I’ve had this song in my head all week in anticipation of this week’s blog post.
I purchased a 49-cent, wool sweater from Mel Trotter (my favorite local thrift store) a few weeks ago.
It was so warm and comfy, and it fit me perfectly! That is until my 14-year old son thought he’d be helpful and launder it for me.
Yep, that’s right, he ignored the DRY CLEAN ONLY tag.
When it came out of the dryer it no longer fit me, but it fit my daughter perfectly, so she claimed it for herself.
She wore it once and loved how comfy and warm it was.
Guess what happened next? My 14-year old son once again helped with the laundry, and once again ignored the DRY CLEAN ONLY tag.
This time the sweater wasn’t fitting anybody as-is! :/
It’s hard to get too mad, when I only paid 49-cents for the thing.
Since this sweater is 100% wool, it felted into a really nice, tight weave. It’s now practically waterproof, making it perfect to refashion into a pair of warm mittens!
First I disassembled the sweater like so…
I made sure to cut off the waistband, and remove the cuffs from the sleeves and set them aside, because I use them for the cuffs on the mittens (and also the bands on the ski caps I’ve made).
After going through my sweater stash and deciding which sweaters and sweater pieces to use for my mittens, I grabbed my pattern pieces and got busy cutting.
Once I had enough pieces cut, I started designing how each pair would look.
I decided to make some of the pairs to match and some to coordinate.
When I had decided on how they were going to be, I pinned the pieces…
Once each pair was sewn, I turned them all right-side-out and matched them up with their mates.
Then I made sure my iron was nice and steamy, and started pressing my mittens.
The steamy iron helps the felt to stretch back out into a nice mittenly shape.
Once the mittens were in their proper shape, I inserted a fleece liner (made with store-bought fleece and using the same mitten pattern).
When I got to my last pair of mittens, I inserted the right-handed liner into the right mitten and while trying to insert the left-handed liner into the left mitten, I realized I had made a mistake…
Oops! Well, I guess I’ll just have to cut out two more left-handed mittens. :/
After lining all the mittens, I picked out the cuffs…
To attach the cuff, I placed it on my left hand like so…
…and inserted it into the mitten.
Then, starting between the cuff and the liner, I inserted the needle like so…
I stitched all the way around the mitten, going back and forth through all three layers; mitten, liner and cuff.
I spaced the stitches out 1/2″ apart…
Once I got back to the beginning stitch, I put the needle down through all three layers and then back up only through the cuff, meeting up with the knotted tail of thread I began with.
Then I tied off the yarn…
…and stitched the cuff in place on the backside of the mitten.
Then I added buttons to the front of all the mittens.
Between the fleece lining, and the felted wool, these are the warmest mittens ever! Definitely one of my favorite things! ;)
Can you believe Christmas is only five days away!?!?? EEK!
I hope you all have a fantastic holiday season!