Over the next few weeks I will be sharing with you projects which are oriented to gift giving, getting ready for the holiday season and utilizing ric rac as a trim.
You are probably thinking, ric rac is a bit too retro?
I think it's fun to incorporate this trim on projects! That's my story and I am sticking to it!! It is a trim that can appear modern and fun or vintage... you choose.
The story of ric rac (also spelled rickrack & ricrac) goes back to the 1800's.
Ric rac has been described as a flat narrow zig zag shaped braided trim used for clothing and curtains. Before the popularity and availability of sewing machines and sergers it was used to conveniently finish the edges of fabric.
This trim became popular and peaked in use in the 1970's, at the time of "Little House in the Prairie" and likely as I surmise, along with the increased use of the home sewing machine.
Any way I cut it, ha ha pardon the pun! I like it for the following reasons:
- It is colourful
- It has a non conforming shape- it's not straight!
- It's cheerful and is a great embellishment on kids clothing and much more....
- It is available in many colours and sizes
- It is a readily available trim at most sewing (and some quilt) stores
- It is relatively inexpensive when compared to other trims
- It is easy to sew on
- It's classic, it has stood the test of time and timeless (depending on how you decide to use it)
- On the other hand, it is simple, fun, retro and even a bit kitchy if that's the way you want it to look.
- It is versatile as a trim with home decor, wearables and quilting.
Now on to the project at hand......
Double Ended Oven Mitts, so handy to hang conveniently on your oven. No need to hide these beauties away!
A great gift for the chef/baker in your family or keep to use for your kitchen!
I am keeping mine, I need it for upcoming Christmas decor and baking.
- 2- 28 x 7" pieces of cotton fabric for the front and back of the mitten back. (owl fabric above)
- 1- 28 x 7" piece of Insul- Bright- see below
- 1- 28 x 7" piece of quality quilt batting ( I used Hobbs Heirloom 80/20)
- 2- 3 x 7" pieces of cotton trim fabric for the mitten front (green above)
- 4 - 7 x 7" squares of fabric- mitten front (red solid)
- 2 - 7 x 8 1/4" pieces of batting - mitten front
- 2- 3/8" x 7" pieces of ric rac in a colour to contrast with your fabric
- Approximately 65" x 2 1/2" of bias double fold binding
- Fusible web (optional)
- Thread to match for appliqués or invisible thread (optional)
- Thread to match for quilting and piecing
- Sewing machine
- Quilting foot for sewing machine
- Free pattern download Double Ended Oven Mitts Pattern to trace for rounded ends of mitten back and fronts, get it here and print it out.
How to make your double ended oven mitts:
- Sandwich your rectangle: front and back of mitten (back) (owl fabric) together with a layer of insul-bright and batting as described in 1, 2 & 3 above. Make sure the right side of your fabric faces outward. Pin to hold for quilting.
- Quilt the quilt sandwich using a pattern of your choice (mine was a simple wave down the length). See photo above.
- Using the free PDF pattern for the ends of the mitten back, trace at each end (with a disappearing ink pen) and cut out according to the pattern, through all layers.
mitten front rounded areas.
5. Baste at the edge of 2 of the mitten fronts, the 2 pieces of ric rac to the
straight edge of the mitten. See below:
with a 1/8" seam allowance
8. Sew the back of the front pocket to the other side of the trim (green) as
shown below (right sides together). Make 2 of these
pocket. See below:
I cut out some owls, fused them with fusible web
and used invisible thread to appliqué them.
sandwiched on the inside of the mitten) Trim if necessary.
Stitch in the seam ditch between the trim and the ric rac and sew all
around the outside edge of the pocket to hold together- 1/8" in from
the edge. Repeat for the second pocket.
Doesn't that ric rac look adorable!!
Happy Baking and Happy Tuesday!