Tis the season to start thinking about homemade gifts for the special people on your list. Today I’m joining a bunch of great Canadian Bloggers for the Canadian Handmade Holiday Event, just look for the hashtag #CNDHandmadeHoliday and enjoy all their beautiful Handmade Holiday ideas!
This weekend I used some old wool sweaters to make some nice cozy mittens for my daughter and husband. I love how they turned out, so soft and warm and easy to make too.
I started out with some felted wool sweaters. Pick-up some 100% wool sweaters at the thrift store, and wash them in hot, hot water, and then put them in a hot dryer. The wool will felt, and they’ll be nice and thick and won’t fray when cut. I made a simple pattern by tracing around their hands, and then adding a seam allowance. If you wanted them to be a surprise, you could also use an old pair of mittens as a pattern. Don’t forget you need four pieces in total, two for the left hand, two for the right -so flip over the pattern for the second set.
Before you sew your pieces together you can add any embellishments you like. I cut out simple hearts and added to my daughters, and sewed a few buttons on the pair for husband. Next step is to pin right sides together and sew them together. Before turning them right-side-out, trim the seam quite close in the thumb, so there isn’t too much bulk in the thumb when you turn them right-side-out.
They’re so warm and cozy, and it only took me about an hour to make one pair.
Perfect for hand holding on a cold day.
Or, perfect for gift giving to someone special on your list this year. With homemade sweater mittens, life really is a party!
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