Do you have sweaters lying around your house that you haven’t worn in years? After years of wear, many retire sweaters to boxes in the attic or the back or drawers. However, you can still get years of use out of those sweaters, breathing new life into them by using them to make a pair of mittens to keep you warm and toasty this winter.
You will need…
- Sewing machine
- Make a pattern by tracing one of your hands onto a piece of paper, with your hand at a 30-degree angle. Rather than drawing the individual fingers, draw a mitten shape around the outline of the hand, adding 1/2-inch (or more for bulky sweaters).
- Cut around the pattern and pin it onto the sweater. Make sure, when you pierce the sweater with the pin, that you piece both layers. When you cut out the hand pattern you should have to pieces (both sides of the sweater).
- With the right sides of the sweater facing, pin the cutouts together. Use a sewing machine to attach them together, leaving a 1/4-inch seam allowance. To create smooth curves around the fingers, pick up the foot and sew slowly, rotating the mitten as you sew.
- To prevent your mitten from fraying, sew around the mitten again, this time leaving just a 1/8-inch seam allowance.
- Turn the mitten right-side out and press the seams flat so they lay smoothly. Repeat these steps with the second mitten.
Not only will your new mittens make great use of those old, worn out sweaters, they also make great gifts for friends and family!
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