Sweater Mittens – Easy Sewing Project for Your Favorite Valentine!

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Valentine’s day is upon us and these sweater mittens are a great sewing project for your favorite Valentine!

Keep your hands warm with style!

For those of you who follow me, you know how much I love making things with upcycled wool sweaters. Mittens are one of my most favorite things to make.

I have two different mitten patterns. One is for adults and a large child. The other pattern is for children and infants. The patterns are in PDF format and you can downloaded them INSTANTLY.

Not sure which size you will need? Check out this post which will help you measure the hand you are sewing to get the correct size.

sweater mittens size chart

Adult Size sweater mitten pattern

The pattern includes adult sizes XS,S,M,L,XL,XXL and XX small (child size large).

Infant & Child sweater mitten pattern

We can’t forget the little hands!

Same cozy design as the adult sizes, but this pattern has been modified for small hands, including a basic infant mitten without the thumbs. Made for hands smaller than 5 inches.

Where can you get the sweater mitten patterns?

The easy to follow, printable sweater mittens pattern can be purchased here in my craftsy shop, or in my Etsy shop.
 

Is it easier for you to learn by watching a video tutorial?

I’ve got you covered with this video tutorial! I have three platforms where this video is available.
  •  Skillshare. Read more about it here. (Skillshare membership required).
  • Teachable (no membership required)
  • YouTube  
 
For information on how to measure your hand correctly, you can check out the post here.
 
If you are interested in making some other upcycled sweater projects, you can check these out.
 
 

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Upcycled Sweater Hearts

I love Valentine’s Day!

Here is another idea for you to use up some of your old sweaters, and better yet, the scraps from your other upcycled projects.
Here is a tutorial showing you how easy it is to make these upcycled sweater hearts and  patchwork hearts.  You will have a bunch made up in no time.

Upcycled Sweater Hearts

Cut out fabric pieces using sweaters of your choice.

Upcycled Sweater Hearts

With Right Sides Together (RST) sew piece 1 to piece 2.  Open that up and place pattern piece 3 (RST) and sew together.

If you want to hang your heart, baste a ribbon, jute or thick string on the right side of the heart back piece.

Gather the string or ribbon up and pin in the center of the heart, so it won’t get caught in the seam.

Place the pieced heart top to the bottom piece (RST) and pin in place.  Sew all the way around leaving about a 2″ opening to stuff the heart.

Turn inside out and stuff firmly.

With a needle and thread, slip stitch opening closed.

Ta Dah!

Sew a bunch up for all your Valentine’s, or just fill a basket full of hearts for a fun holiday decoration!

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DIY Fabric Jingle Ball Cat and Baby Toy

This little fabric jingle ball cat and baby toy is the perfect size for little hands AND little paws.  Recycled sweaters, a few jingle bells and a little stuffing is all you need. However, if you want to make the CAT really happy, you can add a little catnip while stuffing. The cats go crazy.

cat and baby toy

I posted earlier this summer on how to make the larger sized balls. This is the same process, however, the pieces are just smaller. You can download the pattern for all sizes FREE HERE.

Here is a little quick video on the process of making the fabric jingle ball. For full written instructions, check out the post here.

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What you need

  • 8 small pieces of sweaters (You can use felted wool sweaters, cotton, fleece, and even regular knit fabric.
  • 1/4 cup Catnip herb (optional)
  • needle and thread
  • sewing machine (can be sewn by hand)
  • scissors
  • pattern

If you want to bring a smile to your kitty cat, dog or baby, there is still time to whip up a little fabric jingle ball for Christmas.

Jingle ball instructions

Make sure you are saving your felted sweater scraps. These balls are the perfect thing to make with your scraps.

Have fun sewing!

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Caring for your upcycled wool sweater projects

Caring for your upcycled wool sweater projects

So you have made some fun things with felted wool sweaters.  SLIPPERS, MITTENS, HATS, and STUFFED ANIMALS.

