You know you have them.
.Â Those sweaters, lurking in the back of the closet that you just can not bring yourself to part with.Â The ones that have shrunk (one way or another), or whose style is simply out of fashion (but you love the color of), or are just simply too ragged for everyday wear, but you simply can not pass on to the thrift store.
I have a couple of those. One was from my younger days, and given in love by a friend. Now pink has never gone very well with red hair, but that has never stopped me from loving that color. And I wore that sweater until I ran it ragged. I am sure you have something similar hanging in your closet.
What if I told you there was a new life for that sweater?
What if I shared with you a simple way to turn that lovely sweater into a pair of warm, soft mittens?
Yep. Or how about even turning it into a Â pair of mittens and matching hat?
We did it. You can do it to.
Just follow the pictures and before you know it, that beloved sweater is going to become your next favorite pair of mittens!
Welcome to our first installment of
Here we go!
*Take your sweater, and lay it flat on a flat stable surface.
*Lay your hand on the sweater and, using the bottom hem of the sweater, or the cuff of the sleeve, to create a finished edge, trace a nice comfortable mitten shape around your hand. Use a sewing pin and carefully pin the mitten shape right in the middle so that it will not shift when you are cutting it out.
Now here is where you need to decide if you are going to stop with one layer or two. We live in a very harsh winter climate, so we always make ourselves double layer mittens. To do this, you simply trace out a double for each hand.
*Now, while you can sew the seams by hand if you have no access to a sewing machine, using a whip stitch, Â it is much faster to sew on a sewing machine.
*Sew each layer separately, in other words, if you are doing a double layer mitten, sew four mittens. Here was my first attempt, and I sewed all the layers at same time, making a bulky seam inside the mitten. While it works fine, the other method is much more comfortable. Just wanted to show that we bloggers Â make mistakes too. 🙂
*Then turn one right side out, and slip it over the one that is still inside out, and sew it together around the cuff. Repeat with the other two mittens.
This gives you a very comfortable, no inside seam, mittens, that are warm and sized exactly to fit your hands!
Here are two very happy little girls with their mittens (they had to share the hat). I made the second set from the fabric left above where I cut out the hat in the body of the sweater and hemmed the wrists. 🙂
*heads up on this—using a thinner or ribbed knit sweater makes it twice as hard to make a good mitten shape, or keep its shape when sewn. Use a thicker knit, and avoid ribbed sweater knits. 🙂
I love the idea of recycling old things to make new and useful things. I am not a sewer but have got to say. That did not look that difficult. You made it look easy.
LOVE this idea Heather!!! Will be searching for some sweater to change into mittens and hats!! 🙂
Oh what a fabulous and creative idea. I’ve never thought about this. And yes i have those sweaters I can’t seem to part with, but never wear either.
yep, that pink sweater was so hard to cut into, but now I think about that dear friend every time I slip those mittens on! And the trim is super fun to listen to while driving. 🙂 I challenge you to get one of those sweaters out and turn it into something you will use more often! 🙂
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Blessings to you,
oh my goodness you have really outdone yourself here. What a cute way to use up clothes that no longer fit, that you don’t like, or are just old. This is so cute. Who wouldn’t want to have homemade mittens. I know I would. Thanks for sharing such a great idea
Yes, there are so many fun things you can do with old clothing that is outgrown from children, or those precious pieces of clothing you cant bear to part with! These mittens are super warm as well, which is great for the cold!
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Blessings to you and yours,
I can’t sew a single stitch and don’t even own a sewing machine but you made that look super easy! What a great way to use those old sweaters. I’m Pinning this for others to enjoy!
I did not know how to sew at all, anything, until I brought my first daughter into the world. Then I was determined to learn! Now with three beautiful daughters, we have SO much fun trying it out! Hope you take that next step and start! TY for pinning for others! 🙂
Blessings to you,
This is brilliant!
I’m going to head straight to our local Goodwill to find some sweaters.
I love fun clever and EASY craft projects like this.
Good idea! We did something similar when we wanted to learn how to make slippers from sweaters, because we wanted to practice first! 🙂
Have fun–this really is super easy!
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I would have never thought to use a sweater. Great way to save one that’s very soft or pretty but stained too—just cut around the stain!
I really love this idea. Easy, inexpensive, reuse and super cute, what’s not to love! I’ll be pinning too as I think a lot of people would enjoy this.
Very cool idea! I love trying to upcycle my things whenever I can. Now if only I had a sewing machine…
You could always handstitch with a whipstitch. *wink wink* Works very quickly. 🙂
That is such a great idea. IF… you turned the sweater a quarter turn in the pic, the neck hole would be vertical, and looking at it, I saw that as an opening for the face. It would then become an “over the head” hat. mho.
EXCELLENT! I just might be trying this one–and thank you for the idea! 🙂 🙂
That looks really cute and easy! Plus, those kids! Soooo adorable! =)
Thank you! I happen to think so too! 🙂
I love this! So simple and easy. A nice way not to get rid of that special memory:)
yes and thank you! 🙂
Love this:) such a great way to up cycle that special sweater:)
I smile every time I put them on! 🙂
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What a great idea! And the hat and the mittens look absolutely adorable!
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I never thought to do that, but it’s just so smart! Brilliant, really!
Ha! I have never claimed to be brilliant, but I appreciate the kudos anyway. When I put them on the kids you should have seen the happy dance I made, LOL. They look so cute in them. 🙂
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This is so cool! thanks for sharing this! The mittens look awesome!
Thanks a million!
This great! I can’t thread a sewing machine to save my life but I can thread a needle (with strong magnifying glass) and pull off a whip stitch! I just may try this as a headband/ear warmer too 🙂 yay!!
you can do it! The sleeves on a looser sweater are great for making a tube headband. 🙂
Wow, that was really a brilliant idea! I have some clothes that hard to let go. I will apply this.