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The weather outside is frightful but this project is seriously delightful. Have you ever wanted new warm woolen mittens? These adorable mittens made from an old sweater are sure to make an extra-special holiday gift.

To make your own you will need:

1 - Felted sweater
1 - Pattern paper (you can make your own)
1 - Pair of Scissors
1 - Needle and thread or a sewing machine

How to felt a sweater. You may have even done this on accident before. Before starting these mittens you will need to felt a sweater. You will need a sweater that is 100% wool - wash and dry a sweater-using the hottest water setting in your washing machine, and the hottest dryer setting to dry. The soap, water, and heat will cause the fibers to felt. Test your sweater for felting by snipping the edge. It should not fray. If it does, wash and dry again.

To make your pattern place your hand on a piece of white paper and trace around, adding 1/2-inch seam allowance around the pattern. Cut out your mitten shapes from the paper. Place your pattern on the sweater, with the wrist at the bottom edge of the sweater (this will give your mittens a finished look). Stitch edge with 1/4-inch seam allowance. If you use the machine use a looser stitch so your mittens can stretch. Turn mittens right side out. If you want you can steam with an iron to finish. To line these mittens you can use an old fleece blanket and the same pattern.



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