Merry Mittens
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Merry Mittens

No one will mind bundling up for the cold with these delightful mittens to keep hands warm. With these ideas to inspire you, each pair you make can be one-of-a-kind.

Heart and Star Mittens

You can make a matching pair of hearts or stars, or one of each.

What You Need:

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Above left, Denim Mittens.
Above right, Heart and Star Mittens.

  • Tracing paper and pencil
  • Fusible web paper; scissors
  • 1/2 yard print corduroy
  • 1/2 yard lining fabric
  • Two 6-1/2x6-1/2-inch pieces of fleece (for cuffs)
  • 20 inches of 1/4-inch-wide elastic
  • 4x4-inch piece of imitation suede, such as Ultrasuede (for hearts or stars)
  • 1-1/2x1-1/2-inch pieces of imitation suede, in 6 different colors (for circles)
  • Embroidery floss in desired colors

Instructions:

1. Download the patterns. Downloading requires free Adobe Acrobat software. Enlarge the patterns if necessary so that 1 square equals 1 inch, and trace onto fusible web paper. Trace circles separately from heart or star. Cut out patterns.

 

2. Cut pieces. When cutting shapes from mitten and lining fabrics, reversing the shapes for the opposite mitten. Fuse decorative pattern pieces to corresponding imitation suede. Cut out.

3. Attach decorations to mitten front. Fuse decorations to mitten front. Blanket-stitch around outside edge using 3 strands of floss.

4. Stitch mitten seams with right sides together, using a 1/4-inch seam allowance. Stitch the thumb gusset around the curved edge from A to B. Stitch the inner seam of thumb and palm, tapering to a point at A. Cut the elastic in half. Machine-zigzag over the elastic stretched on the wrong side of the palm/thumb, 3 inches down from the top edge. Trim the excess elastic. Stitch mitten palm to back, along side and finger curve. Turn right side out.

5. Stitch lining. Repeat step 3 for the lining, leaving an opening for turning in side seam.

6. Decorate cuffs with blanket stitches around the bottom edge.

7. Stitch cuffs. Stitch ends of each cuff together. Press seams open. Fold cuff in half with wrong sides facing and matching raw edges.

8. Attach mitten and cuff. Ease-stitch along the top edge of the cuff and baste to the mitten.

9. Assemble mitten. Slip mitten into lining, matching side seams and thumb. Stitch top edge. Slip-stitch opening in lining closed. Tuck the lining into mitten and turn cuff down.

Denim Mittens

Denim is always fashionable -- especially when paired with fleece and decorated with buttons and embroidery.

What You Need:

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Above left, Denim Mittens.
Above right, Heart and Star Mittens.

  • Tracing paper and pencil
  • Fusible web paper; scissors
  • 1/2 yard denim (you can start with smaller pieces from jeans)
  • 1/2 yard lining fabric
  • Two 6-1/2x6-1/2-inch pieces of fleece (for cuffs)
  • 20 inches of 1/4-inch-wide elastic
  • Sew-through buttons
  • Cotton embroidery floss

Instructions:

1. Download the pattern. Download requires free Adobe Acrobat software. Enlarge the pattern if necessary so that 1 square equals 1 inch, and trace onto fusible web paper. Cut out pattern.

2. Make two patchworks from denim, allowing enough fabric for mitten fronts.

3. Cut shapes from mitten and lining fabrics (reversing the shapes for the opposite mitten).

4. Trim mitten fronts. Trim as desired using embroidery floss and specialty stitches such as feather, lazy daisy, French knot, blanket, and straight stitches. Add buttons where desired, taking care not to overlap into seam allowance.

5. Stitch mitten seams with right sides together, using a 1/4-inch seam allowance. Stitch the thumb gusset around the curved edge from A to B. Stitch the inner seam of thumb and palm, tapering to a point at A. Cut the elastic in half. Machine-zigzag over the elastic stretched on the wrong side of the palm/thumb, 3 inches down from the top edge. Trim the excess elastic. Stitch mitten palm to back, along side and finger curve. Turn right side out.

