Scrappy Oven Mitt and 10 Thanksgiving Leftover Recipes

Nov 23, 2021 8:00:00 AM / by Jennifer Strauser

Hi!  It’s Jen Strauser from Dizzy Quilter, here to share a special after Thanksgiving project with you! 

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

I spent a lot of my time in high school and college getting excited about environmental issues.  The one that has stuck with me the most has been the issue of waste.  Reduce, Reuse, Recycle is a hot topic for me.  My recycle bins are always full, and I try to really limit how much waste I send to the landfill. 

In the studio, that means I try not to throw out even a single scrap of fabric.  In the kitchen, it means that I like to recycle my leftovers to minimize food waste.  Today, I’m going to share some ideas for both.

Scroll down to see my 10 favorite recipes to use up Thanksgiving leftovers. 

 

Oven Mitt Dies are Perfect for Scrap Busting

My most favorite of the recent AccuQuilt Die releases has been the oven mitt. I am very hard on my oven mitts. Mine get filthy dirty and often end up with burn marks on them. I’ve wanted to make my own for a while, but tracing templates and cutting by hand is just not fun at all.

I was so excited when I found out that AccuQuilt would be releasing one! I think these are the perfect scrap buster projects, and I have an infinite pile of scraps to use up. 

The first step in making your scrappy oven mitts is to decide on how many you want to make.  Are you okay with having orphan oven mitts?  I was informed by family members that I need to make sets of two that coordinate.   

 

Getting Started: Scrappy Oven Mitt

For this one, I also made the lining as a separate piece and turned it to skip the binding step. 

I like to gather up a pile of scraps that coordinate. I find that if I limit my palette to only 3-4 colors, my oven mitts look great. 

 

Supplies

 

Materials

 

 

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Press your fabric.  

Cut your Insul-Bright Insulating Thermal Lining and lining into 10” x 14” rectangles.  These can be rough cut with scissors - we are going to trim them down later. 

I made myself a placement template by cutting a piece of paper with my die.  It is an easy way to make sure my piece is large enough to cover the entire die, and also gives me an idea of how the pattern will look on the finished piece. 

For this potholder, I used my 8” Qube. If you have a different size, you may need a few pieces more or less than I used.  It is totally okay to use the Qube you already have. I used Qube shapes #1, #2 & #8 on my project. 

I like to keep things simple, especially with projects that are going to get used. These guys are going to be quick and useful - not heirlooms. 

 

 

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Cut shapes

  • Die 1 - large square - 6
  • Die #2 - 14
  • Die #8 - 18

 

 

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Sew your panels together following this layout diagram. 

Press your seams open to evenly distribute bulk across your oven mitt. 

 

 

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Layer Insul-Bright and pieced top.  Pin in 4-5 spots to keep your layers aligned. 

Quilt your oven mitt panels. 

Pro Tip:  Be mindful and don’t get carried away with your quilting.  I tend to go wild with quilting because I love the texture.  On this project, less is definitely more.  All of those punctures seem to allow the heat through the Insul-Bright. 

 

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Place your quilted panels on your die one at a time.  Make sure you align one with the piecing up, and the other with the piecing down so that you get reversed pieces.  

 

 

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Use clips to align the oven mitt sides, and stitch around the outside. 

Pro Tip: When you get into the area between the thumb and fingers, shorten your seam allowance until you are nearly at the point of the clip.  This will make it easy to turn your oven mitt and get a crisp inner point. I’ve marked the lines here, so you can see where I plan to stitch. 

  

 

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Take your two lining fabrics and stitch them together following the same stitch line at the thumb joint.  

From here, I forgot to take step-by-step photos.  Sorry.  Sometimes I get lost in the process!

Take your lining and turn it right side out, and slip it into the inside-out oven mitt. The two pretty sides should be touching.

Pin the raw edges of your lining and oven mitt in place - being careful to line up the seam lines.  Leave a gap of 2-3 inches unsewn, for turning.  

Stitch around the opening of the oven mitt - backstitching at your start and stop point.  

Pull the lining and the oven mitt through the hole you have left open. It will take a little bit of patience. Just keep working at it and pulling a little at a time through until you have the oven mitt right side out. 

Tuck the lining inside.  If you have ever made a lined bag, then the process is very similar. 

Now, turn the edge of the opening, pinning to make sure the lining is to the inside of your oven mitt.  Topstitch around the edge of your oven mitt to secure it.  

That's it! You're done! 

 

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Now, Use the Oven Mitt & Reuse Those Leftovers!

Now that you have a beautiful oven mitt, here are some recipes to make using it!

I’ve curated a collection of fun Thanksgiving leftover recipes to try this year. 

I’m skipping the typical turkey soup and open-faced turkey sandwiches because they make me sad. Even though my husband loves them they are boring.

 

10 Leftover Thanksgiving Food Recipes

  1. White Turkey Enchiladas
    A family favorite in my house.

  2. Kate’s Brie and Cranberry Pizza Appetizer
    My mother-in-law’s favorite appetizer.

  3. Turkey Pot Pie from The Pioneer Woman
    A great way to use up leftover vegetables, too.

  4. Leftover Stuffing Waffles 
    These sound so weird; I’m going to have to try them.

  5. Turkey and Stuffing Quiche
    What can I say, we love pies in my family.

  6. Turkey Waldorf Salad
    This one is for my Mom, who is half rabbit.

  7. Thanksgiving Egg Rolls
    These look fun and different.

  8. Emeril’s Sweet Potato Bread
    This is heavenly. I use up the candied sweet potatoes and it is fantastic. I just leave out a little of the added sugar in the recipe to compensate.

  9. Thanksgiving Faux Shepherd’s Pie
    Anything to get rid of this mountain of mashed potatoes, right?  (I stuck “faux” in there because it’s fancy, but not really a shepherd’s pie without lamb.)

  10. Thanksgiving sandwich
    No recipe needed! Basically, place everything left between two slices of white toast with mayo.  And I’m not kidding about everything. I’m pretty certain, like 110%, that this is the only reason my mother ever made a turkey.  


Share Your Results!

If you make your own Scrappy Oven Mitt following this tutorial, please share the photo on social media using the hashtag #AccuQuiltBuilt and don't forget to tag @jenstrauser and @AccuQuilt on Instagram so we can see your fun creations!

Topics: Quick DIY Projects, Tips & Tricks, Holiday Projects

Jennifer Strauser

Written by Jennifer Strauser