How to Make Sweater Mittens

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Sweater Mittens Supply List

Have a sweater that's too worn or out of style to wear? Then, transform it into a cozy pair of sweater mittens. Let's begin!

To make a pair of sweater mittens you will need:

  • An old sweater
  • Paper
  • A pen or pencil
  • Scissors
  • Thread
  • Sewing pins
  • A sewing machine (optional)

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Trace Your Hand on a Piece of Paper

Trace Your Hand on a Piece of Paper
Trace your hand on a piece of paper. Erin Huffstetler

Lay one of your hands (doesn't matter which one) on a piece of paper with your fingers together, and your thumb out at the side – just like you're wearing a pair of mittens. Then, trace around your hand.

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Create a Pattern for Your Sweater Mittens

Sweater Mittens Template
Create a pattern for your sweater mittens. Erin Huffstetler

Add a half-inch all the way around your traced hand to allow for seams and an inch or more at the bottom of the mitten to create a cuff. Make any other necessary tweaks to your mitten design before finalizing your pattern.

Note: If you have a pair of mittens that fit you especially well, you can use them as your pattern. Just trace around one of the mittens, and add in the allowances for seams and cuffs.

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Pin the Mitten Pattern to the Sweater

Pin the Mitten Pattern to the Sweater
Pin the mitten pattern to the front of the sweater. Erin Huffstetler

Cut out your mitten pattern, and pin it to the front of the sweater. For a nice, finished cuff, line up the bottom edge of your pattern with the bottom edge of the sweater.

Tip: Baby and toddler mittens fit nicely on sweater sleeves (See picture above for an example).

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Cut Out the First Sweater Mitten

Cut Out the Sweater Mittens
Cut around the pattern to create the first mitten shape. Erin Huffstetler

Cut around the mitten pattern. This will give you two mitten-shaped pieces of fabric.

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Cut Out the Second Sweater Mitten

Cut Out the Second Sweater Mitten
Cut Out the Second Sweater Mitten. Erin Huffstetler

Flip the mitten pattern, and pin it to another section of the sweater. Then, cut around the pattern to create the second mitten.

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Flip the Mittens and Pin

Flip the Mittens and Pin
Flip the mittens inside out and pin. Erin Huffstetler

Flip the mittens inside out, and pin together.

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Sew the Mittens Together

Sew the Mittens Together
Sew the Mittens Together. Erin Huffstetler

Stitch around the edge of both mittens, leaving a quarter-inch seam allowance. Then, flip them right-side out, and your mittens are ready to wear!