Thursday, December 5, 2013

25 days of DIY Christmas: Day 3

Welcome to day 3!  I am excited to share with you a new project!  Last year at a craft show I came across the coziest mittens.  The only problem is that they were $20 a pair.  I am going to show you how you can make a pair for less than $5.
Finished Product Back and Front

What you need:
Sewing Machine
Old Sweater--or two
Printer
Black Thread
Scissors
Fleece

First you are going to need to print out the pattern here:

Front: http://cache.gawker.com/assets/images/lifehacker/2010/12/mittenfront_copy.pdf

Back: http://cache.gawker.com/assets/images/lifehacker/2010/12/mitten_palms_copy.pdf

*when cutting out the correct the pattern you are going to want to use size large.  If you have small hands--not just women's hands but SMALL hands--then use size medium.  Children ages 8-12 can use the small.*

Cut out Pieces of Sweater:

When cutting it out make sure you cut the pattern so that you have a left and a right mitten.  It avoid this make sure to flip the pattern when you cut the second piece.  I wanted a two-tone mitten so I used one sweater for the front and the other for the back.
Make sure to cut off the cuff of the sweater by 3-4 inches on each arm.  This will serve as the cuffs for your mittens.

Sew the Back Pieces Together:

It is easier to sew the back together first.  Sew the back of the fleece and sweater.  I used black thread.




Sew the Front On:
I found that since the sweaters had two different tensions there was a little I had to trim after sewing them together.
Trim the excess




Flip the Fleece so the Seams are Inside the Mitten:
Flip cuffs inside out and sew on.


Flip the Fleece Mitten back.  You Should Now Have Two Pieces.


Slide the Sweater Part over the Fleece Part.

Fold Cuff over and TaDa!
You Can Add a Button for an Embellishment if you want.


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