Sewing Basics # 7 – How to make a Pressing Mitt

Following on from the tailor’s ham tutorial… here’s another handy little pressing aid that’s quick and easy to make. Start off with a paper template like this. Roughly the size of your hand (with fingers spread) and a 1cm seam allowance added on…

Then use it to cut one piece of thermal/heat resistant wadding…
3 pieces in calico and one in a pure wool…
Cut 2 mini versions of the main pattern pieces (in either fabric it doesn’t matter) and attach to 2 of the main calico pieces to create little pockets. (These will prevent you from accidentally sliding your fingers right to the tip of the mitt where the seam will make it less heat resistant)

Hem the straight edge of the wool piece and the remaining calico piece…

Sandwich and pin all the pieces together as follows:
1. Calico with pocket – Face/Right Side Down
2. Thermal wadding
3. Calico with pocket – Face/Right side Up
4. Hemmed Wool Piece – Face/Right side up
5. Hemmed Calico Piece – Face/Right side down
Then sew all around leaving the straight edge open…

Trim the seam allowance close to the stitching and whip stitch all the way round…

Then turn inside out so the hemmed wool is on one side and the hemmed calico is on the other…
The centre should be the thermal wadding sandwiched between the 2 pieces of calico with the pockets on them…

Turn in the raw edges and hand stitch the opening closed, attaching a hanging loop if you see fit…

Et Voila!  A pressing mitt…

 Next up, a sleeve roll…

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  1. Sherry February 6, 2011

    I really must make one of these – I’m always close to burning my fingers!

  2. Tilly February 6, 2011

    Awesome! I’ve gotta make some pressing tools – my ironing board just won’t suffice anymore. Thanks for the tutorial!

  3. Anonymous November 28, 2014

    Thanks for the pattern. I have been wanting one to add to my pressing tools.

  4. susan April 27, 2015

    Thanks so much I learned a lot

    • portia April 27, 2015

      You’re welcome Susan 🙂

  5. Lynzi July 3, 2016

    I’ve really enjoyed the whole process of making your pressing mitt. The opportunity to learn whip stitch hand sewing technique has also been very useful.

    Many thanks,

    Lynzi ☺

    • Portia Lawrie July 4, 2016

      Ah good! Hand sewing is one of those things that I never WANT to do, but find enjoyable when I do it. Go figure, lol!


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