I have so much to say and so little time to say it in, so I'd better cut to the chase.
My friend was wearing *the cutest* little mitten set a few weeks ago. She said her sister had made them for her, which I thought was super cool (and realllyyy made me want to meet her sister!). It was a set of felted wool mittens with an inside set of mittens serving as a liner. I really liked the idea of the mittens having a liner, because in Michigan the extra warmth is often necessary. I thought it would be super easy to make myself. What can be easier than mittens? I believe hers were made with fleece, but I wanted to get rid of some extra sweaters anyway and thought we should use those instead.
Here we go!
(1) Lay out your sweater and trace: if you have a pair of mittens that you want to use as a template, that's great. If not, use your own hand! If you're using a template, don't forget to add seam allowance. If you're using your hand- add LOTS of seam allowance! You want your hand to have some room. You'll need less room, though, if these are liners because they'll need to fit inside your other mittens. **note**, I placed mine at the bottom edge of the sweater. This gave me a ready made hem/pretty edge. Here's to the easiest route!
|Cut and pinned!|
(3) Sew: If you're using felted wool- be sure to use a heavy duty needle! Good grief, I think sewing the felted wool was the hardest part of the whole project. If you don't know what felted wool is, stay tuned.
|Liner peeking from mitten|
If you want to make these into regular mittens, let's continue!
You'll want to add something to keep them tight to your wrist. Ideally, you'd use elastic. I didn't have any on hand... sooo... I used hair ties. It isn't a bad idea if you have small wrists.
(1) Size the elastic: wrap the elastic around your wrist to see how much you need for the right fit. It's ok if it isn't tight because it will need to stretch around fabric. Hot glue the ends together.
|Gluing down elastic|
(3) Add a snap: On the same edge that you just glued down, add either a snap or clasp/clamp. I used some extra pieces from a shoe embellishment tutorial. The idea is that you want to attach the loose end of the ribbon to the other side without gluing it down. With the clamp, you can tighten the ribbon to fit your wrist once you have the mittens on. I feel like this is the confusing part of the blog, so if it doesn't make sense, feel free to ask questions and I'd be happy to sort it out for you.
|As a mitten|
That's all I have time for today. You can see from the picture that there are other parts to this blog. I didn't even get to the etc part! However, I *have* to leave for job #3 right now, so they'll have to wait until tomorrow. Check back, though, because there is more than even the picture shows! I hope you have a wonderfully warm day, and as always, thanks for reading! Pin It