Monday, October 29, 2007

A mitten ornament tutorial ~

I thought that I'd share with you how I make these sweet little mitten ornaments. I love the look that they have, a little aged with a dusting of "snow".

First, I cut the mitten shape from a double layer of cotton batting - it has a beautiful creamy color to it. And then I sew around the outer edge with a 1/4" seam allowance leaving the end open. (You can even hand sew this!)

Clip the area between the thumb and the mitten close to the stitching. Then turn it right side out. I used pinking shears on the edge of the mitten, too.

For the next step, I threaded my needle and gathered across where the wrist would be and pulled slightly. Then I tied a knot to hold the gathering.





Next, I cut a small length of ribbon and wrapped it around the gathered wrist area and looped it through itself and took a small stitch through it to hold it.




Then I added a snippet of lace on top of the ribbon and took one stitch through it as well.



I added about three vintage buttons, stitching each one on . . .



And tied it off inside the mitten.





You may not choose to do this step, but as you know I love old things so I sprayed some instant coffee onto the mittens to give them an aged look. Don't worry, if you spray too much you can blot with a paper towel to absorb some of the coffee.




Next, I paint little wisps of glue here and there (Elmer's is just fine) and sprinkle clear glitter to give the look of snow.




And last but not least, I will sew on a little loop on the outer top edge of the mitten with button & carpet thread to hang on the Christmas tree!
(This step isn't pictured)


Here is the pattern...simply click on it to enlarge it.
Open it up in your photo editing program on your computer
and there you can size it whatever size you desire!


Well, I hope this was easy enough to understand
and please let me know if you make any,
I'd love to see them!
xxoo, Dawn

42 comments:

Sher's Creative Expressions said...

Thank you Dawn for the detailed instructions. I think my 13 year old and her friends may enjoy making some of these for Christmas! I'm always looking for things for them to do to keep them occupied (sorry, they like to bake, but the mess they make - oh boy, I try to keep them outta the kitchen : )

Blessings (and Happy Monday!)

Sher

Lori said...

Dawn, these are so very sweet!! thanks for sharing with us!!

Dixie Redmond said...

I would love to have a whole tree of these! Thanks so much, Dawn!

Renewed Reflections said...

OO I love them I will have to give a try.. with having 6 kids ,lil mittens on the Tree will be such a sweet addition for this house full of children! Thank you for sharing.

Storybook Woods said...

Oh thank you, these are adorable. I think we would have fun making them. Clarice

red tin heart said...

Dawn, what a great tutorial. I loved it. The mittens are darling.Great Job! xoxo Nita

Lorrie said...

What a wonderful tutorial, Dawn. Sweet, sweet mittens. A great project - doable for busy people. Thanks so much.

Jennifer said...

These are right up my alley!!! Can't wait to try them...will let you know! Jennifer

maija said...

Dawn, thank you very much for wonderful tutorial!

Flea Market Queen said...

Love these little mittens!
I have to make these and hang them on my tree!
Thanks for sharing...
Priscilla

Miss Sandy said...

Dawn,
These little mittens are just darling. I think they are so sweet. Thanks for sharing the insturctions.
Miss Sandy

Dana said...

They are so cute thank you, thank you, for sharing such a great idea!!

Jeanne said...

Wow, thanks for sharing how you make these darling little mittens.

Denise said...

Your mittens are too cute!

Sweet Roses & Vintage Chique said...

Oh what a great idea! I think they are so sweet! Thanks for the instructions on how to make these lovely decorations.

Sarah said...

Oh how CUTE!!! I absolutely love these...oh the possibilities!

Bethany said...

I love these!!! I want to make some right away...well as soon as I finish up the coat Im making right now! lol
VERY clear and easy to understand tutorial:)

Eva said...

I love these, they are so lovely! Thankyou for the instructions, I hope I can make them.

chocolate girl said...

adorable! what a great tutorial. my daughter and i are very inspired! these are just so pretty! thank you so much for sharing this with us!

Jill said...

Thanks for the darling mitten tutorial. It was very thoughtful of you to share.
I love the glitter!

Jill00

lena-lou said...

I came to you from Nancy's blog and think your tutorial is fab. I can't wait to have a play and make some of these :-) Thank-you for sharing and have a wonderful Christmas time :))

Vee said...

Dawn, thank you for a wonderful tutorial. I will add these to my list of pretties to make for 2008...Your ornaments are are so charmingly beautiful!

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Sachiko said...

Hi,
I came to you from Nancy's blog.
Sooooo cute ornaments!!

lena-lou said...

I have made some mitt's , they are on my blog now :-)
Thanks again for the idea !

Claudia said...

Thanks so much for this lovely idea! I visited your blog thanks to Helen (Lena-Lou)and I'm glad that I've found this lovely place!
Claudia :)

Ritsumei said...

These mittens are lovely - and your tutorial is wonderful! I just started cutting out mittens to build a stash of gifts to give away at Christmas time rather than tearing my hair out trying to bake for all the people that we love. These are the first ornaments that I'm working on! Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful ideas!

Oh - if you wanted to see some of the other ornaments that I'm thinking of making, the "roundup" post I made is here.

Virginia said...

They are so cute !! Thank your for sharing the tutorial :o)

Kristi said...

Thank you, thank you, thank you for the detailed instructions on how to make these darling mitten ornaments. I can't wait to get started on them! I think they will be cute present toppers as well.

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

This was a wonderful project. Thank you for sharing!

Linda said...

Thank you for this wonderful tutorial...it was so easy to follow. I've added a photo here
Merry Christmas!

Angelina's Trinkets said...

Thank you for the mitten tutorial. I just love the idea and think I will go make some right now for my little tree.

Thank you and Merry Christmas Wishes,
Angelina

SRK Quilts said...

Your site is lovely. Thanks for the pattern.

Tracy Suzanne said...

Love, love, love these! Isn't it funny how the simplest things seem to be the most beautiful. It takes a creative person to see what most of us can not. And that is you. Thanks for another tutorial - very generous of you...
Tracy

CC said...

These are just the sweetest things ever. I just love them and will get busy this weekend making some of myself. Thank you so much for the tutorial..how sweet of you to share with us.

the vintage wren said...

Adorable, you are one crafty mama, I love it. It's so awesome that you take the time to share these.

Anonymous said...

how do i get the pattern for the mitten i did'nt see any place to click. Thanks Kathy.
Kwillis14@verizon.net

Dolly LaBelle said...

These are adorable and classy! Thank you for the complete instructions too. I have passed this along to some friends.
I stumbled on your site from someone else's and have enjoyed my visit.
Certainly will put you in favorites now, and stop by again.
Happy Creating,
Dolly
Make Time To Create

Karen/My Colonial Home said...

Oh how absolutely adorable.
Thanks for sharing.
P.S. I saw this on Pinterest!
Karen

Terry said...

These are seriously beautiful. They looks so elegant.

Racine said...

I stumbled on this and am VERY glad I did - I love this whole page - thank you for doing all this and letting us share.

screendoorgirl3 said...

Hi! I found you on Pinterest and I'm finally getting around to enjoying your blog. Can't wait to try these soft, sweet mittens. Thanks!

regency jean said...

Hello, I too have found you on pinterest & although too late for this year would love to make these for 2014. Thank you so much for the idea.

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