Upcycled Embellished Mittens – Tutorial

I made these upcycled mittens for the SYTYC contest but decided to go with another idea instead.

Upcycled Embellished Mittens - Tutorial via lilblueboo.com
Step 1: I made a template using my daughter’s hand and cut out 2 mitten shapes for each hand (4 total) from a soft ice blue microfiber golf shirt. These are the outsides of the mittens.

Upcycled Embellished Mittens - Tutorial step 1 via lilblueboo.com
I cut out 2 mitten shapes for each hand (4 total) from a pair of white stretchy sweatpants. These are the warm insides of the mittens.

Upcycled Embellished Mittens - Tutorial step 1a via lilblueboo.com
You should have 4 pieces for each mitten: 2 insides, and 2 outsides.

Upcycled Embellished Mittens - Tutorial step 1b via lilblueboo.com
Step 2: For each mitten I placed the two outside pieces right sides together and sewed around the edges, leaving the wrist area open. Repeat for the inside pieces.

Upcycled Embellished Mittens - Tutorial step 2 via lilblueboo.com
Step 3: Turn all the mitten pieces right side out and inside lining up into the outside mitten.

Upcycled Embellished Mittens - Tutorial step 3 via lilblueboo.com

Step 4: Trim the outside and inside wrists of the mittens so that the edges are flush.

Upcycled Embellished Mittens - Tutorial step 4 via lilblueboo.com

Step 5: Using white DMC embroidery thread, I stitched around the edges turning the outside of the mitten inward over the inside lining.

Upcycled Embellished Mittens - Tutorial step 5 via lilblueboo.com
Step 6: To make each rose I cut a small strip of knit.….each a little bit different size.

Upcycled Embellished Mittens - Tutorial step 6 via lilblueboo.com
Step 7:
Folding one corner downward (wrong sides together), I started a gathering stitch along one edge as shown below:

Upcycled Embellished Mittens - Tutorial step 7 via lilblueboo.com
Step 8: Next I folded the following edges together and continued the gathering stitch….

Upcycled Embellished Mittens - Tutorial step 8 via lilblueboo.com
….matching and stitching the edges together….

Upcycled Embellished Mittens - Tutorial step 8a via lilblueboo.com
…….until I reached the opposite side. Basically, instead of folding the rectangle in half you are offsetting it slightly which will make the flower folds more interesting.

Upcycled Embellished Mittens - Tutorial step 8b via lilblueboo.com
Step 9: Straighten out your piece until all the stitches are at the bottom. Your piece will be twisted:

Upcycled Embellished Mittens - Tutorial step 9 via lilblueboo.com
Step 10:
Take a bobby pin and clip it onto the end where you started your stitching….

Upcycled Embellished Mittens - Tutorial step 10 via lilblueboo.com
…..and twist until the flower gathers as shown. Stitch through the bottom of the flower several times to secure all the petals.

Upcycled Embellished Mittens - Tutorial step 10a via lilblueboo.com
Step 11:
Sew the flowers onto the mittens.….

Upcycled Embellished Mittens - Tutorial step 11 via lilblueboo.com
…..as well as tiny leaf shapes.

Upcycled Embellished Mittens - Tutorial step 11a via lilblueboo.com
Fun, functional, dainty mitten….plus, they are warm!

Upcycled Embellished Mittens - Tutorial step 11b via lilblueboo.com
Boo is the final test….and she loves them!

Upcycled Embellished Mittens - Tutorial step finished via lilblueboo.com

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  1. 1

    These are so cute, I would have voted for these for sure!

  2. 2
    Chacoy pronounced: Sha-coi says:

    How cute, the both of them:)You did it again!
    You have an award wating for you here:
    http://ma21cuteboy.blogspot.com/2009/12/its-my-golden-globe.html
    Congratulations!
    Ma21cuteboy

  3. 3

    love the mittens!

    now you gotta play around with some airplane/monkey/car/monster details to go on top for boys, instead of flowers, for my littles! ;)

  4. 4

    Love these!! Thanks for sharing! My kids all need mittens and I have one boy so I double the boy patterns. Just thinking….My kids mittens are always falling off-any thoughts on how I might put some elastic in the wrist :)

    • 5

      To make them stay on just cut some cuffs off the sleeves of an old sweatshirt and sew them on the mittens, which you could of course make out of the sweatshirt fabric so they would match.

  5. 6
    Alli Cat Creations says:

    Super cute…..I would say that you are the scarf this week. Im going out of my comfort zone on this one. But you might be the cork stamp too……Either way both are great ideas…..Needing some more dresses…LOLOL..

  6. 7

    I want a pair of these! Can you make them in my size? I do have tiny hands…

  7. 8

    Very cute ! VERY CUTE!

  8. 9
    Rachel@oneprettything.com says:

    Aww, those are so, so cute! Thanks so much for yet another fabulous idea. I'll be linking.

  9. 10
    Just Rhonda says:

    HOLY cute!!!!

  10. 11

    Of course Boo loved them – they're FABULOUS!!

    I featured your tutorial on Craft Gossip Sewing:
    http://sewing.craftgossip.com/tutorial-mittens-with-fabric-rosette-embellishments/2009/12/15/

    –Anne

  11. 12

    So cute! Looks like Sienna loves them too!

  12. 13

    Oh I'm soo making these! I haven't bought my kids gloves because it doesn't usually get cold where we live, but it's been a bit chilly this year so this will be perfect!

  13. 14
    Cole's Corner says:

    Those are great! Love them.

  14. 15

    Those are adorable. I have to make some this year. They would make great gifts too! Thanks for the great tutorial.

  15. 16

    You are my new best friend. Just thought you should know. Love this tutorial!

  16. 17

    These are SO stinkin' cute!! I love them!!! I can't decide which one is yours over at SYTYC!

  17. 18

    I just made these mittens they are SO cute. I made them my own but the advice was very helpful!

  18. 19
    Marilee Hird says:

    I didn’t read all the comments, so perhaps I missed it. How do you keep them on? It seems that with no elastic or cuff, they would come off too easily.

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