Small Fry, Long Mitts

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???).Finished ANOTHER pair of pj pants

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!Trying on the mittens and hoping to go outdoors!

Here’s how to do it if you need to make a pair, too.

Step One:

Trace the mitten, add seam allowance, extend the lengthTrace 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 :

Cut 4 pieces from main and liner fabrics, keep fleece stretch along the widthCut 4 pieces on folded over fabric (I used fleece) from main fabric and from lining fabric.  Keep the stretch of the fleece running along the width of the mitten.

Step Three:

Match up the pieces with right sides togetherMatch 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.

Step Four:

Remove some bulk from the seam allowance on the linersSew each pair together.  I used a 1/4 inch seam allowance.  Use pinking shears to remove some of the seam allowance bulk from the lining pairs.

Step Five:

Notch the corner spaces between the thumb and finger sectionsCut small notch in the corner space between the thumb and the finger area.  Be careful not to cut into your stitches.

Step Six:

Fit liner into main mitten with wrong sides facingMatch 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.

Step Seven:

Create elastic casing and pink edges to finishCreate 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.


About sdevisser

I'm just a home schooling mom who likes to create and who is trying to find my way through daily adventures with my family.
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6 Responses to Small Fry, Long Mitts

  1. Oh how fun. I am so glad his little fingers can stay warm…. 🙂

    (he sure has a good mom!)

    hug x

  2. Great idea! I am totally going to make some of these for my kids next winter!

  3. RaeAnna says:

    I love this tutorial! I keep meaning to make some gloves for my little guy but our winter in TN has been so mild

    • sdevisser says:

      We’ve had a milder winter but when it snows here in Ottawa, it really dumps on us! On Tuesday everything felt like spring here — snow melting, warm breeze, warm enough to let the kids play outside with the patio door left open so I could hear what they were up to. But on Wednesday, we had more than 6 inches of snow by the afternoon (and it just kept on coming!).

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