It looks like messy Christmas elves have taken over my sewing corner...
and they've been making mittens!
Many years ago, I needed last-minute treat bags for Nicholas' class and I whipped up 14 green mittens lickety-split. I tucked Hershey's kisses and a candy cane inside. I decided right then and there that this was my favorite mitten pattern of all time because it literally takes a minute to make each mitten. Then, depending on the time you have you can decorate as much or as little as you'd like.
The mitten measures approximately 3 1/2" x 4 1/2" at it's widest points. I don't think it could fit a gift card inside, but simply enlarging the pattern could fix that. You don't even have to print it out... simply enlarge the pattern to the desired size on your computer and trace it right off the screen. (That's probably what I would do, since we never have ink in our printer.)
Download the free "DIY Felt Mitten Pattern" PDF here. It looks like this:
- If you just happen to have freezer paper, use that to make the pattern so you can press it with a hot iron onto your felt. Freezer paper is such a great tool.
- Sew directly around the edge of your pattern. My card stock pattern (sprayed with basting spray about 4 mittens ago) now has a "serrated" edge from my sewing so very close to it.
- The Fiskars scallop-edge fabric shears I use are no longer sold... but, I've spotted these 5mm scallop edged fabric shears on eBay and they seem to be exactly the same. (If you order them, please let me know what you think.) Decorative edged paper scissors will not work on fabric or felt.
- After carefully trimming the mitten about a millimeter from your stitchline, go back with your straight scissors to further smooth and trim the edges to your liking.
- Remember! ~ with felt, you don't have to stitch on all your embellishments, sometimes glue will work just fine. Yeah!
And please don't forget to add photos of your mittens to the nanaCompany flickr group so I can see! I bet you'll come up with all kinds of inspiring ideas! I think I'll be putting my mittens into a garland, next...