Using a regular-size hot pad or oven mitt to grab plates, bowls, and small dishes from the microwave makes it difficult to get a good grip, causing the dish to slip out of your hand. Get a good grip on a cooking dish while also protecting your hand from its hot surface with a small microwave mitt. It is just large enough to fit over the lip of the dish with pockets for your thumb and fingers.
Items you will need
- 1/8-yard cotton fabric
- 1/8-yard insulated batting
- Disappearing ink fabric marker
- Sewing machine
- 1/2-inch-wide double-fold bias tape
Machine wash and dry your cotton fabric with detergent only. As soon as you take the fabric out of the dryer, iron out all the wrinkles. If you let the fabric cool before ironing, the wrinkles are more difficult to remove.
Measure and cut two 3-inch by 8-inch rectangles from the cotton fabric, and one 3-inch by 8-inch rectangles from the insulated batting. Cut four 3-inch squares from your cotton fabric.
Draw a 3-inch-wide circle on a sheet of paper. Cut the circle out and cut it in half.
Place the half-circle paper template on top of each piece of 3-inch by 8-inch fabric and batting and round the ends by tracing the template and cutting the fabric to shape. Also, cut four half circles from the 3-inch-square pieces of fabric following the template shape.
Place the large pieces of fabric on your work surface right side down after making a small X on the right side of the fabric; the X marks the side of the mitt that will face the hot dish. Place the batting piece on top of the fabric with the shiny side of the batting face down. The shiny side of the batting reflects the heat back toward the hot dish and away from your hand, so you want it to face the dish. Place the second large piece of fabric on the batting right side up.
With a fabric marker, draw a simple pattern on the top piece of fabric to mark the placement of the top stitching. A series of parallel lines or criss-crossing lines works well. Sew the three layers together, stitching along the marked lines.
Place two of the half-circle fabric pieces together with the right sides facing each other. Sew the pieces together along the straight edge with a quarter-inch seam allowance. Flip the pieces of fabric over the seam bringing them together with the wrong sides facing each other. Iron the seam, and sew along the straight edge again with an eighth-inch seam allowance. Repeat with the other two half-circle pieces.
Place each of the half-circle finger pockets at each end of the large piece on the side without the X marking. Sew the two pieces in place with a quarter-inch seam allowance around the curved edge to attach these finger pockets to the hot pad.
Cut a 16-inch-long piece of double-fold bias tape. Unfold the bias tape, and lightly iron it. Do not completely remove the creases, only iron it enough to keep it open for sewing. Fold one end of the tape piece to the inside one-half inch. Iron that fold.
Choose one of the straight edges of the mitt and place the folded edge of the bias tape in the center of it. Note that one side of the double-fold bias tape is slightly narrower than the other; line up the edge of the narrow side with the edge of the mitt, with the double folds of the bias tape facing up. It does not matter which side of the mitt you do this on. Sew the bias tape all the way around the mitt, following along the inside edge of the bias tape that is closest to the edge of the mitt. Keep lining up the edge of the bias tape with the edge of the mitt as you stitch around the mitt's edge.
Once you have sewn back around to the starting place, overlap the two ends of the bias tape one inch. Trim the excess tape. Continue to sew along the inside edge of the bias tape to sew the last inch together.
Fold the other half of the double-sided bias tape over the edge of the mitt. Iron the tape around the perimeter of the mitt to help hold it in place. Sew "in the ditch"--meaning stitching in the seam between the bias tape and mitt--on the side of the mitt you originally attached the bias tape. The stitches will catch the bias tape on the opposite side, holding it permanently folded over the edge. Trim any hanging threads to finish.
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