Thursday, April 21, 2011

MAN CRAFTS: Reversible Brewing Mitt Tutorial

First, let me remind you to stop by again, Saturday, the day after EARTH DAY, for an important message and GIVEAWAY!!!

My husband brews beer.  He just finished his third batch, and he is loving it.  But, he keeps spilling beer on our oven mitts.  Sewing machine to the rescue!!!
The boys brewing beer.  With the kitchen mitts.  The one in the flannel is mine (boy, not mitt).
First step: Make the Pattern.  This one is easy.  Trace a mitten pattern around your hand. 
 Then, draw around it in the shape of an oven mitt, remembering to leave room for seam allowances and the bulk of your batting/insul-bright.
 I used a pre-quilted cotton blend for one side of the mitt, and some regular cotton print for the other side.  I also cut a smaller version of the mitt in insul-bright.  Remember; cut two of each fabric.
 I then sewed the quilted fabric and the cotton, right sides together.  I sewed up one side of the mitt, around and down the other side.  I left the bottom open.  This is very important.  If you sew all the way around, you won't be able to turn it right-side out, and basically you will have a craft fail.
Here's where I started spacing out on taking pictures, but I will try to explain.  So I turned both right-side out and ironed the seams out.  But then, I turned the cotton fabric back wrong side out and stuffed it inside the quilted mitt, so that there would be a mitt inside the mitt, with the wrong sides facing each other.  then, on each side of the mitt, slide in your insul-bright!  And the bottom of your mitt will look like this:

Of course, you do not want your finished product looking like this.  So what do you do?  You grab my favorite thing: bias tape!  Wrap it around the bottom, topstitch, and voila!  You are done.  This project took half an hour, tops, and is a wonderful solution for the beer-soaked potholder situation.

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