This tutorial was developed by the lovely people at MarthaStewart.com
Time: 30 Minutes
To get started, gather the following items:
- Sweater (we picked one up at the thrift store)
- Sewing machine
Sweater Mittens How-To
1. Make a pattern: Trace one hand on a piece of paper with the thumb at a 30-degree angle from the fingers. Draw a mitten shape around the outline of the hand, adding 1/2 inch (allow more than 1/2 inch if the sweater you are using is especially bulky).
2. Cut out the pattern and pin it onto the sweater, piercing both layers. Cut out the pattern to create two mitten shapes. For more fabric, we cut the sleeves down the seem and used both as an extra patch to cut a mitten out of.
3. With right sides facing, pin the mitten cutouts together, then with a sewing machine, sew them together, leaving a 1/4-seam allowance. Begin sewing at the cuff along the outside edge of the mitten, making sure not to stretch the fabric. For smooth curves, pick up the foot, and rotate the mitten as you sew.
4. To prevent fraying, sew around the mitten again, leaving a 1/8-inch seam allowance. Turn the mitten right-side out, and press. Repeat these steps for the second mitten.
You'll probably have leftover sweater scraps like we did, so get creative! Here's Keelin modeling the latest and greatest in sweater design:
And what would a sweater re-purposing post be without a cat sweater?