Thursday, September 14, 2017

Decorative Felt Mittens - Free Tutorial and Patterns

Felt Mittens - Easy Tutorial 

I found these cute Felt ideas at Pinterest. I have a lot of Pins there for Holiday Decorations and Crafts.
Go to https://www.pinterest.com/laceroseayla/
to see all my Boards and Pins for great ideas!



          Two of the dozen Red Mittens I made



I made four of these white mittens with red embroidered snowflakes and red beads


From Pinterest the idea behind the red mittens I made


The red embroidered snowflake pattern with red beads I used for my white mittens. This was also found at Pinterest

Supplies to make Mittens

To make these Mittens you will need felt that comes by the yard because it is thicker than the  squares of felt that you get in the multi colored felt packs.  You can use those squares if you wish.  I prefer the thicker felt that you can get from Hobby Lobby and Craft type stores like Michaels and Joann.
You will need embroidery floss and thread for the beads. Small beads, pins, ruler, the patterns and embroidery large eye needle and a thin needle that has a large enough eye for the thread as well as thin enough for the beads. 

I have been doing crafting for 40 years and usually buy things in large lots.  I also go to the 2nd hand store to get a lot of my supplies.  If I am doing something specifically for a child under the age of three, I will then use all new materials for health safety.   I usually wash all the materials if they come from the 2nd hand store. I always buy my felt by the yard and that is new material. No need to wash new felt. 



I had bought a pattern from online for another Mitten kit and this was the mitten pattern I used for all the Mittens


The Mitten cuff on the top left is what came with the Kit.  I made the Triangle out of cardboard. Lower is the Mitten cuff I cut out of cardboard that has the scalloped edging. 
These two photos can be printed and used for your pattern. You can crop out the ruler and then just print with black ink. Use your ruler to gauge the size of mitten you want. 
By the way the kit I bought was this one below:
I got it from this place - she has several to choose from: Ericas Wool Felt Kits





 White felt with the paper Mitten patterns ready to cut out. 

I layered my felt by the yard from Hobby Lobby with two layers.  Then pinned the paper patterns on the felt.  I cut the rough squares with my large scissors. Then I used my smaller sharp scissors to cut the curves more accurately.  It really helps to have good sharp scissors to cut material. 

I used red, white and green embroidery floss for these Mittens.

Red Mitten

After you cut out your mittens and your triangle, attach the green triangle on the one top side of the mitten piece.  I used running stitches to attach the triangle as well as attaching the two mitten pieces together. Lastly attach the cuff with a running stitch as well. You can add a button to the top of the cuff if you wish it to look like the one on Pinterest.  If you want to add beads to the triangle, add those before you attach the triangle to the mitten. 

Running stitch to attach the triangle on the Mitten front.

Snowflake Mitten



The snowflake pattern was a very simple one length stitch from the outer edge to the center for each 8 legs of the spoke. The same one length stitch for the ends of the snowflake. 
I used a ruler to measure the center of the area where I wanted the snowflake. I drew on the snowflake using the ruler and a red felt tip pen. The felt tip pen markings will be covered by the floss so it is not visible.  I only drew the four main lines. My vision is very limited so my embroidery is not professional at all.  These are very simple stitches that a young child can do.  Lastly I added the beads with some Ecru colored Pearle cotton.  It is not as thick as a six strand floss. See this chart it is B on the chart.  Regular Embroidery floss is E on the chart. Chart explanation from Cotton threads


Sizes of Pearl Cotton and Embroidery floss



Pearle Ecru cotton thread, thin needle and beads

Make sure your bead will fit on the needle. Thread your needle with the desired thread. Add bead by starting from the underside of your Mitten and add your bead where desired. 
After you embroider your snowflake and attach your beads you can then use the running stitch to join the two mitten pieces together. Lastly add your cuff piece with the running stitch. 

Other Mitten Ideas

I found these other ideas at Pinterest.





I hope to find these cute Heart shaped buttons! 


I have some large red and green buttons that will be perfect for this project! 




I really like this tree and I may do a shortened version on a white Mitten.



I have a lot of white buttons - perfect for this tree shape



These three snowmen are so cute!!!



The Blanket stitch takes more embroidery floss than the running stitch, however, it looks so cute!

Close up of this project. Looks like material attached with a star made from embroidery floss


So many cute ideas!!! Most of these Pins at Pinterest do not have patterns - so you will have to make your own.

I like the Snowmen and I will probably do those next! So stay tuned for the next tutorial on the Snowmen!!!