Christmas baking is one of my family’s tradition. My Mom bakes different types of treats. And I join along in baking homemade rolls and desserts. I came up with these fun Christmas tree oven mitts to accompany my Mom and I in the kitchen this holiday season. They definitely add a little more cheer to baking! Find the free tutorial below.
- Download the Christmas Tree Oven Mitt Pattern
- 2 each – 11″ x 12″ pieces of Remix Dots in Primary by Ann Kelle for Robert Kaufman for Lining
- 2 each – 11″ x 12″ pieces of Green Kona Cotton for Outer Mitt
- 2 each – 2 1/2″ x 1 3/4″ pieces of Brown Kona Cotton for Tree Trunk
- 2 each – 11″ x 12″ pieces of cotton batting
- 2 each – 11″ x 12″ pieces of Pellon 975 Insul-Fleece or thick terry cloth (like 21 ounce terry cloth from Shannon Fabrics)
- 2 each – 11″ x 12″ pieces of Pellon ShapeFlex SF101 for Outer tree
- 2 each – 2 1/2″ x 1 3/4″ pieces of Pellon ShapeFlex SF101 for Tree Trunk
- 3/4″ felt circles for tree lights
- Fabric marking pen
- Wooden chopstick for turning
- Sewing machine
- Pinking shears
Begin by fusing the Pellon ShapeFlex to the wrong side of the two Remix Dots fabric pieces for the Lining. Next, download and assemble the pattern piece. Use the pattern piece to cut two for the Lining.
After cutting out the Lining pieces, be sure to use a fabric marking pen to mark the location of the large dots on the wrong side of one Lining piece. These dots indicate the start and stop point for sewing.
Place the two Lining pieces right sides together and pin. Using a 3/8″ seam allowance, sew around the bottom perimeter of the Lining starting at one large dot and ending at the other large dot but leaving a 3″ opening along the side for turning later. Trim the sewn edges using pinking shears.
Turn the Lining right side out and press lightly. Set aside.
Next, prepare the Outer fabrics by layering the cotton batting on bottom, Insul-Fleece (or terry cloth) in the middle, and Green Kona Cotton on top (A).
Pin all three pieces together and use a fabric marking pen to trace around the pattern piece onto the Outer fabric (B).
Using the drawn line as a guide, sew all three layers together using a 1/4″ seam allowance. The stitched line should be on the inside of the drawn shape as shown below (C).
Repeat steps A, B, and C for the second stack of batting/insulation/fabric.
Use regular scissors to trim the batting and insulation as close to the seam without cutting the seam (A). This reduces bulk in the finished seam.
Cut the Outer fabric along the drawn line (B). Repeat steps A and B for the second Outer piece and then press each piece (C).
Using the Tree Trunk pattern piece, cut out 2 pieces in the Brown Kona Cotton. Fuse the Pellon Shapeflex to the wrong side of each piece. Place the two Tree Trunk pieces right sides together and sew around the two short sides and one long side using a 1/4″ seam allowance. Trim the corners (A).
Turn the Tree Trunk piece right side out and use a wooden chopstick to push out the corners. Press. Next, transfer the oval marks to one side of the tree trunk along the opening (B).
Using the Tree pattern piece, transfer the oval markings to the base of one Outer tree piece. Match the markings on the Tree Trunk and the Tree and pin in place (C).
Hand tack felt circles onto the Tree Outer piece with the trunk. Be sure not to tack the circles too close to the stitched line to prevent them from being caught in the seam allowance later (A).
Place the two Outer pieces right sides together and pin. Use the Tree pattern and fabric marking pen to mark the location of the large dots (B).
Beginning at one large dot and sewing toward the bottom of the tree, use a 3/8″ seam allowance to sew the two Outer pieces together. Stop sewing at the other large dot. Be sure to backstitch at the beginning and end of stitching. Use pinking shears to trim the seam allowance of the two sewn corners (C).
Insert the Lining into the opening of the Outer mitt so that right sides are together. Match side seams and raw edges and pin together (A).
Using a 3/8″ seam allowance, sew the Lining and Outer pieces together one side of the mitt at a time. Start as close to the side seam as possible and sew around the tip of the tree and back to the other side seam, finishing as close to the side seam as possible. Repeat for the opposite side of the mitt.
It may be necessary for you to hand stitch the Lining and Outer pieces together close to the side seams where your sewing machine foot cannot reach. Trim the edges with pinking shears (B).
Pull the Lining out and turn the entire mitt right side out through the opening in the Lining (C).
Use a wooden chopstick or large metal knitting needle to work out the corners. This will take some muscle (the fabric is thick) and a few minutes to get everything pushed out and smooth. Press the Lining opening seams in and sew the opening closed (D).
Next, push the lining back inside the mitt and use the wooden chopstick as needed to smooth out the fabric.
Iron the mitt well being sure to use a press cloth to protect the felt circles.
When using the Christmas Tree Oven Mitt to remove hot items from the oven, be sure to wear the mitt on your hand so the felt circles are facing you. The plain side of the mitt should always be used to pick up the hot dish or tray.
(photos by Kelle)