Warm Hands, Warm Heart

Complete 2In a previous article I wrote about using baskets of non-perishable food items as centerpieces at a holiday banquet.  It didn’t take that much effort and we were able to donate over 410 pounds of food to a local food bank.  When we solicited feedback on the banquet, someone mentioned how great it would’ve been if we could have included some cold weather accessories; after all, this is Minnesota.  Accessories?  How did we not think of that before?  Brilliant!

I set off to peruse my “stash”.  I think I’ve mentioned before that I have a borderline hoarding issue with things that I think could be upcycled into something else.  I blame it all on Pinterest.  Thankfully I have an extremely understanding husband and a lot of Rubbermaid storage containers.  I set aside a bunch of yarn that I bought dirt cheap at estate sales.  That would be good for hats and scarves, maybe even some socks or slippers; we’ll see how creative I can get.

Then I hit the Mother Lode, the sweater bin.  If you go to yard sales in the warmer weather, people forget how cold it gets in the winter.  They sell wool sweaters for a buck or two, yes, WOOL!  I don’t care if they have a hole or not, they’re like gold to me.  I wash them in hot water and dry them before cutting them apart; first the sleeves and then the front and back.  I can get three pairs of mittens from one sweater.  I also keep scraps of quilt lining around and clearance fleece blankets that I pick up at discount stores to take care of the other two layers.

After a couple hours, I had figured out roughly how much I had in supplies, and a guess-timate of what I hoped to find to finish the project.  We will probably have about 30 baskets again for centerpieces this year.  I would like to put 3-5 items in each basket to include with our food donation.  I know that might sound like a lot, but it’s a totally doable number.  What better way to use up odds and ends?  People who desperately need winter wear get it, we have more colorful centerpieces, and my husband will delight at my shrinking stash!  If you would like to make your own upcycled mittens from old sweaters, here is a quick tutorial.  Click here for the free PRINTABLE PATTERN.  And remember, anyone who receives these items, whether you know them or not, will definitely appreciate them.  Happy re-crafting!

Wool Sweater

Start with a clean sweater.  Cut the sleeves off at the shoulder seams,

then separate the front from the back.

Layout Pieces

Lay out your pattern pieces and make sure everything will fit!

Quilt Lining

Cut out the quilting and fleece liner pieces.

Match Thumbs

Sew together the palms by matching the thumbs.  Then sew the palm to the top.

Ready for Liner

Slide the fleece layer inside the wool and quilting layers.

Note the seams for the liner…keep the finished side for your hand!

  Complete Inside View

The finished project…quilts for your hands.  The warmest mittens I’ve ever owned.

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16 responses to this post.

  1. The link to the pattern doesn’t seem to be working. Can you check the link? I would LOVE a pattern for these!

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  2. Posted by Bonnie on August 3, 2014 at 12:19 pm

    any luck on posting the pattern yet?

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  3. Posted by karen on December 27, 2014 at 9:48 pm

    Your instructions and pictures are great! Do you mind emailing the pattern to me?
    kenndy@comcast.net

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  4. Any luck linking up the pattern yet? If not, I’d love a copy e-mailed to me. Thank you!

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  5. Posted by Veni on January 9, 2015 at 2:30 pm

    Please email me a pattern. venisankar@yahoo.com Thanks

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  6. Is the link still not working for the mitten pattern? I would love to get this, as I seem to have an issue trying to find a tutorial that shows and/or tells how to put the linings in the mittens, and an easier pattern to follow.

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    • I believe I have emailed the pattern and directions to all who have requested them. If you’re still waiting, please reach out again! I will email them as soon as I can. Thanks, Roxanne

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  7. Posted by Pam on February 14, 2015 at 8:57 pm

    Is it possible for you to email the pattern to me

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  8. Posted by pam on February 15, 2015 at 2:06 pm

    could you send a copy of the pattern and instructions to my email please?

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  9. Posted by Sue on February 28, 2015 at 8:12 am

    I love the simplicity of this mitten. Great job! Would love the pattern. Just signed up to follow your blog.

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  10. Posted by pam keiser on March 16, 2015 at 7:36 pm

    Could I get a copy of the pattern and instructions emailed to me

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  11. Posted by Heather on March 25, 2015 at 8:24 pm

    may I please have the pattern – thank you

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  12. Posted by Tammy on September 21, 2015 at 10:08 am

    Could I get a copy And Directions Also for the mittens !

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