Friday, August 30, 2019

kitchen sewing

Well, hello there friends!

How are you all doing? Hope things are going well.

I can't believe it's been almost three months since I last popped in here :(. Time definitely does fly, especially during summer months, it seems. We've been busy moving houses (this time we stayed in the same town, no moving continents which was nice) and working hard on making our new place feel like home. 

When we first moved to the Netherlands last summer we were a bit shocked to find out our apartment had no oven. NO OVEN! How can that even be? But since we knew the place was just a temporary home for us, we tried not to worry about it too much. It was definitely quite inconvenient, but clearly we survived :). And now that we moved to a new place we have an oven again, yay! So, of course I took it as an opportunity to work on some new oven mitts.

Actually, I only made just one so far, but more are coming soon :)

Quite lovely, isn't it?

I scoured Pinterest for some oven mitt patterns and tutorials and in the end I settled on trying out this lovely pattern by Bombazine. I find standard oven mitts at the stores to be quite large and so very bulky, I think my hands are too small for them. These mitts though fit just right and I feel like I actually have some control over my hands when wearing them :)

I used a layer of wool felt and a layer of Insul-bright to ensure the mitt will be heat proof. It's fully lined, too. Which is great since I like my mitts to look pretty not just on the outside, but on the inside as well.

I also whipped up a stack on un-paper towels as the ones I made a few years back were not looking so good anymore, obviously :)

You can find a tutorial for these here in case you'd like to make some of your own. It's just a super simple project using up what we have in our stashes, but so very practical. I find I use paper towels way less these days and since I just toss these with my regular laundry I don't feel like it's adding that much more in extra work or usage of water.

What fun projects have you been working on lately? Do tell.

Also, I do post to my IG account regularly so if you don't want to miss any projects I work on just follow me by clicking here.

Happy sewing friends. Svetlana


  1. I'm glad your move is smaller this time - I can't imagine moving continents. I expected a baked good from having an oven, but I can see how the mitt has to come first. It does look really nice.

    1. Ha ha!!! Baked goods will have to wait a bit :)

  2. Your oven mitt it adorable. I should make some fancy ones.
    I am happy that you have an oven now. That is crazy no oven in 2019. I suppose you did use other conveniences such as a microwave, stove top and even a toaster. But still, wow. I hope your new place is much better in every single way.

  3. I love the mitt! I guess I'm going to have to make some too. My hands are large, and those oven mitts in the store are so unmanageable! My old one are so worn, but I have to use something.

    1. I hope you have fun making yours. And yes, I agree on how unmanageable store bought mitts can be :(

  4. Moving is a lot of work but I'm glad you have an oven again! I know the feeling, as here in Japan we don't have a built in oven, but we do have a tabletop combination microwave/oven. Love the concept of the un-paper towels. I have a similar pile of cloths (some homemade, others microfiber) and use them all the time - rarely paper towels anymore.

    1. That's interesting to hear. And yes, very nice to have an oven again.

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  6. No oven?! Your mitt is wonderful. I've checked your IG account and see you've made another. A question ~ when layering, I see you've added a layer and am curious about your choice of sequence. Main (outer) fabric, Insul-brite, wool felt, lining? Or did you place the wool felt against the outer fabric, then Insula-brite, wool felt, lining? Not sure there'd be a difference, but wondering... Thanks!

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