Sunday, October 15, 2017

Smittens Recycled sweaters

To make sweater mittens you will need the following items:
Sewing Machine / Needle and thread
Sewing Pin

 To get started turning your sweater into a pair of mittens we need to make a pattern of our hand (or the hands of the person that we’re making the mittens for) Trace around the hand shape in a larger mitten shape, leaving space between hand and edge of mitten shape because your hand needs some room in there AND we need some seam allowance for sewing the mitten together! and be sure to make the wrist even a little bit larger to make sure hands can fit into the mittens

 Now prepare the sweater that you will be cutting up!  Op shops are great places to find sweaters and even sweat shits work well. Matched up the bottom hem and smoothed it out flat…

 Once your sweater is laid out with a nice flat area lay on the pattern with the wrist lined up with the bottom of the sweater… the hem on the sweater will become the cuff of your mitten!… if the sweater has a long hem you could extend the mitten pattern down to accommodate the extra fabric that you could then fold up into a nice cuff!
 Once you’re happy with the mitten position on the sweater you have to trace the pattern onto the sweater with your marker!… don’t worry – the sweater is inside out so you are marking on the inside… and we still have to cut it out and sew the mitten together… the marker will not be viewable if there is some that didn’t get cut away…

 Cut out your mitten!… work slowly as you’ll be cutting through two layers of the sweater to make each mitten
 Once the mittens have been cut out pin around each mitten to hold the two layers of sweater together… this will help keep them from slipping apart while you are sewing

 Once you’re all pinned you can hand sew or machine sew around the mitten… don’t forget to back stitch at the beginning and end to ensure the stitches don’t come loose!…

 Machine or hand sew around the mittens 

Trim off any excess seam that may get bulky inside and then turn your mittens right side out… then of course take it for a test spin!.. you just worked hard at making the mitten… its time to test the fit!

These are so cute and make great gifts

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