I have wanted to make mittens for quite some time. My first thought was knitted mittens using some of the handspun yarn, I have stashed away. But, knitted mittens sound challenging, and I already have enough knitting projects on the needles.
I decided to sew, instead of knit a pair. We just "restored" a vintage Dressmaker sewing machine that was given to me and it was in need of a "test run".
Have you seen the sweater mittens? I have seen them at Fiber Fairs, craft shows, and Pinterest. I loved the look!
Perfect project for that bin of felted wool sweaters.
If you don't have any, thrift stores are a great place to find them. They need to be at least 70 percent wool. (100 percent wool works best).
To felt them (shrink) just wash them in hot water cycle. 2 washes is usually all that is needed.
I gathered up supplies-
Felted Wool Sweaters
Fabric for lining (I used fleece fabric)
Good Fabric Scissors (I had to buy a new pair)
Pattern (I used a free pattern from Hobby Farm)
I watched several videos, and read through several tutorials. I found this one very helpful on YouTube - Mitten Tutorial
Most tutorials use the same method to make the mittens.
I found a free pattern at Hobby Farms (I used the mitten pattern but not their tutorial) The first pair I did fit great, WITHOUT the lining...
|These will be perfect for winter chores|
I traced a larger pattern for the next pair, so I could add a lining.
**There are other free patterns to use, if you do an online search. If you use the pattern from Hobby Farms, plan on making it larger if you want to have a lining in the mittens.
I know my way around a sewing machine, but I am far from a seamstress. This is an easy, fun project, that takes less than one hour. You can add embroidery, buttons, use different sweater patterns for front and back to make quite a variety of mittens. The daughter I made these for, wanted plain and simple.
These are the warmest, coziest mittens I have ever tried on!
I will definitely be making me a pair.