the heart shape and then there's the flap shape on the bottom of the chevy fabrics homepage there's a link that says free patterns just click there and we will have the heart and then that half a heart there for you as well you can just print those out cut them out and make your oven mitts in no time so I'll put those aside for the moment now of the four layer cakes I mean I'm working with them in pairs this is going to be my flaps okay this will be the flap and the inside of the flap so those two will be cut to seven and a half by ten so let's go ahead and get that rotary cutter and we're going to cut that now do you do want to cut carefully because the piece that's left over which will be a two and a half by ten is used for the little binding along the flaps so that's not going to be discarded it will be used in the project so cut very carefully so let's get that rotary cutter and we'll get that seven and a half inch piece cut now while I'm at that so that's seven and a half by ten I'm going to go ahead and cut my binding strips one and a quarter inches by six inches long what that's being used for is um kind of a binding that goes right along this edge right here so we'll just cut those two six inches and those will be used later of course but I want to get all the fabric cut up front now you get two and I ended up cutting both pieces both the outside and the inside you're actually only going to be using the fabric that's on the outside so you could have just put this aside I cut them both but you're only going to be using of course the fabric that matches your flaps so I'll put those aside for now and we're not going to be using the flaps immediately so let's go ahead and put those out of the way until we are ready to use them now one other product that I want to encourage you to buy instead of just using ordinary batting there's a product called insel Brite and you can see the shiny on here and you can almost kind of hear it this is like it's like a batting on one side but it has a heat resistant treatment on the other side that's far superior than using just ordinary batting because it's going to keep the heat away from your hand so it helps ensure that you won't get burnt when you're using this so we bought the in so bright that's a very available product jo-ann's has that Hancock's has that and similarly we cut that to match this piece seven and a half by ten so that's the flaps and I'm going to put that aside for now the other two pieces are going to be the inside here and the back so we will bring those who are cutting mat and those will be cut to eight and a half by ten okay you will do the same out of two pieces of the inside right two and that's because if you think about that the flaps don't really need necessarily to have the in sub right because this is your handout out here it's this part right here that's toward that that cookies or whatever the casserole dish that's going to need that double layering so that's why there's two layers here and only one layer here and consequently if you didn't have a lot of the in so bright you could use just typical batting in here because again you're not really trying to protect your hand out here from the heat it's this part that's against the hot dish this is where you want the two layers of the insole bright which is also cut to the eight-and-a-half by ten now with this extra piece left over notice this cute little loop so we can hang that up in the kitchen pick whatever one you like if you like the gang or the other fabric you'll cut this to one and a half by four so let me cut that this way and it already is one and a half because that's what size was left over and we'll put that aside for now as well okay so now we're ready to move on let's first start with our let's first start with our flaps it's it's the most straightforward because you only have one piece of the Insel bright the first thing that you will do is with the fabric right side down and the insel bright and it could be this way or this way doesn't really matter because again on that portion of the mint here on this portion of the mitt you're not um necessarily trying to protect your hand from the heat it's only that portion of the mitt that's closest to the dish or the cookie sheet or whatever you're pulling out of the oven so doesn't matter if it's the shiny side up or the shiny side down just sandwich badge between those two layers like that now before we get too carried away what we're going to do is we're actually let me show you what this is going to look like this will help you visualize what what's next we're going to draw a grid of 1 inches these are like little white squares that we will draw on here and we will use this is why the friction pen is so fantastic don't worry you're drawn lines will absolutely come up so you will take the either one of these actually you could do that that those lines on and you only need to draw the lines on one of them so you'll just come over and this is where you don't really even care about the lines on your cutting mat you're going to use the edge of your fabric and you're just going to measure and draw the one and then where that drawn line is of course you put your ruler there and you will continue all the way across then you will turn course you have all your lines and then you will come back and then do the same down this side again all the way across until it looks like this grid can you can see that once that's all drawn in then you will take that fabric with the right side down and so bright or batting at this point bring in your top fabric I do strongly recommend that you pin all the way around this because we noticed that it did it it kind of wanted to shift if you have a walking foot this is the time to use it now what do I mean by a walking foot if you're not familiar with the term the the part of the sewing machine that pulls the fabric along is called the feed dogs and they only exist on the bottom that's that rough part that's kind of by your the throat plate cover here that kind of pulls the fabric along feed if you get a walking foot it has feed dogs on the top as well so that the theory is that it pulls the fabric through evenly versus the bottom being pulled through more aggressively than the top so we found a walking foot to be really handy in a scenario and definitely we pinned so we took that to the sewing machine with either the walking foot or if not that's not a big deal you just have to be a little more careful that it doesn't start scooting along and we just sew the grid in there and we sewed a nice tight um stitch so once we took that what we're going to take that to the sewing machine because nobody wants to see those drawn lines and this is my favorite part every time