I really hate to waste anything. I usually wear my garments to the point where they are no longer functional. So taking them to the thrift store often doesn’t make a lot of sense. They can no longer be put up for sale.
That means that I have a huge plastic storage bin full of old clothes or scraps of old clothes. I pay a lot of attention to the colors and materials of the attire that I buy, so all of the scraps are perfect for repurchasing into new items. They already fit with my style.
I have had an old red shirt around for a while which I hadn’t found a use for. But lately with it being so cold outside, I realized that I needed a new pair of mittens. It occurred to me that the shirt would be perfect for this project.
The red color looks festive for the holiday season and the material is nice and warm.
So I set about making my new mittens a reality. I filmed it as a video tutorial so that you can follow along and make a pair of mittens of your own!
You do not need a lot of supplies for this project, which is one of the reasons that I’m so happy to share it with you. You probably already have most of what you need.
The lace which I mentioned in the materials list is optional, but it makes a lovely embellishment and gives the mittens a more “finished” appearance.
As for the old shirt that you use, I recommend if possible that you pick one which has an elastic cuff at the bottom. That way, you can cut the mittens from the bottom and have that same elastic cuff around your wrists just as you would get with store-bought mittens.
This is very helpful not only in holding in heat, but also keeping out snow.
What if you don’t have that? That is okay—you can still enjoy making this winter craft project out of a different shirt. If you are talented with a needle and thread, you may be able to purchase elastic separately and stitch it in.
Otherwise, you can just skip out on the cuffs altogether. You will still have warm mittens.
Note that you do not necessarily need a shirt for this project either. You can also make it out of an old skirt or blanket or any other sufficiently large piece of cloth.
Ready to get started? Read the materials and tools lists below, and check out the video and written instructions. Even if you are a beginner at sewing, you should find this easy sewing project very approachable.
You have now created your very own pair of handcrafted mittens out of an old shirt. You’ve made good use of old material and have given it new life in a form which should serve you well over the holiday season and throughout the rest of winter.
A pair of handmade mittens can also make a great Christmas gift for someone on your list. The nice thing about mittens is that it is easier to make them one-size-fits-all than it would be if you were trying to create gloves.
If working on this project has you in the mood to do some more sewing, there are a lot of great projects for you to check out on our site which are perfect for this season.
You can start out by learning how to make stylish scarvess to go with your new mittens. If you’re looking for more handcrafted gift ideas, here are some which you can sew this holiday season. Finally, now that you know how to make a pair of mittens, you may want to learn how to make oven mitts and potholders. Have fun crafting!