6. Stitch lining. Repeat step 3 for the lining, leaving an opening for turning in side seam.

7. Stitch cuffs. Stitch ends of each cuff together. Press seams open. Trim cuffs with buttons or embroidery as desired. Fold each cuff in half with wrong sides facing and matching raw edges.

8. Attach mitten and cuff. Ease-stitch along the top edge of the cuff and baste to the mitten.

9. Assemble mitten. Slip mitten into lining, matching side seams and thumb. Stitch top edge. Slip-stitch opening in lining closed. Tuck the lining into mitten and turn cuff down.

Velvet Embossed Mittens

It's easy to emboss a swirl or other design onto the fabric before making these elegant mittens.

What You Need:

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These mittens add sparkle to a wintry day.

  • Tracing paper and pencil
  • Fusible web paper; scissors
  • 1/2 yard velvet mitten fabric
  • 1/2 yard lining fabric
  • Two 6-1/2x6-1/2-inch pieces of fleece (for cuffs)
  • 20 inches of 1/4-inch-wide elastic
  • Stamp for fabric embossing
  • Press cloth
  • Iron and ironing board
  • 60 small rhinestones for mittens
  • 32 large rhinestones for cuffs
  • Fabric/jewel glue

Instructions:

1. Download the pattern. Download requries free Adobe Acrobat software. Enlarge the pattern if necessary so that 1 square equals 1 inch, and trace onto fusible web paper. Cut out pattern.

 

2. Cut shapes from mitten and lining fabrics (reversing the shapes for the opposite mitten).

3. Emboss velvet. Work on a hard, protected surface. Turn the stamp upside down. Place the mitten front right side down on the stamp. Place slightly damp press cloth on fabric and press with medium hot iron (no steam) for 20 seconds. DO NOT slide the iron or rock it as this may distort the embossing. Test the fabric before beginning with mitten pieces.

4. Stitch mitten seams with right sides together, using a 1/4-inch seam allowance. Stitch the thumb gusset around the curved edge from A to B. Stitch the inner seam of thumb and palm, tapering to a point at A. Cut the elastic in half. Machine-zigzag over the elastic stretched on the wrong side of the palm/thumb, 3 inches down from the top edge. Trim the excess elastic. Stitch mitten palm to back, along side and finger curve. Turn right side out.

5. Stitch lining. Repeat step 3 for the lining, leaving an opening for turning in side seam.

6. Stitch cuffs. Stitch ends of each cuff together. Press seams open. Fold cuff in half with wrong sides facing and matching raw edges.

7. Attach mitten and cuff. Ease-stitch along the top edge of the cuff and baste to the mitten.

8. Assemble mitten. Slip mitten into lining, matching side seams and thumb. Stitch top edge. Slip-stitch opening in lining closed. Tuck the lining into mitten and turn cuff down.

9. Add rhinestones. Decorate mittens with rhinestone details as desired.

Ribbon-Trimmed Mittens

You can make practically any decoration on these mittens, using your favorite bits of ribbon.

What You Need:

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A little ribbon goes a long way.

  • Tracing paper and pencil
  • Fusible web paper; scissors
  • 1/2 yard green wool
  • 1/2 yard lining fabric
  • Two 6-1/2x6-1/2-inch pieces of plaid corduroy (for cuffs)
  • 20 inches of 1/4-inch-wide elastic
  • 1/2 yard each of 4 different ribbons, 1/2 inch to 5/8 inch wide

Instructions:

1. Download the pattern. Download requires free Adobe Acrobat software. Enlarge the pattern if necessary so that 1 square equals 1 inch, and trace onto fusible web paper. Cut out pattern.

