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Mitten and Pouches How-To

Martha Stewart Living, November 2006

Keep little ones toasty with a winsome felt hat and mittens. We cut mittens from a sunny yellow sweater; add detail to the cuffs by aligning that portion of the pattern with the garment's ribbed waistband or sleeve.

First, learn how to felt wool.

You can also use various parts of felted-wool sweaters to create attractive pouches below: A hot-water-bottle cover was cut from a turtleneck sweater and trimmed with a monogrammed felt gift tag sewn with a running stitch; an eyeglass case began life as an argyle sweater; a waistband forms the top of this tiny stocking; a sleeve became a case for an MP3 player.

Basic How-To
Use this versatile technique for items of any shape or size.
1. Trace hand and wrist (if making mittens) or an object to be stored (such as an MP3 player) onto paper, adding 1/2 inch all around; or draw a template freehand. Cut out. Position template on a sweater; cut out. Repeat, flipping template to make a second cutout that's the mirror image of the first.

2. Stitch pieces, right sides together, with 1/4-inch seam allowance. Zigzag-stitch around seam to reinforce. Turn right side out. If desired, add a drawstring or a button.


Comments (5)

  • sewsister27 3 Nov, 2011

    I love this idea. I felted a sweater, but hadn't gotten around to doing anything with I know what I am going to make! I knit, but haven't gotten the hang of using multiple colors, so now I am going to look for bright sweaters at the thrift store, felt them and then I can make cute mittens, etc without having to struggle with the knitting technique.

  • aceback 3 Nov, 2011

    If you don't want to use a sewing machine, you can also use pretty embroidery floss to whip stitch the sides together. Because of the felted sweater, it stays together no problem (I've had mine for years) and using the thread affords you creative options for embellishing the mittens. Love them!

  • suziwollman 6 Dec, 2008

    Wouldn't POCKETS shaped like mittens be cute? They could either be sewn on or knitted in.

  • HOBIKUTUSU 15 Mar, 2008

    wow! n n n n t's good idea.

  • Birdyjo 4 Jan, 2008

    What a fun project for all of us to do...So much for all those old sweater going to the garage sale...~*~Yippie~*~