Brightening Life with Creativity,
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Do you participate in ornament exchanges? Or do you have people on your list that you need to make an ornament for? I usually have a dozen or so ornaments to make for people outside our immediate family. The challenge seems to be making them similar enough so I can work them up quickly, but different enough to show that I care.
Here's what I came up with this year....mittens!
I started out by drawing a simple mitten shape on a scrap of paper. I cut it out and sprayed the back with temporary spray adhesive. I pressed it on to the colorful felt scraps I had and carefully cut out 12 mittens.
Since felt is reversible, I flipped some over so they wouldn't all have the thumbs facing the same direction. After all there have to be right and left mittens! :)
Then I threaded a needle with some white crochet cotton and hand stitched a simple snowflake motif. I used large straight stitches and then french knots for the end points.
I knew I wanted to cover up the stitching on the back of each mitten and give them a little more heft, so I decided to sew them on to white felt. To make this easier, I laid out six mittens on a 9 x 12" piece of felt, allowing some space in between. I used white thread in top and bobbin and sewed them in place. I repeated the process with the other six mittens.
Next, I cut approximately 1/8" around each mitten so that each would have a white edge.
(No need to measure, I just eye-balled it!)
For the finishing touch, I took scraps from the white felt sheets and sewed on "cuffs" to each mitten. Depending on the colors of thread I had, some were sewn on using thread that matched the colored felt, while on others I had to use white. Cute either way!
The final step? Thread another piece of crochet cotton (about 6" long) and go through the entire mitten about 1/4" down from the top of the cuff. Tie a knot and that's all there is to it!
Have anyone on your list you'd like to make a mitten for? I'd be happy to give this fun and simple little pattern in PDF format to anyone who emails me. Happy Stitching! :)
Fiber artist, wife to a wonderful husband and mom to 2 awesome kids
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