A List Maker's Life: Keeping Cozy

Monday, February 7, 2011

Keeping Cozy

Winter is in full force in our part of the world - yours too I bet!  For several winters I've had my eye on the cozy looking, funky fun felted mittens found in handmade shops and craft fairs.  As part of a deliciously warm birthday gift my mom and dad gave me a pair of XOB felted mittens, similar to those below, with a matching scarf.  My colorful pair is shades of pink and purple. 
They are the perfect color boost for my new gray coat, which I also love!
{photo taken from Gap online}

Studying how XOB chose unique sweaters and pieced them together for the best mittens EVER, I was inspired to try a little mitten crafting of my own.  I found a great tutorial from the DIY Dish on turning wool sweaters into mittens.  I also had the perfect sweater to experiement with bought by a friend who thought I'd love to cut the intersting buttons off of it (which I did). With the right materials on hand, and the amazing borrowed sewing machine that works WAY better than my own, I set my mind to making a sweet pink set for Anne Hope.

To begin, trace a generous line around the mitten shaped hand of the person who will be wearing the mittens.  Pin the pattern to the shrunken sweater in your desired location. 
Carefully cut a front and back for each hand.  Don't forget to flip your pattern in the opposite direction as you switch hands;)
This step is optional, but I also cut a matchy piece of flannel to line the inside of the mittens.  I think most patterns actually call for fleece, but I had extra flannel here.  Sew the flannel to the inside of each of your 4 pieces.
Once the liner was attached on all 4 pieces I pinned the pieces together outsides in before carefully stitching along the edges.  After all the edges are secured cut in a bit on the curved edges, then turn the mittens inside out.
We embellished the cuffs a bit by stitching the extra button on.  Anne Hope and I were excited about our final project.  Now we will both enjoy the snow without freezing our fingers off!
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8 comments:

  1. They are sooooooo cute and cozy
    looking. LOVE, the buttons!

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  2. How pretty, the buttons really make them.

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  3. Oh I need to make Blaze some of those!!

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  4. Ok, now I have to try this... my child is currently OBSESSED with mittens! And these are too adorable!

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  5. beautiful! I so wish i could sew :O)

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  7. You know I'm going to have to try this and I'm going to get carried away and it will get out of control, right?? RIGHT??? :-)

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  8. So Pretty! They look cozy too! Love that they are lined! Kerri

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