What are you supposed to do when they get dirty?
NO PROBLEM!
I wanted to do a quick post about caring for your upcycled wool sweater projects to put your mind at ease and let you know how well these items wash up, and how easy they are to care for.

The multicolored mittens in the photo are about 5 years old, the slippers are probably 3 years old and the slipper boots about the same.  They have been washed many times and are holding up just fine.
In fact, I think it makes them have more character the more you wash them.

I love putting my feet in a pair of newly washed slippers.  It tightens up the fibers so it is like getting a little hug on your feet.  The already felted (washed in hot water) sweater material will not shrink when washed again.  If the sweater was not properly shrunk, the item you made, may shrink.  For tips on felting sweaters, go to the post here.

I have not experienced any major shrinking with the items I have washed.  If they do shrink a bit, they will stretch out just fine.

How to wash wool slippers.

I just throw my wool items in the washing machine with a load of permanent press items, so the water is not hot, but it can handle warm water.  If you are worried, just put the water at a cooler temperature.  I even throw them in the dryer.  Then again, if you are worried, just let them air dry. Most likely the sweater fabric was pre-shrunk (hopefully).

If you have never made anything with a felted wool sweater,  give it a whirl.  Who knew all the fun things you can make with an old sweater.  Here are a few ideas of things you can make.  I have a few more felted wool sweater projects and patterns in the making and are soon to be listed.  So get you sweater stash out, or maybe you need to make a trip to the thrift store, and have fun sewing!!!!

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Upcycle Your Sweaters Into Something Fabulous – Bobbi Jo Hat Pattern

bobbi jo hat

Hopefully you have had a good summer, and have had some “GOOD FINDS” at yard sales, or second hand stores finding some sweaters to use on all your upcycled projects.

It’s a great time to sew!

Winter is on it’s way, and Christmas is just around the corner.  The perfect time to get out you sweater stash,( for all you upcycled sweater junkies), or find a sweater that you love, but don’t wear anymore and upcycle it into a fabulous hat, like this Bobbi Jo hat.
 
This is my latest pattern design, the BOBBI JO hat.  A cross between a pill box hat and a beanie.  I love the way it fits on the head, and is so comfortable and cozy around the ears.
 
bobbi jo hat
bobbi jo hat

This hat was made from a cotton blend sweater.  I loved the look of the “wrong side” of the fabric so I sewed it up that way, with the wrong side on the outside.  Looks almost like I knitted the hat.

bobbi jo hat

This hat was made from fleece scraps.  If you haven’t sewn on fleece, you need to try it.  So easy and fun.  This time of year, fabric stores usually have their fleece at a great price for Christmas gift making.  

bobbi jo hat

Embellish the hat with all kinds of things.  This hat has a fleece flower, which is real fun and easy to make.  I have a free tutorial here on my blog or you can purchase a pattern with several different kinds of flowers from either of my shops, Etsy or Craftsy.

bobbi jo hat

This cute little toddler size hat was finished with a rolled brim.  This is an easy technique that adds a little character and pop of color around the face

There are so many options with this pattern.

Just think of all the cute little or big hats you can make up for Christmas gifts.  The pattern includes sizes from INFANT all the way up to an ADULT LARGE.

This is a real easy project to whip up.  Great for even a beginner seamstress.  A basic sewing machine is all that is needed.  If you have a serger, that works great too!

You can find the pattern for INSTANT DOWNLOAD in my Etsy shop or Craftsy shop.

For all my blogging friends:  If you purchase the Bobbi Joe hat and leave a comment on my facebook page, I will send you a FREE infant-child or adult mitten pattern.  Just let me know in your comment which one you want and I will email it right to you.
*For all of you who are not Facebookers, no worries.  Just PIN the pattern on Pinterest or leave a comment on my shop and let me know.  I will get it to you.


Have fun sewing!!!!

