Turn Old Sweater into New Mittens – How To

Hello Winter, I live in a place which was always warm and cozy. I never felt this cold in my city. I am the one in my family who is running around to keep herself warm in as many ways as possible. It is my foot and palms that goes chill first. They are like ice cold. To keep my foot warm, I started wearing slip-ons. They keep my feet warm. Okay, you might ask me now what about keeping my palm warm. Well, I had this option of wearing gloves. But, soon I took them off. Why?? Because you know, I am a blogger, a smartphone user and also, I work at home. It was difficult to wear gloves and keep doing all of it. I felt what if I could set my fingers free. And as they say necessity is mother of invention. So I got the idea of making finger less new mittens.

It is very easy to make. You don’t need to sit and struggles with sewing the wool. If you have an old sweater and know little stitching, then you are sorted. Without delay, let’s start making some mittens.

AND you’ll be revloving the used into something new!… these mittens make great gifts and are super easy to coordinate to your friends and families outerwear, personalities and favourite colours!… Let the sweater hunt being!

Old Sweater Into New Mittens:

Items required:

  1. A Sweater
  2. Sewing kit / Sewing Machine
  3. Scirrors
  4. Chalk


To get started turning your sweater into a pair of mittens we need to make a pattern of our hand (or the hands of the person that we’re making the mittens for)… if you want to keep the gift a surprise trace your friend’s hand exactly or have them photocopy their hand for you!… Then trace around the hand shape in a larger mitten shape, leaving space between hand and edge of mitten shape because your hand needs some room in there AND we need some seam allowance for sewing the mitten together! and be sure to make the wrist even a little bit larger to make sure hands can fit into the mittens! 🙂

Step by step:

Lay your sweater inside out. Here I am going to make mittens from the hands of the sweater. Once the shape of the hand is traced, cut it out.

Turn Old Sweater into New Mittens - How To

Don’t worry – the sweater is inside out so you are marking on the inside… and we still have to cut it out and sew the mitten together… the marker will not be view able even if there is some that didn’t get cut away…

Turn Old Sweater into New Mittens - How To

Cut out your mitten!… work slowly as you’ll be cutting through two layers of the sweater to make each mitten.


Turn Old Sweater into New Mittens - How To

Once the mittens have been cut out pin around each mitten to hold the two layers of sweater together… this will help keep them from slipping apart while you are sewing.

Once you’re all pinned you can hand sew or machine sew around the mitten… don’t forget to backstitch at the beginning and end to ensure the stitches don’t come loose!…

Turn Old Sweater into New Mittens - How To

I chose to machine sew my mittens as it was a little quicker than I would have been hand sewing!… I’m impatient and I wanted them right meow! Once you’ve sewn around be sure to remove all of the pins!

Trim off any excess seam that may get bulky inside and then turn your mittens right side out… then of course take it for a test spin!.. you just worked hard at making the mitten… its time to test the fit!

Turn Old Sweater into New Mittens - How To


It fit!… Do a little celebratory dance… then its time to get back to work… we’ve got a second mitten to make! The second mitten goes just like the first… make sure the sweater is inside out with the bottom hem lined up. Trace the mitten pattern on with a marker… and repeat the steps from the before. So now you made both the mittens but they are not finger less.

To make them finger less, just snip off the finger section of mitten by half. Now, do a little hem around the finger section to secure threads from ripping off. Tada!!! Finger less mittens are ready to use.

…tie with a ribbon and add one of these darling free christmas and holiday tag printable ……and the mittens are ready to gift!

I can’t wait to see the mittens that you make… what knits and sweater patterns you turn into some handmade mittens!  Please come and share some photos of your mittens in progress and of your final pairs of mittens over at the Belle Indiana Facebook page!

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