Fleece-Lined Upcycled Woolicious Mittens

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Introduction: Fleece-Lined Upcycled Woolicious Mittens

About: I am retired and love to spend my time at our cabin, birding, hiking, sewing, and repurposing; I especially enjoy working with wool.

These wonderfully warm, wonderfully comfy woolicious mittens are made from felted wool sweaters.   

These are some of the reasons I love working with wool:

Wool is not only reusable but also biodegradable.

Sheep wool has an incredible natural UV protection built right in. The same cannot be said for manmade fabrics.

Wool is composed of the same protein that makes up the outer protective layer of your skin. 

Wool is naturally mildew and mold resistant because it is a natural moisture repellent.  Wool has natural fire resistance, water repellant, and climate control.

Upcycle your treasured wool sweaters - send them through the washer and dryer and transform them into a soft, dense material that can be repurposed without unraveling!

Step 1: Materials Needed

Deconstructed felted wool sweaters (I used three different sweaters.  If you choose, you can use one or two sweaters - depending on how it is made;  no rules here - be adventurous.)  

Mitten pattern (will be provided) - it is comprised of three difference pieces

Fleece

Sewing machine (not shown)

Scissors

Buttons (2) (not shown)

Tape measure

Pins

Thread

Step 2: Laying Out Pattern Pieces

When laying out pattern pieces on fleece, ensure the give / stretchiness of the fleece is with the width of mitten.  For example, for pattern piece #1,  the width is the direction of the arrow for the 4 3/4" measurement.  It doesn't matter which way you lay the pattern pieces on the wool - whatever appeals to you.

For the cuff - cut off the bottom of the ribbed sleeve plus 3/4" of the sweater.  

Step 3: Assemble and Sew

For double thickness, turn material (both fleece and wool) inside out with right sides together.  Pin each of the three pattern pieces to the wrong side of the materials (both fleece and wool).  Cut.

With right sides together, pin wool top back (pattern piece #3) and bottom back (pattern #2) together.  Stitch together with a 3/8" seam allowance - see how the mitten was pinned in the picture.  Pin to top front (pattern piece #1) - stitch all around the mitten leaving lower edge open.  When stitching around - it will be necessary to stop stitching at thumb stitching (be sure to backstitch) and continue stitching to lower edge.  See third picture.  

Pin and sew the fleece pieces as described above - but with a 1/4" seam allowance.

Turn wool mittens inside out, taking care to ensure seams are nicely turned inside out.

Do not turn fleece mittens inside out.



Step 4: Inserting Cuff to Fleece Lining and Then to Wool Mitten / Completing

Insert sweater cuff inside fleece mitten.  The right side of the top of the cuff will be pinned to the right side of the top of the fleece mitten.  Stitch with a 1/2" seam allowance.  

Insert fleece mitten into wool mitten.

Turn cuff to outside over the wool mitten.  Sew a button in the middle of the cuff through the cuff, wool mitten, and fleece mitten.  (Optional:  whipstitch cuff to wool mitten - hiding stitching.)


Step 5: Other Sizes

Increase the pattern by 1/4" for each additional size - with the exception of the straight edges (opening for hand) on pattern pieces #1 and #2.

Step 6: Lots of Fun Mittens Made for Gifts

Lots of possibilities!

Thanks for your interest.

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    47 Comments

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    Pam Lee
    Pam Lee

    3 months ago

    I love this pattern & have made mittens for my family which turned out great. Just curious why the instructions say to sew the fleece with a 1/4” seam & the wool at 3/8”. Other patterns I looked at say the opposite meaning the fleece is smaller than the wool. Is it because the wool eventually stretches? Thanks!

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    BigSkyCntry
    BigSkyCntry

    Reply 3 months ago

    Thank you for taking the time to comment. So glad the pattern works for you and the mittens turn out. Actually - you are right; it should be the other way around! Good catch!

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    emmagrace21
    emmagrace21

    Question 5 months ago on Step 2

    does the S inside the diamond shape mean size small?

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    BigSkyCntry
    BigSkyCntry

    Reply 4 months ago

    Yes - small is 7", medium is 8" and large is 9".

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    emmagrace21
    emmagrace21

    Reply 4 months ago

    Thank you!

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    BigSkyCntry
    BigSkyCntry

    Reply 4 months ago

    Thank you!

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    rkeller57
    rkeller57

    4 months ago

    Can someone please tell me what type of fleece is best for lining these wool mittens. My daughter has Raynouds Syndrome (a disorder with blood vessels in fingers and toes cutting off blood flow when she gets cold) and received a pair of this type mitten as a gift. I would like to make her more, but not sure what type of fleece to use. There are many to choose from. Suggestions please.

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    BigSkyCntry
    BigSkyCntry

    Reply 4 months ago

    Hi - I buy my fleece from JoAnn Fabrics when it is on sale. Also - I have lined some mittens with cashmere; you could probably line with others wools as well! Hope this helps. Take care.

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    rvsfortune
    rvsfortune

    5 months ago

    I cannot find the place to download the pattern. Please help!

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    readbythepond57
    readbythepond57

    5 months ago

    I just happened upon your website and already had made some mittens so I can attest to the accuracy of your pattern. Your tutorial is so well made, anyone that is new to this craft will be able to understand your directions. Your mittens are beautiful.
    This is the pair I made. Total cost from Salvation Army Thrift store $6.00 and I got 3 pair from the 2 sweaters. Made from merino wool.

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    BigSkyCntry
    BigSkyCntry

    Reply 5 months ago

    Thank you for your kind words! Love your mittens - fun button with cut out flowers - will try on the next pair I make. Take care and Happy New Year!

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    Coolbiology
    Coolbiology

    6 months ago

    No pattern... Is this site simply collecting emials? Bummer.

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    BigSkyCntry
    BigSkyCntry

    Reply 6 months ago

    Hi. Not sure what your comment is - although no actual pattern is provided to be downloaded - the measurements are provided to easily make your own pattern.

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    oreonow3
    oreonow3

    1 year ago on Step 4

    I'm going to make a pair of mittens for a 19 month old out of what is left of this wool sweater. I just need to make up a pattern for them.

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    BigSkyCntry
    BigSkyCntry

    Reply 1 year ago

    Fun! Thanks for sharing! FYI - I have two different patterns for childrens' mittens -- McCall's 5772 and McCall's 5253; not sure if they are still available for purchase.

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    oreonow3
    oreonow3

    1 year ago on Step 6

    Thank you for this great tutorial.
    All the measurements for pattern pieces 1 & 2 are there but are not fully provided for pattern piece 3. I made pattern pieces 1 & 2 following the measurements given in the photo. Then, I partially drew #3, using the top of pattern piece 1 as a guide. Then I put pattern piece 2, while looking at Step 3: Assemble & Sew instructions, to finishing tracing out the proportions for pattern piece 3.

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    BigSkyCntry
    BigSkyCntry

    Reply 1 year ago

    You are most welcome!

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    Materrocks
    Materrocks

    1 year ago on Step 1

    Hi where is the actual pattern it’s not on the pdf just the instructions?

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    BigSkyCntry
    BigSkyCntry

    Reply 1 year ago

    Hi - sorry; I did not provide an actual pattern - just measurements so you can create your own.