Do you remember the pom pom hat I made a couple weeks ago? Well while I was at it, I made a pair of mittens too.
While I wanted them to complement the purplish ombre hue in the hat so they could be worn together, I didn’t want them to be too matchy-matchy. So I put the dye away and instead went with a more graphic look. Taking a page directly from Kate Spade’s book (remember her ‘Taxi’ mittens from last year?) I decided to doll up my mittens with an X and an O, you know, since Valentine’s Day and I are having a moment over here.
After a particularly painful first attempt using embroidery thread, I went back to the drawing board and eventually landed on felt and iron-on adhesive to make the letters. And you know how I love a good repurpose post? Well these mittens were made from an old sweater ($10 thrifted) used in the hat post I mentioned earlier, and I already had the felt and iron-on adhesive on hand. So it cost me a whopping $0. But if you don’t have any of these supplies on hand, you might be looking at $15 before all is said and done. A steal!
Begin by tracing your hand on a sheet of paper. Leave enough wiggle room so your mittens are a little loose after you sew them. Cut your template leaving a 1/2 inch seam allowance. Line it up with the cuff of your sweater, trace, and cut out your pieces.
Sew mittens with right sides together using a 1/2 inch seam allowance. Turn right sides out.
Sketch your letters on a sheet of paper, then cut them out. Trace your letters onto the piece of felt. Cut out.
Using an iron set to low-medium (the wool setting) and several pieces of iron-on tape, affix your letters to your mittens. Keep the iron moving constantly and don't turn the heat setting any higher than medium or you run the risk of burning the wool (and trust me, it's not pretty).