I’ve been trying to clear some of the mundane little projects from my list this week. That means I’ve finished up a pair of pj pants for one of the boys (how is it they manage to outgrow them so fast???).
I’ve also made these long mitts for the Small Fry. He (like other 2 year olds) has huge trouble with keeping his mitts on when he’s playing outside and somehow manages to come in with snow and ice up to his elbows!
Here’s how to do it if you need to make a pair, too.
Trace a mitt that fits well but just needs to be lengthened. Add about 1/4 inch (or more if you prefer) seam allowance. Also, extend the bottom of the mitt down so that the length of the finished mitt will end around the elbow of the wear-er. I made this pair of mittens to be worn over a thin long sleeve or with a short sleeve t-shirt. If you need to accommodate sweater bulk, flare the added length like with an a-line dress.
Step Two :
Match the pieces in pairs with right sides together. If you have trouble remembering which is the right side of the fleece, just tug gently on the cut edge. The fleece will naturally curl towards the back of the fabric. You might think this won’t matter but it’s more obvious once the fleece has been washed a few times and a mistake here will show later on.
Match each mitten outer with a mitten liner. Slide the lining inside the mitten so that the wrong sides are facing. If you are worried about the lining and the mitten outer separating just make a couple of hand stitches in the end of the thumb and at the tip of the finger section along the seam line and making sure to go through all the layers.
Create an elastic casing. I chose to sew a line 3/4 inch away from the edge. Then, I sewed a second line 1/4 inch from the edge, leaving a space to insert the elastic. Insert 1/4 inch wide elastic (I needed a piece 6 1/2 inches long), lap the ends, and close up the space. Pink the edges to finish the mittens.