Introduction: Monster Mittens
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These "easy on" mittens have no thumb hole to wrestle with and no left or right to confuses. Cute monsters keep kids warm and they are fun enough to keep on! The difficulty on this project is Advanced beginner but if you are just starting out polar fleece is very forgiving fabric to work with. I have made the patten in 3 sizes; small is baby size, medium is toddler, and large is young child. I'm sure you could size it larger with no problem. This project cost less than $5 and I was able to make several pair.
What you will need
Fabric marking tool
1/4 yard polar fleece
1/4 yard ribbed knit
Embellishments- like Rickrack , ribbon, felt, snaps or buttons
Print pattern pieces
Cut pattern to desired size
Pin to polar fleece matching the stretch direction then cut 2 of each.
Mark dots on wrong side of fabric.
A trick I use, pin through pattern at dot and lift away the pattern wile pin is still in place, then mark at pin.
Cut strip of rib knit for band you will need 2
Small 6"x 4 1/2
Medium 7 1/4" x 4 1/2
Large 8 1/2" x 4 1/2
Pin rickrack around the palm piece on the right side, 1/4" in from the edge to the center of the rickrack turning the last bit off the edge at the beginning and end. Bast in place.
On back piece place eyes on the mittens at the star marks. You can appliqué, embroider if you are fortunate to have a machine , use buttons or plastic snaps for eyes. ( buttons should not be used for children under 3!)
I used felt and a snap for eyes.
Pin front to back with right sides together.
Sew each side only to dot with a 1/4" seem.
Be sure to back stitch when starting and stopping.
Pin palm to front and back right sides together placing the dot at the spilt.
Sew the front to palm with a 1/4" seem just inside the basting stitch for the rickrack
Turn work and sew the back to palm with a 1/4" seem.
Turn mitten right side out.
Fold rib knit strip right sides together in half matching the side that measures 4 1/2".
Sew with 1/2" seem.
Fold in half with wrong sides together to create a cuff.
Stretch to match with mitten bottom aligning raw edges and pin.
Stretch to sew making them lay flat. You should not have to stretch much.
You can see the 1/2" seam allowance here.
Turn back the cuff right side and you are finished!
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