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Homemade Sweater Mittens

Homemade Sweater Mittens: how to make sweater mittens for children or adutls out of old wool sweaters, no knitting required, and the perfect gift.
Homemade Sweater Mittens: how to make sweater mittens for children or adutls out of old wool sweaters, no knitting required, and the perfect gift.

If you’ve ever wondered how to make sweater mittens you will love this easy tutorial.  They’re warm and pretty, and easy project even for beginnings.

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.

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how to make sweater mittens


  • old wool sweaters
  • pins
  • scissors
  • paper for a pattern
  • sewing machine
  • thread

How To Make Sweater Mittens:

1. Felting Your Sweaters

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.  

2. Make A Pattern

I made a simple pattern by tracing generously around the hands of my husband and daughter.  Then I adding a seam allowance of about a half inch.  

If you wanted them to be a surprise, you could also use an old pair of mittens as a pattern -or your own hand for adult size.  

3.  Cut Out The Pieces

Lay out your paper pattern onto the old sweater and cut it out.  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.

We lined up the pattern with the rib section on the bottom of the sweater and used it as the cuff of the mitten.  It’s a cute detail you might like not use too.

mittens made from old sweaters

4.  Add Embellishments and Sew The Mittens Together

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.

how to make sweater mittens

These are so warm and cozy, and it only took me about an hour to make one pair.

no knit mittens

Perfect for hand holding on a cold day.

diy sweater mittens

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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  1. This is SUCH a cute idea, Dannyelle! I love how this is upcycling too – I’m definitely going to remember this one!

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