The Easiest Way To Make Sweater Mittens!

My husband wears holes in the elbows of all of his sweaters, and I patch them up, but it’s only so long before the sweaters are just too worn for him to wear anymore. I hate to just toss them, so the last time he wore through his elbow patches, I decided to upcycle the sweater into sweater mittens! Today I’m going to share with you the absolute easiest way to make sweater mittens; it will take you less than ten minutes to turn an old sweater into a pair of mittens!

How to make sweater mittens in less than 10 minutes

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All you need for this project is an old sweater and some sewing supplies! If you live somewhere extremely cold, you can also make fleece-lined sweater mittens for added warmth.

The Easiest Way To Make Sweater Mittens

  • Time spent doing stuff: 10 minutes
  • Time spent waiting around: 0 minutes
  • Total project time: 10 minutes

Tools

  • sewing machine
  • fabric scissors
  • sewing pins
  • marker

Materials

  • an old sweater
  • a piece of paper

How to make sweater mittens in less than 10 minutes

Instructions

Make a pattern for your sweater mittens by tracing your hand (or the hand of whoever the mittens are for). Trace around your hand in a mitten shape, leaving half an inch or more for seam allowance, and so your hand has room to move inside the mitten. Make sure you leave enough room at the wrist to put the mittens on and pull them off!

How to make sweater mittens in less than 10 minutes

Cut out the pattern.

How to make sweater mittens in less than 10 minutes

Turn your old sweater inside out and lay it down, lining up the bottom hems with each other. Place your pattern on the sweater, lining up the wrist with the bottom hem of the sweater. Trace the pattern with a marker.

How to make sweater mittens in less than 10 minutes

Cut out the sweater mittens using fabric scissors. Make sure to cut through both the front and back layers of your sweater!

How to make sweater mittens in less than 10 minutes

Once the mitten is cut out, pin the front and back pieces together.

How to make sweater mittens in less than 10 minutes

Sew around the mitten leaving a 1/4” seam allowance.

Remove the pins, trim any loose threads, and trim any extra fabric from the seams so there isn’t too much bulk inside the sweater mittens.

How to make sweater mittens in less than 10 minutes

Turn the mittens right side out, and you’re good to go! Repeat the steps to make a second mitten, and you’re ready for the cold weather!

How to make sweater mittens in less than 10 minutes

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Jessi Wohlwend

I believe that anyone can do crafts and DIY projects, regardless of skill or experience. I love sharing simple craft ideas, step by step DIY project tutorials, cleaning hacks, and other tips and tricks all with one goal in mind: giving you the tools you need to “do it yourself”, complete fun projects, and make awesome things!

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  1. Susan says

    3 years ago

    I’ve seen this idea for a while but never really bothered to read the steps. Thanks for the clear tutorial. I have a mountain of old sweaters that need to be either donated or crafted into something new.

  2. Susan says

    3 years ago

    I love making mittens from sweaters and have been doing it for years. I even got compliments from my teen daughters on our sweater mittens (and we all know that teen daughters are the toughest graders on earth!).

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