DIY mittens from sweaters is a fun project to make and give. If you’re looking for a cute last-minute embroidered gift we’ve got you covered!
The Jan/Feb 2018 issue of Creative Machine Embroidery just hit newsstands, and it happens to have a quick winter project that’s actually a perfect Christmas or Hanukah gift. Behold the adorable Winter Blooms Mittens! And, the best part these DIY mittens are made from well-loved sweaters!
This easy project takes an old sweater and turns it into cute appliquéd mittens lined with fleece. And since the issue is on newsstands, you can find the design and pattern for free at cmemag.com (for a limited time).
Using an old sweater, either your own or found at a thrift store, is a great trick for this project — cut the pattern out with the wrist edge over the sweater hem, and voila! Your cuffs are already finished. Of course, if you would prefer to make the mittens from scratch using sweater knit, fleece or even faux suede, there’s no reason not to. Fleece doesn’t even need finishing on the edges! Personally, I dream of a pair of these mittens lined with soft, plush minky, perfect for sinking my hands into on a chilly day.
Play around with color options, making sure there’s sufficient contrast between the main fabric and the appliqué fabric to make the flowers pop.
Download the mitten pattern and appliqué embroidery design free from cmemag.com/freebies until Feb. 28, 2018, and find the instructions in the Jan/Feb 2018 issue of Creative Machine Embroidery, available on newsstands or on shopsewitall.com.