“Playing kitchen” is a favorite past time for many children. My children love using this kid’s play oven mitt and pot holder to cook up their favorite things in the Step2 Grande Luxe Play Kitchen. I’m happy to be working with Step2 today as a part of their Step2 Brand Ambassador team. A huge “thank you” to them for providing a Grand Luxe Play Kitchen for the purposes of this post.
As I write this, I’m currently eating a plastic strawberry while sipping non-existent tea from a little blue cup. If you are a parent of a little one, then you probably completely understand the meaning of that sentence. It’s not a metaphor; it’s real life with preschooler! In my case, make that life with three preschoolers. Having triplet boys is madness of its own kind, but this is multiplied when they all want to “play kitchen” and feed Mommy their special concoctions. They have been immersed in their new play kitchen. The Grand Luxe from Step2 comes with details that were previously only in kids’ dreams. My boys have been getting so much use out of it that I decided to make them a few personalized items, starting with this Kid’s Play Oven Mitt and Pot Holder.
Please note: This is a tutorial for a PLAY Oven Mitt and Pot Holder. It is not for use in, around, or near a real oven. It is not heat proof. Items made with this tutorial are for play purposes only.
- Fat quarter of fabric
- Light weight batting (a scrap is fine)
- Sewing machine
- Coordinating thread
- Coordinating bias tape
First, make your own pattern for the pot holder and oven mitt. The pot holder is fairly easy. It’s simply a square of fabric. For the oven mitt, trace one of your own oven mitts. Draw or trace the shape on a piece of paper and cut it out.
Oven Mitt- Fold the fabric right sides together. Pin the pattern to the fabric. Cut it out. You now how two oven mitt pieces.
Pot Holder- Cut two pieces from the square pattern.
Repeat with the batting, cutting only one piece for the pot holder. Once finished, you should have cut two oven mitt fabric pieces, two pot holder fabric pieces, two oven mitt batting pieces, and one pot holder batting piece.
Oven Mitt- Place one piece of batting on the back of each fabric piece. Pin it in place. Sew zig zag lines down the oven mitt to “quilt” the batting and fabric together. Repeat with the other oven mitt piece.
Pot Holder- Place the piece of batting in between the WRONG sides of each pot holder fabric piece. Sew zig zag lines down the pot holder.
Once finished, you should have two oven mitt pieces (both quilted) and one pot holder piece.
Let’s finish the pot holder. Take the bias tape and wrap it around the pot holder, pinning every little bit and sandwiching the pot holder in between the bias tape. When you get to the end, wrap the bias tape in a circle and pin.
Sew the bias tape close to the edge. I’m not winning any awards for this step!
Now the pot holder is finished!
Let’s finish the oven mitt.
Fold a small piece of bias tape and pin to an oven mitt edge with the tape facing inwards.
Pin the two oven mitt pieces, right sides together. Sew around the pinned edges with a 1/4″ seam allowance.
Turn oven mitt right side out.
Wrap bias tape around the bottom of the oven mitt, sandwiching in the oven mitt edge.
Sew close to the edge.
Kids will receive unlimited kitchen play time with the new Grand Luxe Play Kitchen from Step2!
With the Grand Luxe, you may find yourself wishing it came in an adult version! With working oven and refrigerator lights, a k-cup maker, and oh-so-much storage, this is the ultimate play kitchen!
The play food is a step above the play food that normally accompanies play kitchens. It is “cuttable” with a play knife (which is great for fine motor skills!).
The Grand Luxe is currently available at Toys “R” Us retailers. Be sure to check the page for specifications. While luxurious, the kitchen is larger than most play kitchens, so you’ll definitely want to grab the dimensions and measure your play area space before making this purchase.
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