Skill Level: Moderate
Time Required: 1 to 4 hours (depending on complexity of embroidery)
Project Cost: $10 to $20 (depending on cost of thrifted sweater)
Using thrifted sweaters, Rose transformed something old into fabulous gifts for her friend and sister. She saves time for the embroidery by using the cuffs as hems. Here's how to make a pair for everyone on your list:
- Wool sweater
- Sewing machine
- Embroidery floss or sock yarn
- Pattern for "simple felted wool mittens" from the Purl Bee
- Find/buy a wool sweater to felt. 80% to 100% wool content is best.
- Wash in washing machine with hot water and a cold rinse, using your regular detergent. You can put in a pair of jeans for extra agitation. Dry in the dryer.
- Check that the sweater is felted to your required density and, if not, repeat step 2.
- Cut the sweater apart along the seams so you have flat pieces of fabric to work with.
- Following the Purl Bee pattern, align the the edges for the mitten cuffs on the pattern pieces along the ribbed edge of the sweater (waist or wrists).
- Cut out pattern pieces as directed.
- Embroider the mitten with embroidery floss or sock yarn. One of my designs was based on a design in The New Crewel by Katherine Shaughnessy.
- Sew the mitten pieces together as directed in the pattern.
Thanks to Rose for sharing the Felted Mittens gift idea.
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