I’ve been wanting to make the oven mitt from Denyse Schmidt’s book ever since I saw all of these fantastic ones on the DS Flickr Group. I started by piecing together the FABULOUS scraps from Amy’s parcel to create fabric sheets. I used one layer of Warm & Natural batting and one layer of Insul-Brite.
I waited until today to post this because I tested the Insul-Brite’s heat reflecting capacity with last night’s dinner. I made this easy and absolutely delicious crab recipe (first one in the article) which required my oven to be at 500 degrees. The potholders did a fine job. I think one more layer of regular batting, which is what Insul-Brite suggests, would have kept my hands from feeling any heat. I just don’t think my sewing machine could handle another layer (x 2 when joining the front to back) so I plan to experiment with single layer potholders instead of mitts.
I made the first mitt using the DS pattern. Since I don’t have hobbitt hands I decided to use an existing mitt I like as the pattern for the second, larger potholder. It fits my large, beautiful hands just perfect.
I also save all of my left over binding strips from quilts I make. This is the first time I’ve used them so I was quite pleased with myself for saving them (translated as: I can now rationalize saving any and all bits of sewing leftovers since I’ve proven that sometimes we do find good uses for these things). Below are a couple of pictures of how I attached the binding to the edge of the mitt.