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Christmas is over, but unfortunately there's lots of winter still to go. It seems such a shame to have to take down all the decorations and lose the festive spirit so early on, before cabin-fever has even had an opportunity to set it. Seems to me a little bit of festive decorating would help lessen the winter blues. So I thought I'd present an idea that can be the seed for many other decorating projects, and one that is very simple too.

These cute little mittens take less than 10 minutes to make. And if you make more than one, the time needed for each set is even less.
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Step 1: Make a Mitten Template and Trace

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You'll begin by making a mitten template from cardboard so you can trace around it. I have two templates I use: the one used for this tutorial, and one that's basically the same but a little taller and narrower. My templates are about 3" tall, but you can make them any size, even super teenie if your eyes and fingers can take it.

Take a piece of fleece or felt and double it. Begin tracing the pattern for as many mittens as you'd like to make. You'll probably need a marker to be able to write adequately on the fleece. Leave about 1/2" between each pattern for a seam allowance.

Step 2: Stitch on Trace Lines

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After you're finished tracing your pattern, sew the mittens, stitching directly onto the traced line. At the cuff of the mitten, reinforce the stitching so that it won't unravel when you try to turn the mitten right-side out. Do not stitch across the cuff of the mitten.

Step 3: Cut Stitched Mittens Apart

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When finished stitching, your project should look something like this. Carefully cut apart the mittens.

Step 4: Trim Excess Fabric

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Next, cut the mittens out, trimming the fleece to withing about 1/4" of the stitch line.

Step 5: Trim Bottom of Mitten

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Cut the cuff of the mitten straight across.

Step 6: Turn Mitten

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Now turn the mitten right side out. Use your fingers to get a good turn on the seam, paying special attention to the thumb section.
bajablue3 years ago
Well-done and very pretty!