because I just love the friction pen because I think the technology is amazing that I can now just take this too I want you to get in here and see this see these lines now watch as I iron this is like a real-life magic trick this is not a joke it really does just disappear the other thing too about the friction pen is it also has an eraser so even if you use it on paper to just write with you can also erase with that so it's not just a marking tool for crafts you can truly write any race so you see how that's completely gone isn't that as cool as can be now what we'll do is with the pattern that you would have downloaded from the website you will take the pattern to the fabric and you'll place that on here and of course you're going to want to pin that so it's not shifting on you you're just going to pin this in place all the way around and you will cut right along the line don't add a seam allowance just cut right along the line so when I come back both this half will be cut and then I'll flip that over and I'll cut the other half and then I'll show you how to go to the next step so now that my flaps are cut out we'll put those aside let's go to our other piece this is the eight-and-a-half by 10 inch the two inch squares and then the two pieces of insel bruh so let me show you how we begin to layer that I want this to be my back this is going to be this part so that's going to be closest to the heat for that reason my in so bright the shiny side will be down now I'm going to put this down as well just to show you that you're always going to be putting that shiny side that reflective toward the back of your mitt and then this piece would come in now no however I this this is this part I'm going to take that and one layer of the insult right away now with the back once again we would I've done the sample ahead of time we would draw the 1-inch lines like we did before in our grid and notice this is the insel bright here took that too the sewing machine and just sewed those lines so once again let's go ahead my favorite trick and get rid of the drawn lines all gone and that piece now is ready to be cut into the heart so we would of course pin this and cut out our heart we will do the exact same with this piece of in sobriety and this again that's the inside portion you don't need to sew around or sew a grid or do anything one is just loosely stacked on the other in fact I would let's just do that one first because that one's less obvious let's just do that first so we'll just pin that and we will carefully so um cut them out together and do the same thing with our quilted fabric so when I come back we will have a heart out of this and a heart out of this and these two layers will not be attached to each other at this point so I have my two heart shapes cut out the backing and I also have the inside and then the end so bright as well let's put that aside for just a moment because now I'm going to close these little flaps with that binding strips so what we do for that is very straightforward we'll take this to our pressing mat and grow nice and warmed up we'll just going to turn that edge in oh gosh less than a quarter of an inch and we'll just iron do the same on the opposite side and then just fold it in half again and this is where you might want a little bit of sizing because you want that to be nice and crisp and not open up on you on this spray that was just a little bit and we'll repeat the same steps for the other one actually let me show you how we attach it to the one flap and then we'll repeat the whole sequence with the other flap there we go so you'll take this to your flap and of course that's open right there and you don't need to worry about this being a raw edge because that's going to be caught in the seam allowance so you're just going to put your your nice edge there inside your little binding see how that fits in there so nicely and you'll take that to the sewing machine nope it kind of wants to keep coming out of there I think a couple pins is a really good idea to keep that in there snug and you'll take that to the sewing machine and you're going to sew just outside of that edge right there and we'll repeat the same thing with the other flap when I come back I'll show you how to make the hanger for the the oven mitt and put the whole thing together we have our two flaps ready to go but as I mentioned before we need to use that little bit of that binding to enclose that raw edge so you'll take your one and a quarter inch by six inch strips and you'll fold them over just about a quarter of an inch if not slightly less if you like a nice crisp edge like I do you can use a little bit of sizing a little bit of starch is a great addition factor I'll use that on this side again fold the other side over so they're both going toward the middle that a quarter of an inch or just slightly under the quarter of an inch you see that there I'll show you what that looks like and then you'll just fold that in half again and this is really where I like to use a lot some sizing or starch just so I can have it nice and crisp and you will repeat that for the other one now I've done too ahead of time but I wanted to show you how I made those so that's what that's what it's going to look like right there so I will go ahead and put that aside I've made too ahead of time now I'm going to open this back up but I've got these nice lines you see those in there I can see exactly what I'm going to do now this distance from here to here is five and a half inches but if I cut this to five and a half it would end up being a little bit short because this is a quarter inch wide what I mean by that is this distance is longer this is six inches and this is only five and a half so you're going to have about a quarter of an inch hanging over on both sides that's what you want so I'm going to pin that in place so it doesn't shift and notice that's raw I'm sorry wrong right side to right side right there so you've got a little bit of fabric hanging over on both ends and that's what you want we'll go ahead and go to the sewing machine and we'll just stay together for that step and we're going to sew a quarter of an inch there that over and I'm going right along that track that first pressed line and I want to show you how that binding just kind of rolls over that edge it's really cool just really secure that edge well so now you can see that I've got that sewn on do you see this other line now you're going to very snugly fit this all the way around and doesn't that neat how it just kind of encloses that whole area now I know there's a little bit of binding up here and down here Rolston we will trim that away but the first thing we want to do is I'm going to pin this take this to the sewing