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Upcycled Denim DIY Oven Mitt

Learn how to make oven mitts using upcycled old jeans. It's a fun idea that's easy to do.

Upcycled Denim DIY Oven Mitt
Upcycled Denim DIY Oven Mitt

If you are always looking for ways to use up your old jeans, this Upcycled Denim DIY Oven Mitt is the perfect project for you.

Grab those jeans that don't fit anymore or are out of style and really put them to good use. This DIY oven mitt is the perfect pattern for durability, style, and practicality.

Plus, you can easily make a matching set of these oven mitts with all the leftover recycled denim you will have.

Check out this video tutorial right below, and see how this is an easy and fun sewing project for anyone looking to use up some denim.

We also have a written and picture tutorial lower on the page, so be sure to check out both in order to fully understand the pattern and project.

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Project TypeMake a Project

Time to CompleteIn an evening

Sewn byMachine


Materials List

  • Old pair of jeans with a longer pocket (can fit entire hand)
  • Sewing machine
  • Thread
  • Scissors
  • Heat resistant fabric (with batting attached if possible)
  • Batting (if needed)
  • Pins

Upcycling Old Jeans for DIY Oven Mitts

Don't just throw out your old jeans, reuse them by making one or more of these denim oven mitts. The key is to use jeans that have deep pockets. If you can fit your entire hand into the pocket, it's a winner. When you use large-pocketed pants, it's less work when making the oven mitt.

How to Make Oven Mitts from Jeans:

  1. Cut out the sides of the pocket part of the jeans, with about an inch or two outside the pocket. Be sure not to cut into the pocket. 

    Tip: If your jeans have a rivet near where you are cutting, cut outside of the seam so that you won't be sewing near it.

  2. When you get to the end of your pocket, leave a 1/2" to 1" of space from the bottom of the pocket, and then cut to square it off. 

  3. Fold your oven mitt in half (inside out) and round off the edge with scissors. 

  4. For the other side of the mitt, find a large section of the remaining jeans, and use the "oven mitt"  piece you already cut as a template.

    Cut around the template so that the round edges are similar. However, leave the new piece about 1" or 2" longer than the top of your oven mitt for hemming. 

  5. Use the first piece of your oven mitt as a template again, and cut out a piece of heat resistant fabric and batting to match.

  6. Stack up to sew as follows:
    First/front jean piece (with pocket), back up.
    Batting against the bottom of the first piece.
    Heat resistant fabric with the heat resistant side up.
    Back jean piece, with the outside against the heat resistant fabric, and the inside part up.

  7. Before you sew this all together, sew a quick hem in, so that the bottom matches the top. 

    Tip: Use a similar colored thread as was used in the jeans for a decorative, matching appearance.

  8. To sew: Make a sandwich. On the bottom the heat resistant fabric with the batting side down and the silver side up, then the back of the oven mitt have it down facing right side up, and then have the pocket part of the oven mitt with the right side facing down, and pin this together. 

    Tip: You can fold up the pocket to hide it away. You DO NOT want to sew through the pocket.

  9. Sew around three sides and leave the hemmed side open. 

    Tip: It is best to use a heavy duty needle when sewing these kinds of projects together. 

  10. Clip your seams, cutting in very close.

  11. Make some diagonal cuts so that it goes neatly around the curve.

  12. Turn your sewn oven mitt right side out. Do this by putting your hand in between the two right sides of the denim fabric and pulling it outward.

  13. Finally, top stitch the opening where needed and all the way around the rest of the mitt.

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