Combat Kitchen Linen Fatigue
My kitchen was looking drab. I haven’t replaced any kitchen linens in years, and frankly my oven mitts and tea towels were a bit on the embarrassing side. I’m going to show you a picture, and you’ll know why these items have not previously appeared in any posts!!
Yech. Horrible! Don’t laugh. It could happen to anyone.
I get these ideas…
They poke at me, pester me, and generally make a nuisance of themselves until I do something about it. Once the kitchen linens were on my radar, the results were inevitable. It had to be done. So I turned up some Gimme Gimmes and got to it.
I’ve been doing quite a bit of sewing lately, and the two ideas began to intersect at the back of my mind.
I rummaged through my stack (- ok – it’s a closet – I keep everything!) of unwearable clothing, old towels & sheets, scraps of fabric and other assorted recycleable (read: craft) items and came up with a pair of never worn fatigue-green cotton pants, a large scrap of some grey fabric and an old white towel.
I don’t have any thermal batting, I wasn’t sure using a towel would be sufficient as far as heat protection; but my quickly forming plan was beginning to take shape, so I decided to give it a try figuring that if they didn’t work as oven mitts, they would at least work as photo props!!
First, I soaked the towel in some Oxiclean for a few hours – that stuff does wonders(!) and the towel looked bright and white again. I wish I’d gotten decent before pictures; this was a towel I meant to tear up for rags!!
I can follow patterns, but I’m the type of person who doesn’t.:D I just start cutting and putting things together until I like it, then I sew it all up!! Sometimes I mark and measure. Other times I just go by eye. I am more of a brute force crafter than a meticulous by the book stickler type.
I am more of a brute force crafter than a meticulous by the book stickler type.
I definitely wanted to use the printed part of the pants for a design feature, so chopping that off was first on the list. I placed an old mitt over the area and left plenty of allowance while “tracing” the rough shape with a tailors pen. To get the print, I had to incorporate the existing seams into the design, so I decided I may as well also keep the hemmed edges for my cuffs. I traced roughly 3/4″ allowance around the outside of the old yucky oven mitt and cut out the rough area for the new mitts.
After playing with the different fabrics together, I cut wide strips of grey fabric and removed the bottom hem of the green fabric. I stitched them together into my pattern before pinning 2 of the glove shapes onto doubled towel material and cutting it out.
So all together, I had 4 of each.
I used the grey fabric to create a little hanger; which I couldn’t convince to pull through itself. Rather than remaking them, I left the stitching on the outside as part of the design. Then I sewed the towel pieces onto each glove piece.
Everything got pinned together, sewn up and turned out.
I love them! I had a chance to test them out a couple hours later while making dinner, and I found them more heat resistant then my old battered oven mitts, so the experiment was a success!! And I now have some cute custom oven mitts!!
Dinner baked at 350, the real test will be when I make bread at 500F!
Of course the new mitts made the tea towels look shabby; so I couldn’t quit now, I still had plenty of fabric! I wouldn’t mind owning a couple of hot pads either. Why not? I made the whole set!! Although…I could still use a bread bag and a straining bag – ooh and an apron. Hmm. I’ll let that percolate in the brain box for a few days.
I made one extra long hot pad – never owned one like it before. I originally planned to quilt the whole thing together, but after turning it out, I decided not to close it up. So it kind of reminds me of a wine bag or something.
Wine, by the way, pairs really well with crafting.:)