How to Make Wool Mittens from “Upcycled” Sweaters


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A quick easy and frugal DIY – How to Make Wool Mittens from Upcycled Sweaters. This quick project is fun to do with kids and give away!

Aren’t these wool mittens super cute?!  They are also very easy! If you’re an expert sewer, you can probably look at the picture below and just make them. I’m not an expert sewer, unfortunately, and this simple project actually took me a little bit of practice and thought (not too much, though). I got the original idea here, from Martha Stewart. 🙂

If you’re not sure how to felt wool, check out this video on how to felt sweaters. You’ll need this skill to make these cute mittens.

How to Make Wool Mittens from Upcycled Sweaters

how to make wool mittens from upcycled sweaters

First, trace the hand you want the mitten for to make a pattern.

How to Make Wool Mittens from "Upcycled" Sweaters

Add a 1/4 inch for your seam allowance and cut out the pattern. Then, pin it to your felted wool and cut out two pairs. You can use the same pattern for both hands. No need to make two patterns.

How to Make Wool Mittens from "Upcycled" Sweaters

How to Make Wool Mittens from "Upcycled" Sweaters

After you have two sets of mittens (4 total pieces of felt), sew two of them together wrong sides together. Then, turn them right side out and try them on!

How to Make Wool Mittens from "Upcycled" Sweaters

Hopefully, they fit perfectly. If not, adjust as necessary. Repeat with the other two pieces of felt and put on your new mittens!
How to Make Wool Mittens from "Upcycled" Sweaters

Now if I can figure out how to make the coordinating hat, I’ll be happy… 🙂

Are you making any Christmas presents this year? I’d love to hear about it!

About Michelle Marine

Michelle Marine is the author of How to Raise Chickens for Meat, a long-time green-living enthusiast, and rural Iowa mom of four. She empowers families to grow and eat seasonal, local foods; to reduce their ecological footprint; and to come together through impactful travel.

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  1. LOVE IT!!! Gosh I could probably make 4 pairs of little mittens for the kids out of 1 sweater!! I’ll be posting much more felt food soon, I just went to town and restocked my felt supply. I did just post a homemade felt Santa Decoration though!! I absolutely love how it turned out! Stop in and check it out when you have a minute.
    Keep us posted on that hat! I would have no clue how to make a hat….

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  3. I’m looking forward to another great grandchild in Jan. and I’m making an embroidered and cross-stitched panel for a quilt, using fleece for the back so it doesn’t need padding.