Day 10 is an upcycling project that can help save all those sweaters sent to an early death in the washing machine. Shrunken wool sweaters see life again as these snazzy mittens that you can customize any way you like. I kept it simple here as these were a gift and my recipient is
a lot a little classier than me!
Upcycled Sweater Mittens
Crafting Time: 20 Minutes
One felted sweater & matching quilting thread
Small red pompoms and green felt
Green sewing thread
Sewing machine, scissors, and scrap paper
Lay your hand over the scrap paper. Remember Thanksgiving turkeys? Same principle here. Just trace a mitten shape around your hand leaving about half an inch of space all around to make it larger. Once you’re happy with the size, cut it out.
Lay out sweater on a flat surface making sure the bottom hem is even. Lay the paper mitten over the sweater lining up the bottom of the mitten hand with the bottom hem of the sweater. You bottom hem will create the wrist cuff of your mittens. Carefully cut out the shape, making sure to cut both the bottom and the top of the sweater. You will now have two “mirror” hands.
Flip the paper pattern over and repeat on the second mitten.
With the right sides facing together, stitch the mirrored sweater hands together to create your mittens. Don’t sew the bottom hem! That will be the opening for your wrist. *Sewing Tip* Use a ball point sewing needle so it is less likely to catch and go for a smaller stitch length. It will help hold it together. I also went over my straight stitch with a small zigzag in any areas I thought would get a lot of strain such as the thumb.
Flip inside out and try the on. You should have enough give to make it easy to slip over the hand but not too much to make them loose. I had to do a trial run before I got mine right the first time, but most medium to large sized sweaters should have plenty of bottom hem to make about 3 mittens.
Cut green felt into holly leaf shapes and pull out 5 to 6 small sized red pompoms for the berries. Arrange your leaves and berries the way you like and stitch them down. Be careful to run your needle through the center of the pompom or you might not catch enough material for them to stay attached.
Once your holly berries are sewn together, place them on your mittens and stitch in place.