Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Comfort and JOY with Dawn and her wooly mittens..

Hello everyone...let me introduce myself...I’m dawn of quiltingbydawn! 
Now a while back, Madame Samm posted on her side bar the Comfort  and oy Tuts for the month of December. I have never been a guest blogger before (besides the Name Game over at Live a Colorful Life :D) but I thought I had something fun to share. 
So when Madame Samm sent me a date to be a guest blogger, I was thrilled! Even though my date is after Christmas, my tutorial can be used all winter long (for those in the Northern Hemisphere)! Thank you Madame Samm for inviting me. I am honored to be here and have the opportunity to share.
My tutorial is for mittens made from repurposed felted wool sweaters and lined with fleece. They will keep your hands very warm this winter!
Let’s get started....

Repurposed Sweater Mittens Tutorial


At least one wool sweater (I combine 2-3 sweaters to make scrappy mittens)
small scrap of yarn (about a yard)
tapestry needle (I use a #16)

Patterns Pieces:

Cutting Instructions: 
Cut 2 pieces of each from a felted wool* sweater, making sure you reverse the piece for right and left hands. If you can place your sweater pieces WST with the pattern on the sweater lined up and cut both pieces at once.

*There are many tutorials online on how to felt wool sweaters. To
learn how, try one of these tutorials: http://www.make-baby-stuff.com/felting- sweaters.html or http://www.craftstylish.com/item/2259/how-to-felt-sweaters

Cut 2 pieces of each from fleece, making sure you reverse for right and left hands.

Using the cuff from the sweater sleeve, cut across about 2” above the ribbing. This will vary depending on how big the ribbing/cuff is and how long you want the cuff of your mittens.

If you don’t have the sleeve cuffs, you can use the waist band ribbing. Cut 2 pieces approx. 9 1/2” long and about 2” about the ribbing.

Sewing:use 1/4” seam allowance 
Separate your pieces into piles for right and left hands so not to mix them up.

Right mitten: Take the thumb and the palm pieces cut from the sweater and pin together RST as shown. Carefully stitch the thumb together back stitch at the beginning and end of your seam. Ease to fit.

Now take that piece and with right sides together match to the front piece. Pin around mitten leaving bottom open. Stitch carefully. Carefully clip curves and trim seam allowance as needed. Turn right side out.

Left mitten:Following the directions for right mitten, complete the left mitten.

Fleece lining: Take the 3 fleece pieces for the right mitten and sew in same manner as for the felted sweater pieces. DO NOT TURN RIGHT SIDE OUT. Complete in same manner for left mitten.

Assembly: Take your right mitten (RS out) and fleece (WS out) and put fleece inside matching side seams and thumbs. Smooth it around so it fits well and the raw edges are even. Do the same for the left mitten.

Cuff:Take the cuff pieces and turn them WS out. With seam at the  center back, put cuff into mittens aligning the raw edges. See pictures to help visualize. The wrists on the mittens now has 3 layers:the sweater, the fleece, and the cuff. Pin the layers together. 

With a scrap of yarn and the tapestry needle, hand stitch through the 3 layers starting at the center back leaving about a 5” tail to tie a knot. Stitch about a 1/4” from the raw edge. I like using an awl to poke holes through the layers.

Once you stitch all around, tie a knot in the yarn and cut to desired length. Take the cuff out of the inside of the mitten. Embellish as desired with a button. I like to fold my cuff up and add a button depending on the length.

Cuff using waist band ribbing: If you need to use the ribbing from the waist band of the sweater instead of the cuffs, cut 2 pieces about 9 1/2” long and about 2” above the ribbing. With RST stitch 1/4” seam to make a band. It should now look like a cuff. Follow directions above to complete.

If there are any questions, please let me know and I will try to clarify. I have made many pairs of these warm mittens. By adjusting the size of the pattern I have made them man sized. The possibilities are endless! This pattern may be used for personal use only. You may not sell the pattern or the mittens made using this pattern.

men's size

I hope my tutorial brings you comfort & joy this winter! I would love to have you visit my blog and let me know what you think...I appreciate all your comments! One lucky follower of my blog will win this pair of mittens so hop on over and leave me a comment. 
Hugs and Happy Sewing! dawn


  1. These have to be so super warm - great ski mitts. Thank you for sharing.

  2. You did a great job Dawn! Cute mittens. Thank you.

  3. What a wonderful idea Dawn! My hands (and feet!) are always cold in the winter no matter what I do so these would be perfect for me. I hadn't thought about using sweaters to make them but I have a couple I could use. Thanks so much! blessings, marlene

  4. Thank you for sharing! Great idea!
    Greetings, Marita

  5. I love these mittens! You are sew creative. I may have to make them as a gift for someone who lives in a cold climate. (I hope to never need them myself). They look like they would be great for a snowball fight...or scraping ice off car windshields.
    I sew enjoy repurposed items!

    Thanks for sharing.

  6. Love these mittens. I made 19 pairs for Christmas gifts. Everyone loved them! Thanks for sharing the great tutorial.

  7. Thanks Dawn these look very warm I will have to give them a try....have a wonderful New Year.

  8. You have given me a good reason to save old sweaters...Oh no, this is NOT good for my pack rat disposition. I will have wonderful intentions to repurpose items but sadly they end up being "stored" for future use. This is a Wonderful idea and great tutorial.
    Warm New Year's Blessings
    Gmama Jane

  9. I'm VERY impressed!! I've never thought about making mittens from felted wool! what fun!! A great tutorial - you make it look easy! I just felted 4 sweaters - guess I need to give it a try! Happy New Year!!

  10. What a great idea! I'd love to try this!

  11. We love mittens in my part of the country and I love the recycle of sweaters.

  12. Good Morning Dawn...wooly mittens...its the season for warmth.. I have some old angora's sweaters that I just may tackle...shhhhh lol

  13. This is a great tutorial. I love the idea of recycling old sweaters to make new mits. Love it!!

  14. Brilliant idea and great tutorial! Thank you for sharing. Have a great 2012!

  15. What a great idea and a wonderful tute, thanks Dawn! I'm always looking for something cute to keep me warm and I'd love to have a go at these :)

  16. What a great idea. Thank you for the wonderful tutorial.

  17. Great job, Dawn! Don't tell anyone, but I have an old sweater that got too little for me...I certainly couldn't have gotten too big for it, could I? I can see mittens in my future! Thanks for the great tutorial!

  18. This post brought back memories from my younger years. A cousins Gma would make mittens similar to these and we were lucky to be recipents of many pairs of these mittens. Thanks for sharing.

  19. How clever! Thanks for the tutorial. I'd love to give this a try!


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