Sew your own oven gloves- sewing tutorial

Hi all!!! Today’s post is yet another scrap buster project that is quick and easy!

I will show you how to make your own oven gloves, which you can use in the kitchen while making a delicious meal or gift it to someone if you already have a pair.

There are many free oven gloves patterns that you can download, I used a pattern from a book “The hand-stitched flower garden” by Yuki Sugashima….a little random you may think, but this year I wanted to learn hand embroidery and I purchased this little book, which I was told is great for a beginners like me. It includes 20 small projects that you can decorate with 45 beautiful floral designs and one of them includes a pattern for a oven gloves which is fantastic.

Sewing instruction

Once you find the pattern that you like, cut 2 pieces out of the main fabric, 2 pieces of a lining fabric and 2 pieces of a heat resistant fabric such as Insul-Bright ( I purchased a meter of the eBay few years ago, so had some leftovers) plus a 4 cm by 10 cm rectangle for a loop for each glove that you want to make. As expected this will get in contact with a heat so it is best here to avoid synthetic materials as they may melt under the high temperature. I went through my scrap basket and found a fat quarters of a cotton fabric in various colors.


If this is the first time you are using a heat resistant fabric the only thing you need to remember is that the silver and shiny side of the material is a side which will bounce heat back to it’s source protecting you from the temperature.

To start you place the wrong side of the main fabric on top of the shiny side of the heat resistant material and stitch it in place. I drew 1 inch squares as a guidelines and stitched it in place.



Next, make a loop and attach it to the side around 2-3 cm away from the top edge.


Place patterns of main fabric right sides together and stitch around with your allocated seam allowance.


Take lining pieces and with right sides together sew it around the edges in the same way as in previous step.


Trim the seam allowance to around 5-7mm and clip it close to the stitch line.


Turn only the main body to the right side and insert the lining matching the side seams together.

Pin it in place and sew it in place using a long straight or zigzag stitch, that will be covered later.

To finish the raw edge take a bias binding and starting at a side sew it all around following a creased line.

For a clean finish is best to start sewing the bias binding by folding the edge of a tape inside. This will stop any unravelling in the future.

Next, simply turn the bias binding over the raw edge and top stitch it.

And now it is time to enjoy your new oven gloves by making some cookies or cupcakes….at least this is what I want to do.

I have some more of that fabric left so decided to do a matching hot pot holders too. Coming next….

~have fun baking/cooking and let me know what you made~

Monika xxx

Hand painted eye masks

Happy Easter !!! Hope you are having a well deserved break and enjoy yourselves!

I started my Easter weekend hand painting  some eye masks for my partner which I had promised to do a while back, but as always am too selfish as I would rather make something for myself. With having a long weekend off from work I thought I should have enough time to do both.

This is not a first time that I am sewing eye mask and I can honestly say that it is a quick and easy make that can be customized in so many different ways. Every time I make one I try to decorate it using different and new to me techniques to see what I like better.

This time I decided to hand paint each eye mask with a different set of eyes of some manga/anime characters that my partner is a big fan of.  I will not bore you too much about the details, but in case if you are interested and want to know where the inspiration is from I will mention it at the end.

Step by step tutorial

I had drafted this pattern based on my partner’s feedback. He likes to have a bigger eye mask then typically can be found in a shop. You can draft it yourself or use a ready pattern if you already have one.

This is a small project, hence it is best to use any fabric scraps that you may have in your stash which are otherwise too small for anything else.

I found enough white and brown cotton fabric in my scrap basket so I can make 3 eye masks. Natural fiber materials such as cotton are the best for dyeing and hand painting. But if you are going to skip this step then any fabric should be fine.

You need to cut two pattern pieces, one that will be a front-visible side, and one that will be a back- lining. I would  make sure to pick the softest fabric as a lining because it gets in contact with your face and you want it to be comfortable.


I like to drew my picture straight on the pattern to give me an idea of how the completed version will look like.


Using carbon paper transfer desired design onto a facing fabric if like me you are bad at drawing and color it with a fabric pen or a paint. I like to use Dylon fabric paint because it is durable, does not fade and is available in many colors.



When your paint is dry you can begin sewing your eye mask.

I like to make my eye mask nice, soft and squashy so will add a piece of batting to the mix.


Sandwich the batting between the two layers of fabric and pin in place to reduce fabric shifting.


Baste throughout all layers around the edges within your seam allowance.


Attach elastic or a ribbon at the sides on the back.


Starting at a side stitch a bias tape all around the mask on top of the creased line. Tip: fold the beginning of the tape inside to stop it from shedding with time and finish stitching on top of it for a clean finish.


Fold over the bias tape to the other side and baste it in place. Trim seam allowance in case if you see the first stitching line.


Top-stitch or hand stitch the tape in place. Give it a last final press and you are done!





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Ryuk from Death Note






Naruto Uzumaki doing a hand sign while there is a scroll in his mouth.











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Brook from One Piece