Thursday, December 1, 2011

Little Things to Sew - Mittens

This month for the Little Things to Sew sew-along, I decided instead of making the scheduled puppet theater, I'd make the mittens, to go with the hat I made for Courtney. I used the pattern from the LTTS book, but I wanted them to be warmer than they would be with just one layer of fleece, so I used this tutorial by my friend, LiEr, to put them together. Here they are!


No, I didn't goof. There is one for each hand... and they do match! Since all seams are enclosed, they're reversible! So you're seeing the inside and the outside above.


Here they are with the hat. You can read more about the hat here to see how the fleece gave me some trouble.



Except for the fleece problem, I really like how they turned out! I've gotten new fleece and will be making another set soon. I'll make both a bit bigger... the hat to better accomodate the usually-present ponytails (which is why the hat looks a little wide at the top in the photos below)... and the mittens because these barely fit. I used the size small mitten pattern, which is supposed to fit through age 4, but I think making them double took up some space. And besides, in a couple of months, she'll be 5!!! (How can that be already?!?!)


Here's my precious little model, being her goofy self:



She was a bit reluctant to model in the house with her coat on ("Aw, Grandma... this is too HOT! Do I have to?"):



Okay, one nice pose ("but I'm trying not to smile"):



We did a test run with the hat... walking out to get the mail. I decided that the hat definitely needs the chin strap, because it kept riding up (possible because of the ponytails, or just from rubbing against her coat). I think I'll also cut the next one to come down a little farther on her face, to keep that forehead a little warmer.


Update: Since Courtney's been wearing the hat and mittens everywhere despite the linty fleece, I added the velcro to the hat/strap. It was a great improvement! The hat now not only stays on better, but it also comes down farther on her forehead, keeping her face warmer. Yay!


All in all, both were very easy to make, and I highly recommend both patterns/tutorials!


Linking up with amylouwho's Sew & Tell Friday:


13 comments:

Cindy said...

Adorable! The hat and mittens match her coat so nicely. I like that you lined the mittens...I'll have to try that for my next pair.

Cécile said...

Very cute!

Liv said...

So cute, they look so warm.

Heather said...

Absolutely adorable! And they look super warm and cozy, too. What a little cutie!

Suzi said...

She has been wearing both hat and mittens to daycare and school. It is her hat and mittens of choice right now. Thank you for making them.

Grandma G said...

Thank you, everyone!

That's great to hear, Suzi! It makes Grandma happy! :)

ktquilts said...

Nothing says love like being kept warm!! So cute... and so are the mittens and hat!! ;0)

Jenny said...

Your mittens look so nice and cozy! I love that they're reversible. And the hat is super cute too!

Grandma G said...

Thank you!

Jessica said...

So fun to make them reversible! They look perfect with the hat, great job.

Grandma G said...

Thanks, Jessica!

heirloomfarmhouse said...

These are awesome! I love that they are reversible! :)

Grandma G said...

Thank you, too! :)