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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    33 Discussions

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    oreonow3
    oreonow3

    6 months 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 6 months 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

    6 months 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 6 months ago

    You are most welcome!

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    Materrocks
    Materrocks

    7 months 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 7 months ago

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

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    Lunabernard
    Lunabernard

    Question 1 year ago

    Hi, I don’t see where you shared the actual pattern. How can I find it?

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    BigSkyCntry
    BigSkyCntry

    Reply 1 year ago

    Good morning - I did not provide an actual pattern -- just measurements.

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    Crafter2018
    Crafter2018

    2 years ago

    What size is shown?
    What size for a 7 year old?

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    MartinaS22
    MartinaS22

    2 years ago

    Hi,

    could you please elaborate on the size increase? Is it 1/4" on each side? Thanks!

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    smiddlemis
    smiddlemis

    3 years ago

    Pattern will not download. I'm signed in, account verified, and answered a dozen times NO to going premium, but unable to download pattern.

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    JenniferB369
    JenniferB369

    3 years ago

    Hello!

    I want to get premium to download the pattern, but
    folks are saying the download doesn't work - which makes me hesitant to
    get the premium content.

    I'm not sure I understand the
    measurements on #3 in the image. Why is the curve on the Front 2", but
    on the Back-Top only 1.5"?

    Thank you very much! Love these!

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    DayleG
    DayleG

    3 years ago

    The download worked but it did not have the actual pattern (which is the sole purpose for which I subscribed to the Premium feature). How can I go about getting the actual pattern pieces, short of making them myself from the posted measurements?

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    MargaritaT3
    MargaritaT3

    3 years ago

    the download will not work. I have tried numous times.

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    natesgirl
    natesgirl

    4 years ago

    I cannot get the download to work...help. I want to make these for Christmas gifts

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    MustangMacey
    MustangMacey

    4 years ago

    Love this pattern ! But still confused w measurements to #3 can you provide a diagram w measurements similar to #1&2?? Ty!!

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    patwayne
    patwayne

    4 years ago

    Love them!

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    rbphome
    rbphome

    4 years ago

    I love these wool mittens but need the template to make a pair could you share this pattern with Mary Patrick my email address is rbphome@centurylink.net I would greatly appreciate it and thank you

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    katie.thull
    katie.thull

    5 years ago

    Which pattern piece number uses the ribbing? Is the ribbing necessary?

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    DeniseT1
    DeniseT1

    5 years ago on Introduction

    Please give more info for pc. number 3, I don't understanding the mesurments.

    Thanks