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Oven mitts are a must-have for the kitchen if you are one who uses the oven. But besides the obvious uses of oven mitts, there are other uses for them. 🙂

Cleaning car or motorcycle
A great way to reuse old mitts! Keep one in your car boot or motorbike box. They come in handy when you just need to do abit of polishing or cleaning here or there. And if the engine is piping hot, use it to protect your hand.

Dusting and polishing
I find them really great when I want to apply oil or some varnish to my furniture, then the clean side can be use for buffing them.

Hand protection
Sometimes we need to screw some loose screws or the like but the parts could be sharp or irregularly-shaped so it is uncomfortable to hold. Having a mitt helps to protect your hands so you can get the job done comfortably!

Durian lovers!
C’mon… as much as those of us who love the fruit, the thorny fruit does get us at times. The mitt would definitely help shield our delicate fingers against its thorns. No fear!

Hah… now that I got the not-so-obvious uses of an oven mitt out of the way.

I love it that like cushion covers, oven mitts help to add ‘life’ into the kitchen. And when you tire of it, you can always make new ones to change the mood again. Before I attempted this sewing project, I had the idea that it is sooooo simple and quick to make.  Err… as much as it appears to be some simple, I still spent about 3-4 hours. I’m sure I took that long because I’m doing this for the first time.

I started googling for some inspiration and tutorials. There is a plethora of online tutorials out there so just google. But to start you off, here’s one which I worked off but modified slightly. Here’s a document of how I made mine.

Material needed: Inner and outer lining fabric, Insul-Bright and Natural Cotton batting. I bought the latter two from Spotlight.

Material needed: Inner and outer lining fabric, Insul-Bright and Natural Cotton batting. I bought the latter two from Spotlight. First two patterned fabrics on picture are available from www.gooodfabrics.com

Fabric all cut into shape.

Fabric all cut into shape.

Sew along dotted lines. This helps to keep all the fabric in place. You can create any kind of sewing lines here.

Sew along dotted lines. This helps to keep all the fabric in place. You can create any kind of sewing lines here, so u can get creative.

Outer lining facing each other before I start sewing along the edge of the template.

Outer lining facing each other before I start sewing along the edge of the template.

Sewing the loop for attaching to the oven mitt so I can hang it in the kitchen.

Sewing the loop for attaching to the oven mitt so I can hang it in the kitchen.

Prepping the edge where it lines the opening of the mitt.

Prepping the edge where it lines the opening of the mitt.

Cut the edges on the rounded corners to ease the folding over and reduce bunching up of fabric.

Cut the edges on the rounded corners to ease the folding over and reduce bunching up of fabric.

FInished product!

FInished product! I wasn’t most skilled and not too happy with the sewing of the polka dot fabric. Oh well, I’ll practice more! But for now, I get smiley whenever I walk past my kitchen and see the oven mitt hanging there. It does add a splash of life to my otherwise really white kitchen.

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