Upcycle Jeans and Make an Oven Glove

This oven glove has a lovely gingham lining and thermal battling will be used to reduce heat and save your hands. Summer is just around the corner and any man would be happy toting this over the bbq too. We put in a loop to hang and magnets if you want to hang it off your metal oven (this is a feature we love!)

To Make:

Cut the 2 back pockets off a pair of jeans, keeping approx. 2cm all around, plus the stitching above them, towards the waistband (approx. 6 or 7 cm above pockets). Cut a plain piece of denim approx. 48cm long by 19cm (This width needs to be the width of the pockets plus 4cm)

Cut a piece of thermal batting 80 x 15cm.

Cut a piece of contrasting fabric 85 x 19cmPlace the denim & the fabric RS together.

Cut a piece of ribbon (at least 2cm wide) 22cmlong. Fold in half & sew the 2 long edges, to create a tube. Feed 2 magnets into this tube, until they get near the middle.

Fold the ribbon in half & place it half way along the denim & fabric so the main part is hidden inside & the 2 raw ends are sticking out. Pin in place.

TIP –when using 2 magnets, check which way they want to go –one way they will repel each other, even though they’re side by side, & the other way they quite happily sit next to each other. Sew along 3 sides of the denim / fabric–2 long & 1 short.

Turn RS outFeed the thermal batting down inside this ‘tube’.

The 3 layers of fabric; denim; & batting need to be kept together, so the batting doesn’t move over time / when washed. You may choose to do some lines of stitching, or some decorative stitching for this purpose. (this has a pleasing ‘quilting’ effect) But remember that both sides are visible on the end product, so both need to be equally neat! We simply did 3 stitches over the top of each other, & tied them off –at 4 places along the length of the oven glove.

Finally, fold in the last short end & sew closed, & iron.


Use felt as it doesn’t fray at edges. Draw the design onto the felt (you can use tailors chalks, or vanishing fabric markers),  you can simply cut out shapes to sew onto the denim, or embroider onto the felt. Cut out the shapes & sew onto the denim using blanket stitch around the edges.


You can come up with their own designs. Among the simplest stitches are running; back; chain; & French knots. Bear in mind that an upcycled project is likely to look less ‘neat’ than one using new materials, due to the nature of ‘undoing’ the original. But this can add to the unique feel of the project.

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