machine and sew just inside that edge we'll repeat the same for the other flap and then we'll come back and we're going to trim this binding so that it just kind of continues the arc of the heart do the same at the bottom I want to show you how the binding now is on the flap and extending just a little bit above and beneath the heart what I'd like you to do is get your shape back out that you use to initially cut this out just put a couple pins right there and then what you'll do is trim that binding to be just right along that same shape because you can't I can't really see where your shape is because it's enclosed inside the binding so that's why I like to go back to the pattern piece see how that's just exactly right versus kind of trying to guess because if you don't have your heart just so it won't look right so let's do that one more time and then we'll show you how to make that hanger that holds that well let's trim that off right there and we'll trim that off right there all right okay so we're done with that for the moment now the hanger is really kind of made the same way we just did the binding and that again I'm gonna use a little bit of starch here or sizing I'm going to bring that edge in about a quarter of an inch and same over here and then fold it in half but unlike this one where we use it to sandwich something this will actually be will take to the sewing machine here momentarily and we'll just sew that edge closed there we go we'll just sew that that closed with a I don't know eighth of an inch something like that there we go now it's time to put the layers together this is always the fun part because all the work is now going to be pink you're going to see the your finish of admit here shortly so the layering we got to make sure we get the layer in correct or this won't turn out properly so this was the back okay so let's first thing that we're going to do and this is not intuitive so pay very careful attention to this this is the middle part so that's actually what's going to go down first you've got your in sub right you've got your heart that's the inside the next portion that will come is actually the flaps all right and you need to get everything lined up just as accurately as possible so don't rush this step you want everything to be lined up just so all right like that and then the back will actually which will actually go on top that's not very intuitive I know now that the right side of the fabric will go like this you need to pin this little sandwich very well because if something shifts you're going to have a problem now I almost forgot my little hanger here so we want the loop to be inside in fact I might even press that a little bit just so I don't have as much of a bump let me just do that real quick okay so that's going to be sandwiched where this pot decided where you want it looks like it's kind of enough after you make most of that turn maybe about like that we'll go ahead you know what let's even let that stick out a little bit so that way we know it's in there versus if you don't see that you could it might dive down underneath so let's have that stick out just a little bit we can ways trim that off later so now with this same I want you to pin pin pin very close together all of those layers so when I come back what we're going to do I'm going to pin all the layers all the way through you're going to sew at least a quarter of an inch maybe even slightly more all the way around but on this straightaway I want you to leave at least a good three to four inch opening because that's a lot of bulk you're turning through and when I've made the first one it was not good it was so thick I had like a two inch opening I couldn't even turn it out so I had to rip it open a little bit so leave at least a three inch opening so again pin pin pin everything's all sandwich stack top to bottom so your quarter inch if not slightly bigger all the way around stop back up reinforce come again maybe about here start again reinforce and then you will turn it right-side out and I'll show you how to close the opening I've sewn around the heart sandwich I'll call it at this point what makes turning easier especially in little valleys like that is just come in and do snip in slightly now be careful you don't snip the very threads you just spent a great deal of time stitching in we're just kind of coming in through the curve and in that valley and creating a little bit of relief so that when you turn the oven mitt back right side out it's a little bit smoother it has a smoother finish so let me just sniffing a little bit more over here and consequently I went ahead and the little pot holder hanger I just trimmed that away as well okay so the snip in as much as you like so we've got our hearts nipped and ready to turn out now let me show you something if you peek inside my little heart sandwich here you see that's in the flaps and that's the backing if you move that over you're going to see another fabric combination it's possible and I've already done this when I turn this out the first time when I turn it out I saw a fabric everything looked great except I had no hanger that's because it's on this side so if you turn your heart right-side out and you don't see the hanger you just need to it's the other section so because that's where our flaps are we're going to turn that through there and we'll be ready to finish this up here in no time now you're going to see that little flap don't worry that's normal so just like anything it just takes a little bit of effort to turn it through so I'll continue turning this and then when I have it completely turned out I will go and press it and then I'll show you how we'll finish this up we'll actually whip stitch the opening closed so I've got my hot pan turned right side out I've got my hanger so we're everything's looking great now we've got this opening so you will use needle and thread whatever seam allowance you used here if that was quarter of an inch you'll just turn this a quarter of an inch and press and do the same with the flap and the interior portion again you'll just sew the quarter of or press the quarter of an inch and then you'll want to pin this area here definitely bulky um so you'll just want to get in there and pin as best you can and then you'll just come in with needle and thread and you'll want to take several small stitches so with a whip stitch you know you can come in on the inside to hide the knot and you're just going over and over / until the whole opening is closed and then you'll just tie a knot and then your potholder will be complete so I hope you've enjoyed the country kitchen series we have more serious plans so be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel you


