Fleece Mittens

February 28, 2012

We’ve had some actual winter weather lately and supposedly, we have snow on the way. Like a hefty amount of snow. But until it happens, it’s just speculation so we’ll shall see. :)

I have been sitting on this post for a while. Not sure why it’s taken so long but I finally put together.

Love Bug’s store-bought mittens didn’t fit very well. They didn’t stay on her hands very well and the mittens themselves weren’t very long which made a large gap between the bottom of the mittens and her coat cuff. Kind of a cold bummer for snow play.

After doing a bit of mitten mock-ups, I wasn’t happy with what I was making. Then my mom told me that my aunt K had made double-layered mittens for her whole family for Christmas. She graciously passed along the pattern link and answered a bunch of my questions. Thanks Aunt K!

I used this pattern. It doesn’t require much fabric and all the fleece options make the possibilities endless. You can adjust it to fit big people and little people and everyone in between.

The most time consuming part of this project is figuring out the pattern. The pattern parts from the site aren’t perfect and require adjustments. Here are a couple of tips I have for making your pattern:

-Make the two palm/thumb pattern pieces 1/4 inch longer. So instead of the two pieces lining up perfectly and laying perfectly on the back-of-the-hand piece, they should, when lined up, be 1/2 inch longer than the back. Does that make sense? Because the two palm/thumb pieces are sewn together with a 1/4 inch inseam, the extra length with make everything line up.

-To make the double-sided mittens fit together better, make an ‘inner’ mitten pattern and an ‘outer’ mitten pattern. The ‘outer’ pattern should be slightly bigger. If the patterns are the same, the inner lining with be bunched up.

-For my grown-up version, I added between 1-1.5 inches at the bottom of the mitten. I like the extra length so there is no gap between the bottom of the mitten and the coat sleeve. If we ever get snow, I will be a phenomenal snowball fighter. Watch out MJ.

First, make the pattern, an inner mitten and an outer mitten. I even made a couple of mock-ups just to make sure things fit just right; fit on the hands and fit layered together.

The first step is the sew the two thumb pieces together. Sew across the palm and around the thumb to the notch mark noted on the pattern piece.

Attach thumb/palm piece to back piece.

Repeat steps for outer mittens. Trim down the edges to remove the bulk.

To connect the inner and outer mitten, layout the mittens like this and sew around the base to connect, making sure to leave a 2-inch opening in order to turn the mittens right side out.

Turn the mittens right side out and put the inner mitten inside. Hand-stitch the opening closed.

My mitten model didn’t feel like modeling.

After making mittens for Love Bug, I wanted some for myself. MJ has asked for some as well. They are warm!

The classy pair. Black, lined with a white, black and gray patterned fleece.

The second pair a bright red, lined with a fun floral fleece. The hearts are hand-stitched pieces of felt. 

The mittens could almost be reversable if the two linings were the same size. But then there would be the bunching issue. If you can stand it, do it!

I did sew two pairs of each mittens and was going to post them in the heArt shoppe. However, my sister liked them and snagged them first. Gotta be quick! :)

Here’s the link for the mittens again.

Here’s to warm hands.

Take care.

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Amy Christie

Amy is a wife, mother of two and a maker. Making is her thing whether it is food, DIYs or photos of her children. Follow Amy on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Bloglovin, Twitter, and through her once-a-month newsletter to keep up with the latest from this heart of mine.

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delia March 1, 2012 at 8:33pm

Great job. Those are so cute. I like the heart detail.

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Amy Martin October 21, 2013 at 12:00am

Hi!

I need some help on sizing here. My daughter looks about as old as your daughter here. What size should the squares be when printed for their size? I couldn’t understand what the pattern link said. It said 3/4 or 1 ” but didn’t specify what size person each of those would fit. Thanks for your help with this!!

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Marcia October 30, 2013 at 3:31am

These are so cute, and you have very clever ideas!

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amy christie October 31, 2013 at 8:25am

Thank you Marcia!

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Samantha November 28, 2013 at 1:32am

Like Amy, I am getting confused by the original pattern. I’m trying to adapt it to fit a 6 year old, but I can’t figure out how to resize the printable pattern… Any help?

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paula February 6, 2014 at 10:52am

TY so much for this tutorial on the mittens! I have grankids in desperate need for mittens and $ is short but fleece I have!! :)

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