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Housewarming Gift

Welcome back to the May Arts blog!  Today’s project is sure to bring a smile in more ways than one.  First, it’s budget friendly, it can be completed in under an hour and there’s a yummy treat the recipient is sure to love!

 I was taking a tour through my favorite discount home décor store the other day looking for a small gift to welcome a new neighbor.   I gave myself a budget of $10.  I know you probably think I’ve lost my mind but I was determined to stay within my set limit.

Here’s what I found.   A quality set of 2 oven mitts, one shaped, and one flat.  The set was only $5.99.   Nice, but not too exciting, right?



When I got them home, I pulled out my May Arts Ribbon knowing they take my inexpensive purchase from ho hum to wow quickly.    After playing with the flat mitt for awhile, I realized that it was a nice size for a first aid kit and that sewing across the middle formed a natural pocket.   I spend a lot of time in the kitchen because I love to cook and bake and invariably end up with a cut or burn.  I usually have to make a mad dash for the bathroom then hunt for band-aids and other first aid supplies.  Not anymore, this pretty kit is sure to have a special place in anyone’s kitchen.


Here’s your supply list:

  • Oven Mitts – the flat one is approximately 11” x 7”
  • Sewing machine, matching thread
  • Button
  • 3 snack size zip top bags



1.  Pin the Elastic Plaid Ruffle and the String Loop ribbon to the top of the shaped oven mitt.  Sew by hand or machine.



2.  Line up the bottoms of the 3 zip top snack bags.  Position them 5 ¾” from the base of the flat oven mitt.  Sew with a narrow zig zag stitch using a sewing machine.



3.  Sew button to the front of the mitt.

4.  Pin EN10 to the front of the mitt beginning 1 ½” from the top edge making small loops as you pin.  Hand- sew the loops into place, catching only the top layer of the fabric so that your stitches don’t show on the inside.



5.  Sew the Elastic Plaid Ruffle and String Loop to the mitt by sewing machine or stitch by hand.  I used the sewing machine.




That’s it!  You’ve got a budget friendly gift, sure to be used and appreciated!   I kept to my budget too!  You can let them fill it with anything they want.  A small package of tissues fits in the mitt pocket.



Now for the yummy treat part!  When you deliver your Housewarming Gift, why not take a plate full of warm Chocolate Chip Cookies too?    You’ll please everyone in the family and will make good friends as well.



Chocolate Chip Cookies

  • 1-1/2 c. unsalted butter, softened
  • 1-1/4 c. white sugar
  • 1-1/4 c. brown sugar
  • 1 T. vanilla (real)
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 c. flour (1/2 all purpose and 1/2 whole wheat is great)
  • 2 t. baking soda
  • 1 t. salt
  • 4 c. semi-sweet chocolate chips or
  • 3 c. chips and 1 c. chopped nuts


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix butter and sugars in a large bowl with an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Add vanilla and eggs, beat again. On lowest speed, mix in flour, baking soda and salt just until combined. Stir in chocolate chips and nuts, if using, by hand. Scoop onto cookie sheets. Bake 9-12 minutes or until the centers look slightly under baked and the edges are browned. Allow to cool for a minute on the cookie sheet. Cool completely on wire racks. This recipe makes about 5 dozen. They freeze well…if you can keep them that long.


May Arts Ribbon and Chocolate chip cookies…who could ask for more?


Blog Post By: Charlene Driggs

  1. Janet Zeppa

    How creative!

  2. Sue from Oregon

    oh crafty girl…what a fun project…I was surprised!

  3. Andrea

    Luv it!!!

  4. doreen

    This is a very creative and useful idea! I really like the tranformation of the mundane to the beautiful (in fact, that’s my motto on my blog!)

  5. Melissa Minor

    What a terrific gift! Please won’t you be my neighbor??

  6. Michelle

    Absolutely brilliant idea Charlene!!

  7. Kristie Maynard

    What a great idea! Love it!

  8. Karen K

    What a creative cute idea and a chocolate chip recipe to boot! What more could you ask for.

  9. Pam Loris

    What a fabulous gift! Love how you turned the mitt into a pouch! Excellent!!

  10. Samantha T

    This is such a fun idea! We’re getting some new neighbors, I’m going to have to give this a try.

  11. Donna

    Now THIS is thinking outside the box—-what a fab idea to convert the mitt to the pouch with baggies inside! Love remaking something inexpensive into something unique, useful and so pretty!! GREAT job!

  12. sue w.

    absolutely fabulous project.
    stamping sue


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