I made these oven mitts yesterday, after seeing them at Leafy Treetop Spot, a blog that I fell in love with as soon as I visited...so many fun tutorials there. My daughter has decided that she wants to complete a sewing unit for home school, one that culminates in making a simple quilt. If I want to be of any help to her, I'm going to have to brush up on my own sewing skills. This project didn't look too hard, so I gave it a go. It was actually kind of hard- for me. Then again, yesterday was the first time that I had ever even threaded my sewing machine by myself. I'm that much of a beginner. My grandma gave me my sewing machine. Up until now, I had always had my mom help me with it. Thankfully, I still had a little help. I nearly bought polyester fabric for this project, when the kind lady at the fabric store gently pointed out that if I was using it for oven mitts, they would melt! But yesterday, I was determined to learn, and I did. That's one of the good things about homeschooling. I need to stay just a little ahead of whatever it is my daughter is learning, so I'm always learning new things.
Attempt #1 and #2 on the oven mitts were not so good. What you see in the photo are actually the results of attempt #3 and #4. I'm going to give them to a sweet lady who hosts a community group that we're a part of. We go to a very large church, which could feel impersonal, but it doesn't at all, because of the community groups. She opens up her home and cooks dinner for up to twenty people each week, all while being a mom and working full time. She's an amazing cook and I thought she deserved a little something to let her know she's appreciated.