Something in Red: New Oven Mitts

Are these not the cutest oven mitts you’ve ever seen?

Last month, while visiting my twin sister Diane, we were commiserating on the sad state of our oven mitts. We have the same ones — we bought them years ago when we were together in a kitchen shop. They’re in pretty bad shape but they’re the best-fitting oven mitts we’ve ever found so we’ve just hung on to them. (The ones in the stores today are too darn big. I suppose they’re meant to be one-size-fits-all but I swear they’re made for ham-fisted cooks and chefs.)

I resolved to make a pair of oven mitts for Diane when I got back home as a thank-you gift for the marvelous hospitality she and her husband Ed bestowed on the Dear Husband and me over the two-plus weeks we spent with them at their home in Georgia over Thanksgiving. I finished the mitts last week and popped them in the mail. Since then I’ve been waiting (im)patiently for Diane to receive the mitts so I could show them to you. They arrived today — finally!

Diane’s kitchen has accents of red so I chose this darling Michael Miller print that’s been in my stash for a few years. I traced around my old oven mitt to make a pattern out of freezer paper:

I looked at several tutorials online and combined what I thought to be the best features. Interestingly, the patterns that accompanied the tutorials also make oversize mitts. I like the lines and fit of mine so much better!

Diane started her holiday baking today — that’s Ina Garten’s recipe for Salty Oatmeal Chocolate Chunk Cookies on the cookbook holder — so her new oven mitts have already been put to the test:




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18 Responses to Something in Red: New Oven Mitts

  1. Shirley Weissenfluh says:

    You are so talented and love the gloves. Am sure that is a useful and welcome gift.

  2. Vickie Rooks says:

    Great job! Maybe you could make a few more for both of you so you have back-ups when the oven mitts need to be laundered.

  3. Karen Friedrichs says:

    They are darling. Every kitchen deserves new oven mitts and potholders this year!

  4. Joyce Kelly says:

    So cute!
    Are you going to share the pattern?

  5. Venita Davis says:

    The gloves are so cute! Must say, I ditto Joyce’s request. I’ve made lots of pot holders as gifts, but not mitts due to the same size challenges discussed in your post.

    Enjoy your holidays!

  6. Sandy says:

    Those turned out so cute. Maybe one of these days you’ll share your pattern with me. It’s so wonderful how much fun you and your sister have together. Merry Christmas to you and “the husband.”

  7. Arden says:

    I would go for oven mitts that fit. Most now are humongous and make the cook very clumsy! Thanks in advance…..

  8. Kristi says:

    Those are very cute oven mitts, Dawn. They match the darling recipe file too! And the red mixer. (BTW, it must be interesting for your sister and BIL to be living in Georgia right now.)

    • Dawn says:

      Hi Kristi. That recipe file! I love it. It’s vintage — belonged to our mother. (How did Diane wind up with it?!)

      And yes — all eyes on the Georgia senatorial runoff . . .

  9. Diane says:

    Hooray! Mitts that fit and are as cute as can be. Yet another amazing Dawn creation for my home. I am a very lucky sister! Love you to bits Nubs. TYSM.

  10. Char says:

    Love them!

  11. Suzette Shoulders says:

    What a wonderful hostess gift for a perfect hostess! I, too, have oven mitts that fit perfectly! A daughter gave me an over-sized silicone one, and I simply didn’t have a space for it, nor did I like the feel of it! I will use these until they wear out…. and they HAVE gotten a lot of use in 2020, for sure! And after they wear out, they will give me a pattern for the next pair. I own Insulate for hot-pads, did you put that inside the oven mitts? Christmas Hygge, Suzette in Bend

    • Dawn says:

      Hi Suzette. My mitts have a layer of Insulbrite and a layer of 100% cotton batting. Plus I used that silver ironing board fabric for the lining (inside of mitt).

  12. Suzette Shoulders says:

    Oh, I bet I had the name of that stuff wrong, or else it got spell-checked! I think it is great stuff for hot pads, having burned fingers with store-bought hot pads in my life! Now I use the oven mitts all the time instead. So cute! I am thinking how dear they would be in a violet floral print I have, for my friend with the February birthday…IF I get to that sort of thing, I am having trouble keeping up with the cooking each day and a little bit of housework, weird as that is. Christmas hugs, Suzette

  13. Reigh says:

    Loving these mitts! Custom made with love….very special.

  14. Shirley says:

    What a nice surprise to receive a pair of green oven mitts for St Patrick’s Day. Love them and enjoy the size!!! Thank you, Dawn, for thinking of me.

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