How-To Guide: Make your own Mittens

Mittens are an important piece of winter equipment. While there is an abundance of options to purchase, it is not hard to make your own mittens. Follow these step-by-step instructions to create a pair yourself.

Step 1: Find a pattern

There are many patterns out there. I found mine from fleecefun.com; A Snow Walker’s Companion also has good ones. Copy or print them out and cut the pattern from the page. If the pattern is too long (such as the one from fleecefun), trim the top portion down to be ½” longer than your hand.

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Step 2: Gather materials to make your own mittens

You can make your mittens from wool, fleece, leather, sheepskin, fur, or pretty much any material that suits you. If you are going for warmth, wool, fleece, sheepskin, and fur are all great. Using the fur of an aquatic mammal such as a muskrat or beaver will result in mittens that shed water easily and keep your hands warm when wet.

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Step 3: Trace the pattern onto the material

Trace the pattern onto the material, then flip it over and trace the other side. This will produce the shapes for both hands. This is also when you should decide which side should be facing inward towards your hand. Sheepskin generally faces inward, while most other furs face outward. Wool and fleece can face either way. You should also decide whether the seams are going to be on the inside or outside when you are finished.

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Step 4: Cut the pattern from the material

Using a sharp knife, cut the pattern out of the material. You should now have 3 pieces for each mitten: a wrist, a palm, and a back.

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Step 5: Sew the wrist and palm together

Take the wrist and palm pieces for one hand (the pieces with the thumbs) and sew them together. You can use a machine or do it by hand. I use a speedy stitcher, but using a whipstitch works too.

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Step 6: Invert it

If you want to have the seems on the inside, carefully turn the thumb section inside out.

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Step 7: Attach the backs

Sew the back of the mitten onto the combine palm and wrist pieces. If you are using fur and want the seams on the inside, make sure the thumb and the fur are both facing inward. When you are done, the mitten will be turned inside out, putting the fur and thumb on the outside and the seams on the inside.

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Step 8: Invert it

You are now done with the sewing part and should have what looks like an inside-out mitten. Carefully turn the entire thing right-side out. Congratulations, you made your own mitten!

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Step 9: Repeat Steps

Repeat the process for the mitten for the other hand, and you are done!

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