We all have a favorite sweater that went through the wash and is now short-sleeved and midriff-bearing. However much you love that sweater, don’t try to start a new fashion trend! The felted wool of your shrunken sweater is the perfect material for a sturdy, warm, unique pair of mittens. All you need is a little bit of sewing know-how.
- Make a pattern: Trace your hand on a piece of paper with fingers together and thumb separated. Cut out the pattern, leaving ½-inch margin for seams all the way around, and one or more inches on the bottom for a cuff.
- Pin the pattern to the front of your sweater, lining up the bottom edge with the sweater’s waistband for a pre-finished cuff. Cut through both sides of the sweater to create the front and back of your first mitten.
- Pin the two mitten halves together with the outside facing in.
- Sew all the way around the mitten ½-inch in from the edge. Use the measurements on your sewing machine, or eyeball it if you’re hand sewing. Make sure to leave the bottom open!
- Turn right-side-out and don your first sweater-mitten! These mittens can be worn on either hand, so repeat the steps to create the second mitten.