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DIY XO Mittens

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DIY XO Mittens

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!

DIY XO Mittens

Supplies
 

Old sweater
Paper
Sharpie
Felt
Iron-on adhesive
Scissors

DIY XO Mittens

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.

DIY XO Mittens

Sew mittens with right sides together using a 1/2 inch seam allowance. Turn right sides out.

DIY XO Mittens

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).

^^ high five!

^^ high five!

DIY XO Mittens

How to Make a Hat from an Old Sweater

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DIY Hat from an Old Sweater

Honestly, where in the world did January go? Our “snowy” winter didn’t exactly pan out this year, which is fine by me since it means we’re one step closer to spring. But I’m not ready to give up on the cozy winter gear just yet. I’m still living in long socks, fluffy sweaters, and warm mittens, and let’s be honest, I probably won’t end up putting them away until the threat of a 50 degree day or two has passed. So that means June.

How to Make a Hat from an Old Sweater

But I’m not complaining because that leaves ample time for a couple cold weather DIYs. First up? Hats. Well, so far just one but I'm completely obsessed with how this one turned out so I can’t promise there won’t be more. Rather than knit one, I thought I’d try to sew one from a great wool sweater I found for $10 on U Street a few weeks ago.  

Grab yourself some dye, cotton yarn and a sewing machine, and let’s do this.

How to Make a Hat from an Old Sweater

Supplies

An old sweater
A hat that fits your head comfortably
Sharpie
Cotton yarn
Scissors
Pins
Large-eye needle

How to Make a Hat from an Old Sweater

steps

  1. Lay your hat on top of your sweater and get a feel for placement. You'll want to fold your sweater so that you can trace and cut out both the front and back pieces of your hat at the same time without a seam running through either piece.
  2. Using your Sharpie, trace your existing hat onto the sweater.
  3. Cut around the outline leaving about an inch of breathing room - this will give you enough room for a seam allowance and a little extra wiggle room to your hat.
  4. Pin pieces together, with the right sides facing each other.
  5. Sew leaving 3/8 inch seam allowance.
  6. Make your pom pom but wrapping the cotton yarn around your hand about 200 times (the more you wrap it, the puffier your pom pom will be).
  7. Pinch the yarn in the middle and slide it of your hand.
  8. Using another piece of yarn, secure your pom pom tightly in the center.
  9. Cut the loops of yarn open.
  10. Fluff and trim any stragglers to get a nice, uniform pom pom.
  11. (Not pictured) Attach the pom pom to your hat by threading a needle with yarn and passing it through the inside of your hat, wrapping it around your pom pom and then passing it back down through the top of your heat. Turn the hat inside out and tie both ends of yarn together tightly. Then using a dye meant for natural fibers such as cotton or wool, follow the instructions on the package and create a dye bath. Dip your hat in the dye pomp pom first, leaving about 4 inches at the bottom out of the dye. Every 5 minutes or so, pull your hat out of the water 1 inch at a time, until you get a gradient effect. Let dry thoroughly before wearing.
How to Make a Hat from an Old Sweater
How to Make a Hat from an Old Sweater