Wednesday, February 10, 2010

A Snowy Day

Introducing my latest crafty love-
upcycling & refashioning sweaters!
I am dreaming of something BIG in my future with all of this- and one day, God willing-
it will be a reality. Until then, I'm having fun teaching myself a lot about clothing,
fabric, and putting it all together.
Last weekend, I found the most beautiful 80's Liz Claiborne sweater at the thrift mart for $6.00.
So far, I've been able to make three pairs of mittens out of it- Papa bear, Mama bear, and
Baby bear size!
I really wish I had some sweet red velvet ribbon to trim the bottom of them!
Super easy to make: Trace your hand on a piece of paper to make a mitten pattern. Don't forget to include your wristies, too. I usually add about an inch more around the pattern to allow for seam allowances, etc. It is especially nice to place the paper pattern on the sweater so the wrist rests on the elastic waistband part of your sweater for the benefit of a finished edge.
For Cub's pair, I zig-zagged the edges of the mitten wrist to prevent unraveling.
With wrong sides together, sew around the mitten using a zig-zag stitch.
When finished, turn inside-out and you have a lovely pair of
mittens for yourself or a loved one.
Enjoy the day, Everybody.
It is a winter wonderland here.
The snow is gorgeous
and we have a day off!!!


Kat said...

Love the colors of the mittens and were having a snowy day here ourselves too.

J for Jendetta said...

this is simply wonderful! you could make her a matching hat too!

Jojo said...

Great project and how lucky you are to have a snow day!

April said...

yay for thrifted sweaters! i love that one.

Kristin at My Art and the Mom in Me said...

What a beautiful mitten!! I hope you did enjoy the winter wonderland up there... although, it probably still is a winter wonderland, huh? Surely that snow will be sticking around a while, huh? Stay Warm!!!

PS. regarding my blog post, Yes, we did move here just over a year ago..and we will be moving again, still, in Texas, but we neeeed to be near a big city, so a San Antonio or an Austin suburb, here we come! (Our deadline to move is by summer 2011, as Allison will start kindergarten in September 2011, Kindergarten - oh my!)