Saturday, October 24, 2009

A tutorial: my thumbless mittens for winter babes

I came up with this for our Holiday Craft Fairs

Here is the tutorial:

Begin with a cut out pattern of the size mitten you would like.
Lay over a double layer of fleece of your liking

Cut out two double layer sets

Cut out a piece of 1/4 in elastic roughly as long as the flat edges of your two cut pieces lying side by side plus 2 inches

Lay one piece flat on the table wrong side up, take the elastic and lie it about 1/2 in. inside the flat edge (so you can fold over the edge to fully cover the elastic)

Fold the edge over the elastic (this will be on the inside of the mitten)

Sew along the folded edge, making sure NOT to sew into the elastic!!!

When you get almost to the end of the first half of the mitten, take the second half and fold around the elastic. as you did previously, while it is still in the sewing machine. Continue sewing in one continuous stitch.

It should look like this when done

Then fold the two together with RIGHT sides together

Gather the fabric and pull the elastic until desired tension and stretch is reached

With fabric still gathered, place under presser foot of sewing machine and begin sewing around the perimeter of the mitten

When you get to the end of the stitching the perimeter (almost to the wrist end opposite where you started) pull the fabric away from the area you need to finish stitching.

Hold in place and stitch to the end of the mitten wrist

Clip the excess elastic and threads

Here is the finished wrong side out view

And the finished product

Now as they say: lather, rinse and REPEAT for the second mitten

Hope their are some toasty warm baby hands happening after this tutorial!

OOOOHHHHHHHH...I also added these clasps to the vests~



  1. Well Laura, you just keep coming up with even greater ideas! God job.

    They are so cure, especially the printed ones that you did.

    Love you.


  2. those are so cute, and it seems fairly simple. the clasps are perfect!

  3. I love the mittens and I love the clasps. What sizes are the vests again? What winter craft shows are you doing?

  4. A very good tutorial. I hope all is well with you and your family.

    Believe me, I saw them in the flesh!
    The mitts, remind me of little acorns.
    The vests are going to be cozy and warm!

    Great ideas, Birdie! Love, Momma