Sunday, February 12, 2012

Cashmere gloves from an old sweater

I told you I was obsessed with upcycling sweaters in my previous post, so no surprise that when it was time for my mother-in-law's birthday gift (Valentine's Day) I thought of making her a pair of mittens.
The inspiration came from finding a cashmere sweater for 3.99 USD  399 USD ;) at a charity store.
It was so soft and so beautiful I could not resist buying it without caring if it turns out to be boxer shorts for hubby or these mittens ... 

There are many patterns on the internet - some more professional and complicated than others, but I picked the one of Studio 5. Additionally to the pattern, there is a step-by-step video which is helpful (especially if you are anything like me, who can't figure out where the thumb goes :))) 

The written instructions as well as the video are precise. I would only add that as a first time mitten maker you are not going to make it in 30 minutes as it is suggested.

Here is my step-by-step just to show you that even those who can't figure out their fingers and their right and a left hand can make this project ... 

Each glove is made of 3 pieces of the outside fabric (cashmere) and 3 pieces of the inside (fleece). 

Pin and sew together all 4 gloves. Insert fleece glove into the outer shell glove. Sew together the layers.

Cut the sleeves of the sweater and pin reverse to the gloves. 
Sew the cuffs in place and decorate them if you would like to.   

I cut a piece from the bottom of the sweater and zig-zag stitched it all the way. While sewing, pull on the fabric (sweater) and it will fringe. I folded a piece back and pulled it all together to create a flower. (Most fabric flowers are created with this technique.) A button in the middle and it's done! 

Happy Birthday Nana!

I am sorry to disappoint all, but my next project is also "gloves" :) I am just so into them and LoLo is shamefully wearing mittens from the 99 cent store ... not good when everyone is asking if I self-made my t-shirt, sweater as well as shoes ... LOL 

Have a great week Lo(lo)velies! LV
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  1. Awww, it looks so good on her! They look really warm, I love mittens! Great idea... again!

  2. They a re adorable, love them! They look so warm perfect for now, my hands are freezing!