We will be saying goodbye to the 2015 GOTY Grace Thomas in just a few days. To celebrate the fun we’ve had with Grace and her story this year I wanted to make her a farewell gift/craft.
It is a little something she would love for the kitchen. This baking set includes an oven mitt, hot pad and towel.
- cotton fabric
- towel or fleece fabric
- thin ribbon
- needle and thread
- sewing machine
Note about the baking set:
I sewed up this set on a sewing machine. I provide measurements and instructions so you can make this set for dolls too. It is a more involved project and includes basic sewing skills. That being said I include all the information you need to make this project from start to finish.
If sewing is not for you there are several ways you can adapt this project to make a fun baking set. Some no-sew ideas are to make this project using felt and glue or to make a duct tape version. The fun is in the creating and play so whether you want to try your hand at this sewing project or create a crafty version, you are sure to enjoy this baking set for dolls!
To get started we are going to make a paper pattern for the oven mitt by tracing your dolls hand.
To be sure the mitt will fit over your dolls hand place the widest part of the hand on the edge of the paper. Mark the paper with a total 1/4″ of extra space for the widest part of the hand.
Lay the hand down and trace around the hand with 1/4″-1/2″ around the hand and arm. Sketch a second line almost 1/2″ out from the first. Adding this extra space will add fabric for the 1/4″ seam allowance and enough ease to slip the oven mitt on and off.
As a guide my pattern measures 3″ at the wrist, 3 1/4″ at the widest point across the hand and 4″ lengthwise.
Cut out the paper pattern and use it to cut out two pieces out of the cotton fabric and one out of the felt.
For the hot pad cut out 3 squares, 2 out of the cotton and 1 out of the felt.
Hot pad pattern measurements:
- 2 7/8″ on each side
This is an optional step to add fun detail. You can stitch on lines to give the oven mitt and hot pad a quilted look.
To add the quilted lines, layer the felt and 1 cotton layer. Stitch across the mitt at an angle. Continue across the mitt adding a new line every 1/4″. Use the edge of the sewing machine foot as a guide.
Turn the mitt and stitch across in the opposite direction. Trim off the thread around the edge of the mitt.
Stitch the hot pad in the same way.
Now that we have added the stitching detail to one side of the oven mitt and hot pad it’s time to layer the front and back pieces and stitch them together. Lay out the quilted side of the oven mitt and the hot pad. Lay the piece of cotton for each pattern with the right side facing up.
For the hot pad we will add one more detail, a loop in the corner. Loop a length of ribbon and pin the cut edges to one corner of the hot pad. Point the loop towards the center of the hot pad. Lay the hot pad aside and we will come back to it in a minute.
For the oven mitt fold over the bottom edge 1/4″ onto the wrong side and stitch in place.
Lay the single cotton layer with the right side facing the quilted layer. With 1/4″ seam allowance stitch around the edge. Take care to pay attention to the shape of the thumb and sew it wide enough. I know this from personal experience. 🙂
Trim around the edge. If the fabric will fray you can zigzag or serge around the edge.
Turn the oven mitt right side out. I am loving the extra detail stitch lines on the top of the oven mitt. I think the quilted lines make the oven mitt it look so realistic!
On the back side, the oven mitt is plain. My mitt is a tad too baggy overall from the wrist through the hand. I made some changes to get a better fit. I don’t have pictures but I can describe the process.
I decided to add a dart on the underside of the mitt to help it fit better. By adding a dart on one side it helps the oven mitt curve better to the hand and stay on. To add a dart, fold and pin from the wrist to the the middle of the hand. My dart is about 1/4″ in width and 2 1/2″ long. Try the mitt on the doll several times to make sure it is still easy on and off with the adjustments. Turn the mitt inside out to stitch up the dart lines.
For the oven mitt my finished measurements from seam to seam are:
- Front- 2 1/2″
- Back- 1 3/4″
- Hand (widest point across thumb)
- Front- 2 5/8″
- Back- 2 1/4″
- 3 5/8″
I hope the measurements are helpful as a reference point for you.
Sew together the hot pad in a similar way with the 2 layers with the right sides facing together. Stitch around the square with 1/4″ seam allowances leaving an opening in one side.
Clip the corners at a diagonal.
Turn the hot pad right side out. Use a pencil to go through the opening in the side and push the corners out.
The finished measurements of the hot pad are:
- sides- 2 3/8″
- loop length- 2 1/4″
Fold in the edges of the opening and pin the layers together. Hand stitch them together with a needle and thread.
For the kitchen towel I am using a towel I picked up at the dollar store. It has just the right texture and feel for a doll’s towel. You can pick up an inexpensive towel, or even use a piece of fleece for the towel.
- 6 1/2″ x 8″
Cut out a heart from the cotton fabric and place it on the towel, centered at one end.
Stitch the edge of the heart on first with a basting stitch and then go around it with a narrow zigzag stitch.
Stitch the edges of the towel with a wide zigzag stitch. I went around the towel twice with a contrasting thread to make it really show the contrasting colors. You could also stitch with a matching thread for a different look.
Here is the set all together, a hot pad, an oven mitt and a towel!
Fun accessories for Grace…
and fun accessories for all the dolls in the kitchen.
It’s been a great year with Grace!
Fresh cookies are out of the oven!
Just in case you are interested, here is more about today’s post.
- Doll– Grace is American Girl GOTY 2015
- Outfit– Grace’s meet outfit
- Scene– Cookie sheet and cookie tutorial is here.
A great 2015 and on to a great 2016!