  1. Linda Wasko

    I love these. Wanted to make them to match a kitchen aide mixer cover, but can no longer get the pattern.
    Zero results when I put in the pattern name….😢😢😢😢

  2. Melissa Turner

    What am I doing wrong on these videos? I click the link to take me to the free pattern, but it just takes me to the home page and when I try to use the search option, nothing comes up.

  3. Laurel Graham

    Thank goodness, found a link to the Heart Shape for the Heart Oven Mitt (below under Louise Petit's comment). Time goes by and things disappear. I just love your tutorials with their precision and detail, and I learn so much. Tip: Walmart sells the FriXion pens now.

  4. Noneof Yourbusiness

    Love the frixon pens also but……keep in mind if your sewn project will be exposed to freezing weather. I live in Minnesota where it can get to minus 20 Fahrenheit and was making a car seat poncho for great granddaughter. I was using the frixon pen to mark it when I remembered that the marks all come back when exposed to cold. Try it in your freezer. So, most things these are great for and I still use them but not if it’s gonna be in freezing temps.

  5. dianna cook

    no matter how I try to get a copy of this so called free pattern I can not get to it from here or the link of shabby fabric. so sad. I wanted to make some for Christmas gifts.

  6. Sally Semrau

    I really dont like this layer cakes, charm packs etc. My reasoning is because of what you also said. They are just adorable so they sit on the shelf and dont get used. Secondly, if I really like a few of the fabrics, that is all you have of it. Whereas I would rather have 3 yards for example. Finally I dont find it convenient because if you make a mistake in cutting- that piece is done. I agree they are so adorable though. Thanks for sharing.

  7. Mariette Forget

    Hi Jennifer and thanks a lot for your tutorials ( so well prepared ) and generosity in sharing your expertise. This series is lovely and very useful. I always love your combinations of fabrics! Have a great day! 😎🌸

  8. Monica Holden

    Where did you get that adorable pink machine? I want to get one for my adult daughter for her birthday. Her favorite color I'd pink. I'm teaching her to quilt after 30 years of not wanting to know how. I'm so very excited to pass this on. Please let me know asap. Love your tutorials. You are a blessing and an inspiration

  9. Jo Ann McCraw

    I love the Heart-Potholder and the way you explain how to make it is very clear and easy to understand.  But, I like the extra protection of the insulbrite on the flaps also.  Many times we use the broiler to brown the top of our dishes.  When removing these, our hands can get very close to the heat of the element (even if it has been turned off) causing bad burns or catching fire.


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