Materials you will need:
1/3 yard fleece, for mittens and lining (in the example I used different cloth in the lining)
Assembled printed pattern
Sewing Essentials (scissors, pins, etc.)
.25 inch elastic, approx 8- 12 inches.
Child Large – Approx 9 -11 years
Child Medium Approx 6-9 years
Child small Approx 4-6 years
Woman ( fits most women)
Woman large (if store gloves tend to run small on you)
Man ( fits most men)
Man Large ( huge hands – hard to find gloves for)
Download the free pattern, tutorial below!
Video tutorial here, written tutorial below!
1- Assemble and cut out the Pattern
You can find instructions on how to assemble the pattern here.
Cut out the pattern pieces for the mitten. On folded fabric cut out two of each pattern piece for the exterior On folded fabric cut out two of each pattern piece for the lining. In the example I used a soft cuddle fur for the lining.
Note: This mitten has a lining so it’s like making 4 mittens.
2- Begin to Make the Mitten
Assemble the inside (the part that touches the palm, with the thumb.) With right sides together, Sew a seam using a .5 inch seam allowance from the bottom of the thumb all the way around to make it a complete half of the mitten. Repeat 3 more times for the exterior and linings.
Note: You can slightly vary the size of the mitten for a better fit by changing the seam allowance to .25 of an inch.
3- Add the elastic
I confess I did this step wrong – so the pictures are wrong, but I’m going to make sure that you do it right! Take the exterior pieces ( there will be 4 total – two exterior two thumb halves) For the elastic I wrapped it around my wrist and pulled it to a comfortable tightness, and that’s how I got my measurement. Cut two lengths – one for each wrist, then cut each length in half. Using a zig zag stitch sew a length of elastic in the indentation on the mitten. You will need to stretch the elastic to fit the width of the mitten, this will cause the mitten to fit better. Note: We are only doing this on the exterior pieces. I did this step after I sewed the two halves together and doing it before is a lot easier! The lining doesn’t have eleastic to make a “buffer” against it and make the mitten more comfortable.
4- Sew the front and the back together
Match up all your mittens and pin the front to the back , with right sides together. Sew all the way around using a .5 inch seam allowance. Note; There is a trick then it comes to sewing around the thumb. Sew from the bottom until you get to the base of the thumb ( with the thumb flipped up) finish the seam. Then flip the thumb so it’s toward the bottom of the glove and begin the seam again. This will make the seam cleaner and you won’t catch the thumb in the seam. Repeat 3 more times with the other exterior and glove linings.
Note: Again, you can slightly vary the size of the mitten for a better fit by changing the seam allowance to .25 of an inch.
5- Bring the lining and the exterior together.
Trim the and snip the curves at the thumb so the mitten will lay nicely. With the exterior and the lining of the mitten inside out, pin the bottom right sides together making sure that is a 1.5 – 2 inch gap for turning. Sew together using a .5 inch seam allowance – leaving the gap for turning.
Note: Make sure that the thumbs are on the same side ( in the picture both of the thumbs are on the left) this is important! You don’t want a left inside a right!