I have two oven mitts and a pot holder that are at least 15 years old, in good shape, but stained and unsightly.
I thought maybe a “slipcover” for each would solve the problem.
I used recycled gift wrap to make a pattern. Just trace around the mitt and add 1/2″ (1/4″ seam and 1/4″ to allow for thickness) along the sides. At the top, add 1″ for a hem and for the cover to extend a little above the pad/mitt.
Whenever I have a quilting or sewing project, I collect all of the small pieces of fabric and sew them together in coordinating colors to make a flat piece of material. Place whatever fabric you are using right sides together and pin the patterns in place. Cut out the pieces and stitch together using 1/4″ inch seams, leaving the top open. Turn down the top 1/4″ and again 1/4″ and stitch in place. Clip in the space where the thumb joins (be careful not to cut into the stitching) so the mitt will be smooth in that area.
Turn the covers, press and place over the mitts and pad, allowing the hanging tab on the originals to protrude. A good way to get the mitt cover on is to put the original mitt on your hand and then pull the cover over it as you would a mitten.
The covers stay in place very well and can be removed for washing or for replacing with new covers – maybe even with seasonal or holiday themes.
I love to recycle something and get some extra wear out of it!