Making Mittens Out of Wool Sweaters

September 27, 2009

purple wool sweaterHow to make mittens from sweaters? Any ideas?

By Darlene Johnson from Wisconsin Rapids, WI



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The way I made them many years ago for my kids was to lay their hand on the waistband of an old sweater. In fact, I bought the sweaters in thrift shops to save money.
Place their wrist on the waist band, and use that as the cuff of the mitten. With chalk or marker, draw a line around the thumb and then the fingers, starting at the edge of the sweater where the wrist is positioned. Pin both thicknesses of the sweater together just inside the line. Then sew with the sewing machine using a fairly small stitch, on the line. After sewing, cut the mitten outside the stitching. Turn seam to inside if you like.
Harlean from Arkansas

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December 2, 2011

Does anyone know how to make mittens (for decorations) from old sweaters? Thanks and Merry Christmas!

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Where you go on internet to search, type: Patterns for Sweater Mittens. There are many, there is one where you can make a child's mittens from the sleeves using the cuffs of the arms.


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Wow, I just read how to do this on another site, here's a link:

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January 19, 2017

A worn or stained sweater can find new life as a pair or two of mittens. This is a page about recycled sweater mittens.

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I would like information on using wool sweaters to make mittens.

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