In the spirit of using every bit of the quilt I thrifted and after sewing a jacket, a giant tote, and a vest (check out all my quilted pieces), I decided to tackle smaller projects and came up with the idea to make a pair of quilt(ed) mittens.
I had no experience in glove or mitten making and spent some time looking for free patterns on the web.
Here's the mitten pattern I used. It wasn't the most professional-looking one, but it did the trick.
I later found this other one, but I like the "articulated thumb" of the first pattern better. This one might work best with more flexible fabric, like an old sweater.
The process was pretty simple, except that I wanted matching mittens so I took a little time looking for the spot where I'd cut all my pieces.
In hindsight, I wish the top part of the mittens didn't have this huge white stripe, but at this point, there wasn't much fabric left. Beggars can't be choosers!
After I finished sewing the mittens, I realized that they could use some elastic. So I ripped a bunch of seams and sewed the elastic on the inside of the wrist with a zigzag stitch.
This took some finessing and I'm not 100% satisfied with the result, but this will do for now.
A later iteration of this project will include an encased elastic for more comfort and a more professional finish.
And one day I'll commit to French seams to hide the inner seams, but that would have been too bulky for the inside of a quilted mitten... I think...
In the meantime, I'm happy with the look my serger with multi-colored thread gives to the inside of my sewing projects.
I'm pretty satisfied with this first pair. It was a quick project, which means I'll probably make it again in the future.
Now, what should I do next with the leftover fabric? Another bucket hat?
I could also make quilt mittens from scratch!
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