Sweater to Mittens = Smittens DIY

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Looking for the perfect DIY gift? You can make a pair of cozy, warm, fleece lined mittens from a couple of outdated sweaters in under an hour. I like to call these “Smittens.” Your friends and family will love receiving a unique pair of earth friendly, handmade Smittens this holiday season.

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Things You'll Need

  • Two coordinating sweaters
  • 1/4 yard of fleece
  • Buttons
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Cut off one of the sweater arms to use for the mitten top.

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Pin and cut two mitten tops (pattern piece #3) from the sweater sleeve. If you’re using a striped sweater, be sure to match the stripes.

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Cut 4 inches off the bottom of each coordinating sweater sleeve. Set these aside for later to use for the mitten cuffs.

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Pin and cut two pieces of pattern piece #1 and pattern piece #2 from the coordinating sweater.

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Your outer mitten pieces will look like this. It’s a good idea to lay them out this way to ensure you will end up with a right and a left mitten.

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Place the right sides together like the photo. This is very important so you don’t end up with two left thumbs.

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Pin together matching the marks on the pattern. Start at one pin and sew around the mitten to the other pin with a 1/4 inch seam allowance.

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Open this piece and place it on the mitten top piece with right sides together.

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Pin and sew around the outside edge of the mitten with a 1/4 inch seam allowance. Leave the bottom open.

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Repeat this process with the fleece lining pieces.

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Turn the lining right side out and place the cuff over the bottom edge of the lining with right sides together. Line up the raw edges and sew a 1/4 inch seam around the bottom edge of the mitten lining.

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Turn the fleece lining inside out.

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Place the lining on your hand.

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Turn the outside of the mitten right side out and slide it over the lining so now wrong sides are together.

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Fold the cuff up over the raw edge and attach with a button.

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And now you have the perfect, inexpensive, DIY gift- a unique pair of warm and toasty Smittens.

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