 

2. Cut shapes from mitten and lining fabrics (reversing the shapes for the opposite mitten).

3. Stitch mitten seams with right sides together, using a 1/4-inch seam allowance. Stitch the thumb gusset around the curved edge from A to B. Stitch the inner seam of thumb and palm, tapering to a point at A. Cut the elastic in half. Machine-zigzag over the elastic stretched on the wrong side of the palm/thumb, 3 inches down from the top edge. Trim the excess elastic. Stitch mitten palm to back, along side and finger curve. Turn right side out.

4. Stitch lining. Repeat step 3 for the lining, leaving an opening for turning in side seam.

5. Stitch cuffs. Stitch ends of each cuff together. Press seams open. Fold cuff in half with wrong sides facing and matching raw edges.

6. Attach mitten and cuff. Ease-stitch along the top edge of the cuff and baste to the mitten.

7. Assemble mitten. Slip mitten into lining, matching side seams and thumb. Stitch top edge. Slip-stitch opening in lining closed. Tuck the lining into mitten and turn cuff down.

8. For woven ribbon mittens: Using the photo as a guide, weave four ribbons on each mitten front. Topstitch in place.

9. For tailored bow mittens: Overlap the ends of a 6-inch piece of ribbon. Hand-stitch so the seam is centered at the bottom. Cover the center front and back seam with same color ribbon and stitch in place.

Snowman and Snowflake Mittens

Two classic symbols of winter pair up on these mittens to brighten any stormy day.

What You Need:

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Buttons and embroidery add details.

  • Tracing paper and pencil
  • Fusible web paper; scissors
  • 1/2 yard black-and-white checked wool (for mittens)
  • 1/2 yard lining fabric
  • Two 6-1/2x6-1/2-inch pieces of red velvet (for cuffs; we chose quilted velvet)
  • 20 inches of 1/4-inch-wide elastic
  • 5x5-inch piece of white fabric (for snowman)
  • 5x5-inch piece of a different white fabric (for snowflake)
  • 2x3-inch piece of black fabric (for snowman's hat)
  • 2x3-inch piece of red fabric (for snowman's scarf)
  • Black, brown, orange, red, and white cotton embroidery floss
  • 2 red heart-shaped buttons (1 for center of snowflake, 1 for end of snowman's scarf)
  • 6 white heart-shaped buttons (for ends of snowflake)
  • 2 shirt buttons, 3/8-inch, gray or black (for snowman body)

Instructions:

1. Download the patterns. Download requires free Adobe Acrobat software. Enlarge the patterns if necessary so that 1 square equals 1 inch, and trace onto fusible web paper. Cut out patterns.

 

2. Cut pieces. Fuse decorative patterns to the corresponding fabrics. Cut out. When cutting shapes from mitten and lining fabrics, reverse the shapes for the opposite mitten.

3. Decorate mitten fronts. Fuse snowflake, snowman, hat, and scarf pieces into position. Add details using buttons and embroidery stitches (see pattern pages for stitching how-tos). Blanket-stitch around outside edges of snowman, his hat, and his scarf.

4. Stitch mitten seams with right sides together, using a 1/4-inch seam allowance. Stitch the thumb gusset around the curved edge from A to B. Stitch the inner seam of thumb and palm, tapering to a point at A. Cut the elastic in half. Machine-zigzag over the elastic stretched on the wrong side of the palm/thumb, 3 inches down from the top edge. Trim the excess elastic. Stitch mitten palm to back, along side and finger curve. Turn right side out.

5. Stitch lining. Repeat step 3 for the lining, leaving an opening for turning in side seam.

6. Stitch cuffs. Stitch ends of each cuff together. Press seams open. Fold cuff in half with wrong sides facing and matching raw edges.

7. Attach mitten and cuff. Ease-stitch along the top edge of the cuff and baste to the mitten.

8. Assemble mitten. Slip mitten into lining, matching side seams and thumb. Stitch top edge. Slip-stitch opening in lining closed. Tuck the lining into mitten and turn cuff down.

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