I had so much fun making upcycled mittens from repurposed sweaters last winter that I just had to try some more. These would make great gifts. They’re easy and inexpensive to make. You can personalize them by choosing colors and pattern to match your “gift-ee’s” tastes.
I went to the thrift store looking for a wool sweater to felt and repurpose and then make into upcycled mittens. I didn’t find a wool sweater that I liked. Bu-uuut…. I did find a gorgeous child’s sweater. Psst. Look in the children’s clothing for sweaters to turn into mittens. This was a size 18 months and plenty large enough to make into mittens.
I did find a wool scarf that I liked. I wasn’t sure if it would shrink too much after the felting, but I decided to give it a try because I really liked the pattern and colors.
I threw the scarf in the washer with a load of cleaning rags on hot. We use all natural cleaners so I didn’t have to worry about chemicals bleaching the scarf. I dried it on hot to continue the felting process. It didnt’ shrink much. Whew.
I used the mitten pattern I’d made earlier and laid it on the scarf. I cut out the 4 pieces for the mittens and sewed them up with just a simple strait stitch on the sewing machine.
They turned out pretty cute. And they’ll definitely be warm. Because the fabric was felted, I just left the opening of the mitten as is. It won’t unravel and I didn’t want to make it too bulky by adding a hem there.
Next, I moved on to the pretty green sweater.
To minimize the amount of sewing on this more difficult (for me the non-seamstress sew-er) fabric, I laid the pattern so the outside edge is on the sweater seam. By using the sweater seam as the outside edge of the mitten, I don’t have to sew that area.
The green mittens turned out even cuter. My oldest teen daughter snatched these up right away. I got the teen daughter vote of approval!