How to Make Mittens Out of an Old Sweater

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Do you have a sweater that’s old and worn out? Or perhaps it’s out of style or the moths got to it. It might also be a favorite sweater that you just don’t want to let go of. If that’s the case, transform it into a cozy pair of sweater mittens.

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To make a pair of sweater mittens you will need the following items:

  • An old sweater
  • Paper
  • A pen or pencil
  • Scissors
  • Thread
  • Sewing pins
  • A sewing machine (optional)

Create a Pattern for Your Sweater Mittens


Create a pattern for your sweater mittens.
Erin Huffstetler

Add a half-inch all the way around your traced hand to allow for seams. You’ll also want to add an inch or more at the bottom of the mitten in order to create a cuff. Make any other necessary (and personalized) tweaks to your mitten design before finalizing your pattern.

Note: If you already have a pair of mittens that fit you well, you can use them as your pattern. Just trace around one of the mittens, and add in the allowances on the sides and bottom for seams and cuffs.


Sew the Mittens Together


Sew the Mittens Together.
Erin Huffstetler

Stitch around the edge of both mittens, leaving a quarter-inch seam allowance. Next, flip the material right-side out, and your mittens are ready to wear or ship to your friend or relative. If you are making a pair of mittens for someone else you’ll have to approximate the size by either cutting larger or smaller than your hand size.

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