Sweater Mittens – Easy Sewing Project for Your Favorite Valentine!

sweater mittens

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.
 
 

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!