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Saturday, October 27, 2012

DIY Wool Mittens (from an old sweater)

This one has been making the rounds of Pinterest for a while, but I'm here today to confirm,

"Yes, you can make mittens from an old sweater."

The one thing those little pictographics don't tell you is that you should felt the sweater first. This will keep the sweater from unravelling when you cut. To felt a wool sweater, simply throw it in the washing machine and dryer - you know, those steps you absolutely avoid if the sweater is a keeper. Felting causes the threads to shrink up and meld together to form felt fabric. The most important part of felting is to make sure your sweater is 100% wool. Blends will not shrink down nearly as well. Ideally the individual threads shouldn't be visible when you're finished. Sometimes you need to repeat the washing step to reach ideal felting quality. Some people felt their sweaters in laundry bags to keep the fuzz from getting in their washing machine. I didn't do this, but cleaning out the tub by hand wasn't a big deal. 

In short, 

Step one: Felt a wool sweater.

Step two: Trace around your hand to make a paper pattern piece. 
I traced about a 1/4" larger than my actual hand, but I think I will do a 1/2" next time. I ended up having to stitch right on the edge to leave my hand enough room inside!

Step three: Pin your hand pattern to the sweater. 
Position the base of your hand right above the sweater's ribbed bottom. 

Step four:  Cut out your pieces, beginning at the sweater's bottom edge and cutting straight up. 
This will give you a nicely ribbed wrist. Why let that good ribbing go to waste???
Make sure you flip over the pattern to create the other half of each glove.

Step five: With right sides together, stitch around the edge of your glove. 
See how close to the edge I had to stitch? Live and learn. 
Make sure you like how the glove fits. I ended up trimming the main part of the hand so it wasn't awkwardly long.

Step six: Repeat to make another glove. Turn gloves inside out and voila!

I think I need to finish picking off the fuzz.

Bring on that 50* weather expected this week!! These gloves are so warm.


  1. I love these! I wish I hadn't gotten rid of all my old sweaters! Now I'll have to go thrifting. Love yours, they're so cute!!

  2. i need to show this to my mom, she loves making creations out of old sweaters. This looks so simple!

  3. These are great. I have been thinking about trying this for a while and now I think I will! Thanks for sharing.
    Donna @

  4. What a fabulous idea! I just made a rug from old sweaters...I wish I would have saved some of the leftover fabric and I could have made me some mittens :) So cute! I am now following and I look forward to future visits :) Have a lovely day.


  5. What a fabulous way to use an old sweater. I love it! I've pinned something similar for making hats out of old sweaters. I love your idea, too, and can always use another pair of mittens. :-) Jessica

  6. This is such a great idea! I have so many old sweaters. I am off to search for one.
    Thanks for sharing. I am your newest follower.

  7. Oh my goodness, these are too cute! I'll need these for the snow over here in North Carolina! I'd love for you to share these at my link party!


  8. These are so cute! I love making new things out of old clothes. I co-host a weekly link party that runs from Tuesday to Thursday. I would love for you to link up, if you have the time. Have a great week!

  9. Those are so great! Love them. I hope you'll stop by and link up to Make It Wear It Thursday at!

  10. OMG - adorable! Great tutorial - easy to follow! I just love these! Thanks for linking up to the Keep Calm and Link Up! Hope to see you back next week!

  11. So cute idea!!! Love gloves! Thanks so much for sharing the great tutorial! I'd love for you to visit my blog.
    Happy weekend!

    Hugs from Portugal,

    Ana Love Craft

  12. So cute! They look great with that jacket!
    It's great for those old and felted sweaters.

    I would love for you to join my swap!

  13. That is a great idea. I've been wondering how to do that!

  14. Oh these are too cute! I ALWAYS love seeing your projects. Thanks for linking up at Doodles & Stitches :)

  15. Thanks for linking to make the Scene Monday, you are being featured later this evening!

  16. These are very cute and SO easy! I've been collecting wool thrift shop sweaters for this very reason :) Now - to pull them out and make the mittens!

  17. Love how simple and budget-friendly this is! I need to remember that I can repurpose my sweaters, rather than just get rid of them when they become worn. Thanks for the great tutorial!

  18. How cute! I love repursose project like this, thank you for linking to my party!

  19. Adorable! Love that you repurposed a sweater! Great pics too:)
    Thanks for linking up to Keep Calm and Link Up!
    Barbara at Chase the Star
    chasethestar dot net

  20. Thank you! Thank you!!

  21. They're great!!! Thanks for sharing ;)

  22. Thanks for sharing on Recycled Fashion Finds, this is a great winter project!



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