LIBERTY KITCHEN SET
Whip up a coordinating tea towel and oven mitt in pretty floral prints
50cm (19 ") Liberty The Cottage Garden Collection in Emily Silhouette X (Fabric A) (ours was from www. alicecaroline.co.uk) 50cm (19 ") Liberty The Cottage Garden Collection in Newland Large Y (Fabric B) 50cm (19 ") washed natural linen fabric (Fabric C) 50cm (19 ") heat resistant insulating wadding Matching sewing thread Sewing needle Tailor’s chalk Metal ruler Set square Rotary cutter Cutting board Awl 2.5cm (1") bias binding maker tool We’re waltzing merrily into pattern clash territory with this ditsy floral duo – a quilted oven mitt and co-ordinating tea towel. And if getting disproportionately excited about fancy kitchen linen is wrong, we don’t want to be right.
Whether or not you can nail the perfect soufflé, making your own bias binding is totally doable and we’re loving the contrast effect it gives this pair. Take that rotary cutter for a spin and rustle up a set for a bit of floral loveliness in your kitchen, or to treat a foodie pal.
If you’re using a fabric with a directional pattern, you’ll need 75cm (29½") for Fabric A.
01 Start by cutting out a 48 x 66cm (187/ x 26") rectangle from 8 both Fabric A and Fabric C for the tea towel. For the oven mitt, fold Fabric B in half with right sides (RS) together. Using the template on page 96, draw out the mitt shape twice, close to the open edge, not the folded edge of the fabric, leaving a larger, square-ish piece intact to make the bias binding for the tea towel. Cut both of the mitt pieces out with a 1cm ( 3 /8") seam allowance, so you end up with four mitt pieces altogether.
02 Lay the Fabric C rectangle out and place the Fabric A rectangle on top, wrong sides ( WS) together. Using the set square and the tailor’s chalk, mark a line at a 45° angle across the tea towel. Repeat this all the way across the tea towel at 7cm (2¾") intervals, adding some pins along the lines to keep the fabrics together. Sew along the marked lines, removing the pins. Now mark lines in the opposite direction in the same way, creating a criss-cross pattern. Sew along these lines to quilt the fabric.
03 Lay the tea towel out with the linen side facing up. Fold one of the long edges to this side twice by about 1cm ( 3 /8") and pin in place, as shown. Repeat this step with the other long edge. Sew in place close to the folded edge.
04 To make the bias binding, take the remaining piece of Fabric B. Using the set square, mark diagonal lines at 45° across the fabric, each 5cm (2") apart. Next, cut the fabric into strips using a metal ruler, rotary cutter and cutting board. You should have a couple of strips long enough (at least 48cm (187/ 8") once the diagonal ends are cut off) so that you don’t need to sew any of the strips together.
05 Thread the strip through the bias binding maker using the awl and press with a hot iron in sections as you pull it through, creating the bias binding. Next, fold the bias binding in half along the length, with the open edges on the inside, and press again.
06 To make the loop for hanging the tea towel, cut a 13cm (5¼") length of bias binding. Sew the open long edge closed.
Cut a piece of bias 1cm ( 3 /8") longer than the short edge of the tea towel. Fold the ends of the bias to the WS by 0.5cm (¼") and pin the bias in place over one of the short edges of the tea towel. Repeat at the other end. Fold the loop piece in half and tuck the raw ends under the bias, about 0.5cm (¼") in from one of the corners. Machine-sew the bias in place, close to its inner edge.
08 Make the bias binding in the same way as for the tea towel, using the leftover Fabric A – you’ll only need about 32cm (125/ 8"), so you shouldn’t have to sew any strips together. Set aside for now.
09 Pin two of the mitt pieces with RS together. Sew around the chalk line but leave the wrist opening unsewn. This is the lining. Cut the seam allowance between the thumb and main glove.
10 Place the other two mitt pieces RS up on top of the wadding and pin in place. Cut out around the fabric. As per Step 2, mark diagonal lines at 7cm (2 ") intervals on the two fabric/wadding mitt pieces, sew along these lines, and repeat in the other direction to create a criss-cross pattern. Trim any overlap if the wadding has shifted at all during the sewing.
11 Place the two mitt pieces with RS together, then pin and sew 1cm ( 3 /8") in from the edge, stopping either side of the wrist opening. Snip the seam allowance between the thumb and mitt, trim the seam to 0.5cm (¼") and cut darts along the curved edges. Turn RS out and tuck the lining into the outer piece with WS together, lining up the edges of the wrist opening.
12 Finally, take the bias binding and fold it over the open edge of the mitt all the way around, pinning it in place. Overlap the ends by about 2cm (¾"), fold the top end to the WS by 1cm ( 3 /8") and pin. Make a hanging loop as per Step 6, then fold the loop piece in half and tuck the open ends under the binding edging. Hand-sew the bias binding in place around the outer and inner edges to finish.