 

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How to Felt Wool Sweaters

How to felt wool sweaters

I had a good day at the second hand store last week!  Look at the amazing wool sweaters I found.  I frequently make stops at the thrift stores in town to see if they have any GOOD sweaters.  As you know, I love making things from upcycled sweaters, wool in particular.  Wool because when you felt it, (shrink it down) the fibers get tight and dense and has a texture that I find irresistible! Felted sweaters are great for all kinds of projects from slippers, mittens to baby toys and hats.

How to felt wool sweaters
How to felt wool sweaters

You may ask, “what makes a GOOD sweater?”   Here are a few tips when purchasing sweaters for felting.

  • Make sure they are at least 80-100% wool if you want them to truely felt.
  • Thin sweaters like cashmere are nice to use as lining, but not so great for maybe a slipper sole.
  • Thicker sweaters will only get bulkier when you wash them.  It is good to have some of these on hand for slipper soles, purses, or projects needing some density.
  • Sweaters that have a lot of heavy texture or patterns may not feel so good on your feet or hands if using for a slipper or mitten.  Just use your hands to feel the sweater and imagine what it could be used for.
  • Look for other wool clothing like SCARFS, and JACKETS.
  • If the project you are making requires some stretch to the fabric, make sure the wool garment you are buying has some stretch to it.
  • Buy a variety of colors, patterns and textures.  I like to have a good selection of plain colors on hand.
  • Thrifts stores are great to find sweaters, but GARAGE or TAG SALES are where it is at!  You can usually pick a good wool sweater up at a garage sale for 1-3 buckaroos.  (the garage sale season has started in my area) YEA!
  • Thrift store sweaters seem to run from $3 to $7.  It just depends.

This is how you FELT wool sweaters.  Felting wool requires three conditions — heat, moisture and friction —
which can be provided by your washing machine and dryer. Here are a
few tips.

How to felt wool sweaters
  • Use a hot-water wash, a cold-water rinse, and the usual amount of laundry soap.
  • You can add a pair of washable sneakers or a few tennis balls to help agitate and cause friction.
  • Dry the sweaters in the dryer on the highest heat setting. Put the sneakers or tennis balls in the dryer too.  This will tighten the fibers even more.
  • You can repeat this process a few more times if you are not quite satisfied with the texture.  (Once usually does it for most sweaters).
  • The beauty of using felted wool, is that it will not fray when cut.
  • Store the felted sweaters in bins where you can see what is inside. If you have several sweaters, like I do, it is helpful to sort the bins by colors or by light and dark colors.
How to felt wool sweaters

100% wool sweater before felting

How to felt wool sweaters

After felting

How to felt wool sweaters

SAVE ALL OF YOUR WOOL SWEATER SCRAPS!!!

SAVE ALL OF YOUR WOOL SWEATER SCRAPS!!!

I have learned to save even the smallest scraps of your felted wool.  They come in handy for smaller projects.  One project I have posted on using small scraps of wool can be found here.

Look on my Etsy and Craftsy shops for some fun ideas of what you can make with felted wool sweaters!
Stay posted!
If you have any questions, send me a note.
Happy wool sweater hunting!

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Upcycled Slipper Boots!

upcycled slipper boots
upcycled slipper boots
upcycled slipper boots

Upcycled Slipper Boots

Here is another fun way to use up those sweaters you’ve been collecting or holding onto. These upcycled slipper boots are easy to make up and you will love weary them around.

 
I love the feel of wool and sweaters on my feet. My other pattern design is great, but this slipper pattern design hugs your feet and lower legs in cozy comfort. A fun easy project to whip up.
 

Sweater Socks

I have also included a tutorial on how to make sweater boot socks.  What a fun accessory to add to your wardrobe.
upcycled slipper boots
I have sure got my mileage out of this sweater.  This was a good sweater!
Be on the look out for cool sweaters, the SLEEVES in particular, to make some awesome slipper boots and boot socks.  It’s garage sale and yard sale time, which is a great place to pick up some sweaters for a great price!
 
The NEW pattern is available on my Etsy shop or my Craftsy Pattern Shop.

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