More Repurposed Sweater Mittens

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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.  
collage of 4 images showing how to make sweater mittens with title text reading Repurposed Sweater Mittens
green and white sweater laying on table
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. 
pink and maroon scarf on white table
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. 
  
mitten pattern on top of pink fabric and scissors cutting around pattern
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 didn’t’ 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. 
pink and maroon mitten
  
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.
white paper pattern of mitten shape on top of sweater
Next, I moved on to the pretty green sweater.   
2 green and white sweater mittens
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!

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24 Comments

  1. I was just looking at a pile of sweaters in my closet that I’m quite sure I would never wear again and I’m not sure anyone else would either. This is a perfect solution!

  2. I just love these mittens! It has been so cold lately that I could use both pairs! I love felting things and repurposing them. I made a super warm lap quilt once by using old sweaters!

  3. Hi Susan – So I’m not sure if I’m wishing I was small enough to fit into the sweater, or tough enough to take the mittens away from your daughter! Kidding of course! These are just so dang cute I can’t even stand it. Your talent always amazes me and I can’t wait to see your next project. Hugs, Holly

    1. I’m still grinning because my daughter wore the mittens to school today. How about we find a sweater and make a pair of mittens just for you.

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  5. You know I love these mittens. I want to drop by and thank you for linking this great post to the Living Big on Less Money link party!

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  7. Would love to know more about your upcycled sweater bins but the link doesn’t work and a seRch of your site doesn’t understand them. Can you help please! Love the mittens. Thanks for sharing.

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