Embroidery Library

Embroidered Oven Mitts

Whether it's a loaf of bread, a Thanksgiving turkey, a birthday cake, or a rack of ribs on the grill, oven mitts are a must for any baker, chef, or griller.

Create beautifully embroidered oven mitts to match any kitchen decor with this simple pattern. Make a set for yourself, and give as a gift to those on your "nice" list.

Supplies needed:

** 1/4 yard quilted, heat-resistant ironing board fabric
** 1/4 yard quilted 100% cotton fabric
** 1/2 yard 100% cotton flannel (for lining)
** 1/4 yard Insul-Bright needled insulated lining

** 3 yards Double Wide Bias Tape (1/2 inch wide)
** Cut-away stabilizer
** Spray adhesive
** Air-erase pen or colored pencil
** Masking tape

Designs Used:
Wheat and Cranberries Feature - Sm
Give Us This Day Our Daily Bread - Sm


First, click here to open a .pdf of the mitt pattern.

The mitt pattern is split into two sections, which will print on two pieces of paper.


Cut out the two sections.

Align the two sections of the pattern as instructed on the printouts, and tape them together.

Label the printed side, "right mitt."

Flip the pattern over, and mark the back "left mitt."

Labeling the pattern in this way will aid in marking and cutting the fabrics later.

Now, prepare the quilted fabric for the embroidery designs by marking it.

Note: It is important to use 100% cotton fabric when making oven mitts, because cotton can withstand heat. Synthetic fabrics, like polyester, may melt when exposed to high heat.

Lay the quilted fabric right side up with the right mitt side of the pattern on top. When marking on all of the fabrics in this project, pin the pattern in place, so it will not shift.

Trace the pattern. We used a white-colored pencil for tracing because we chose a dark fabric.

Flip the pattern to the left mitt side, and trace the shape on the fabric again.

Next, print full-size templates of the designs, using embroidery software. To make the designs easier to work with, trim some of the excess paper from around them.

We are planning to embroider a design in the exact center of the mitts.

To find the center, measure the height and divide by two. Lay down a small piece of masking tape and make a mark. Measure the width and divide by two, and make another mark.

Next, lay down long horizontal and vertical pieces of tape out from the center point, as shown here.

Poke a hole in the center of the design template, and align it with the center point on the masking tape.

You will need to "eyeball" the design and rotate it a bit to position it where you would like it to be.

Once the template is positioned, tape it in place. Mark the horizontal and vertical axis lines from the template onto the tape.

Remove the template and draw lines on the tape connecting the marks you just made. These lines will be used for hooping and positioning the second design.

We are positioning the second design one inch below the center design. Poke a hole in the center of the second design template, align it on the existing vertical axis line, and mark the center.

Add long pieces of tape under the horizontal axis lines on the template.

Mark the horizontal axis points on the tape.

Remove the template, and draw the horizontal axis line on the tape by connecting the points.

We are embroidering the same designs in the same place on the left mitt. Use the templates to mark the left-hand mitt by repeating the steps for design placement. 

We'll start embroidering with the center design of the right-hand mitt.

Spray one piece of cut-away stabilizer with adhesive, and hoop the stabilizer with the fabric.

Align the lines on the masking tape with the marks on the hoop.

Attach the hoop to the machine, load the design, and align the needle directly over the center point. Then, peel the masking tape back, and embroider the design.

When the first design has finished sewing, remove it from the machine and unhoop the fabric. Hoop the second design (with cut-away stabilizer as you did with the first design)
by aligning the lines on the tape with the alignment marks on the hoop.

You may find that the embroidery you just stitched out is pressed in the hoop, but that is okay -- it won't distort the stitches.

Attach the hoop to the machine, load the design, and align the needle directly over the center point. Peel back the tape, and embroider the  second design.

Embroider the left-hand mitt just like you did the right-hand mitt.

When the embroidery has finished, unhoop the design, and carefully trim away the excess stabilizer.

Cut out the right and left hand mitt pieces you've just embroidered.

Next, mark and cut the other fabrics.

We are using a quilted ironing board fabric for the palm side of the mitts. The outer shell of this fabric is made of 100% cotton, with an aluminized silver coating. The inner batting is 100% cotton as well.

Lay the quilted ironing board fabric wrong side up, and trace the right mitt side of the pattern.

Mark the left mitt side as well.

Cut out the shapes.

Trace the right and left mitt patterns on the insulated lining, and cut out the shapes.

Next, lay the flannel fabric right side up, trace the right and left mitt sides and cut out the shapes.

Then lay the flannel wrong side up. Trace the right and left mitt patterns, and cut out the shapes.

It's time to assemble the mitts!

First, lay the thermal fabric right side up.

Lay the embroidered fabric, wrong side up, on top of the thermal fabric.

Finally, lay the insulated lining on top of the embroidered fabric, and pin the layers together.

Sew the layers together using a zigzag stitch. Sew in about 1/8 inch from the edge to ensure that all the layers get sewn together. Stitch around the mitt, excluding the bottom edge --which will be the hand opening.

Turn the mitts right side out.

Next, create a liner for the mitt by sewing the flannel pieces together.

Lay the flannel pieces right sides together and pin in place.

Sew a 1/4 inch seam around the liner, excluding the hand opening at the bottom edge.

Trim the excess fabric around the edge of the liner.

Slip the liner onto your hand...

...slide it into the mitt, pushing your hand to the very end of the mitt and the thumb section. Then, carefully remove your hand from the mitt.

Meet the edges of the liner and the mitt and zigzag stitch  them together by sewing along the bottom edges.

Last, we will finish the bottom edges with bias tape. Measure and mark a 12 inch strip of bias tape. Mark at the 6-1/2 inch point as well.

Do not cut the strip just yet. We are going to create a loop for hanging the mitt.

To create a loop in the bias tape, sew a seam along the edge of the tape, between the 6-1/2 inch mark and the
12 inch mark.

Then, bring the two marks together to create the loop. Sew the strip together at the marks.

Add the loop in the tape to the lower seam on the mitt. Wrap the tape around the bottom edges and pin into place.

Sew the tape in place by sewing along the inner edge of the tape. Sew all around the edge of the opening. When you reach the point where you started the tape, cut the tape so that the end overlaps about 1/4 inch, and finish stitching.


And there you have it! A beautiful and functional addition to your kitchen and decor.

Click here for a printable version of these project instructions.

You'll need to have Adobe Acrobat Reader installed on your computer. If you don't have it, you can download a free copy by clicking on the icon below.

Get Acrobat Reader  


Products used in this Project:

Give Us This Day Our Daily Bread $3.99 - $4.99

Available in 2 Sizes:

6.85" x 4.86" | 3.85" x 2.73"

Cranberries and Wheat $3.99 - $4.99

Available in 2 Sizes:

6.86" x 4.81" | 3.85" x 2.70"