I love Christmas! It’s such a great time of the year and I so enjoy being able to spend time with our family and friends, but…. it sure is busy! I seem to be running from pillar to post at the moment and that got me thinking about how I could make some handmade gifts in a hurry. I figure I’m not the only one who is a bit time poor at this time of the year so over the couple of weeks I’ll be sharing tutorials for some Quick & Easy Handmade Gifts. And the best bit, if your sewing cupboard looks anything like mine you will probably have most of the items you need on hand.
The first project is this cute little oven mitt and tea towel set I made after seeing these red tea/dish towels at my local supermarket for $2.00 each. I made both sets shown here in under an hour which is much quicker than the set I made back in July. I’m not sure where these ones are going yet but I’m sure someone will claim them soon enough.
To make two sets you will need:
- 3 dish towels/tea towels
- 1/2 yard of backing fabric
- 1 fat quarter for the pockets (tree fabric)
- 1 fat quarter for the trim (stripe fabric)
- lightweight fusible fleece
- Insul-Bright Batting
- Quilt basting spray
- From the 1/2 yard of backing fabric cut 2 – 7 1/2″ strips, subcut 2 – 7 1/2″ x 27 1/2″ strips & 2 – 6 1/4″ x 7 1/2″ rectangles.
- From the fat quarter of pocket fabric cut 4 – 6 1/4″ x 7 1/2″ rectangles
- From the fat quarter of trim fabric cut 4 – 1 1/2″ x 7 1/2″ rectangles
- From the lightweight fusible fleece cut 2 – 6 3/4″ x 7 1/2″ rectangles
- From the Insul-Bright cut 1 – 7 1/2″ x 27 1/4″ strip
- Cut 1 of the dish towels into 2 – 7 1/2″ x 27 1/2″ strips. (Make sure you cut the hemmed edges off the dish towel).
- Start by making the hand pockets. The fabric I’ve used for the inside of the pockets is different from the cutting instructions provided. The inside of the pockets you make will be made with backing fabric.
- Sew the 1 1/2″ x 7 1/2″ strips of trim fabric to the top of the 6 1/4″ x 7 1/2″ pocket fabric to make the front pocket panels using a 1/4″ seam allowance. Repeat with the remaining 1 1/2″ x 7 1/2″ strips and 6 1/4″ x 7 1/2″ backing rectangles to make the inside pocket panels. Press seams open.
- Following the manufacturers directions attach the lightweight fusible fleece to the wrong side of the front pocket panels.
- With right sides together sew 1 front panel and 1 back panel together along the top (trim) edge using a 1/4″ seam allowance. Press seams open.
- Fold in half with wrong sides together and press well. Sew 1/8″ on both sides of the trim fabric. Press.
- Attach the Insul-Bright batting to the wrong side of the backing fabric. The batting should be 1/4″ shorter than the backing fabric, leave a gap at one end only (do not centre the batting). Pin the pockets in place at either end of the dish towel strip. The front panel with lightweight fusible fleece attached should be facing up.
- Flip the backing fabric over so that right sides are together on top of the dish towel/pocket strip. Pin in place.
- Using a 1/4″ seam allowance sew around the oven mitt starting and ending on the short side which has a gap between the Insul-Bright and the backing fabric with quilt basting spray. Backstitch at the start and end. Trim the corners and then turn right side out and give the oven mitt a good press then hand stitch the opening closed.
- I used left over fabric to add a 3 1/2″ strip to the front of the 2 remaining dish towels to make a coordinating set. Nothing fancy I promise – all I did was cut strips of the trim fabric and attached to the top and bottom of a piece of the backing fabric (4 1/2″ finished). I then pressed a 1/2″ hem on all sides and attached it to the dish towel with a 1/8″ seam. Easy!
So what do you think? Can you see yourself making a few sets for your friends or neighbours? If you do I’d love to see them and if you tag me on social media I definitely won’t miss them.
Later this week I’m hoping to have some quick journal covers done and dusted, I’m using them as teacher gifts this year, so will be back with a tutorial for those real soon.
Thanks for stopping by,