Thursday, December 16, 2010

Felt Mitten Ornament Tutorial





Here is a fun little Mommy-craft that I've been working on lately. This is a pretty simple craft and would be a fun activity for older kids to do too!





If you are interested in making some of your own, here are the basic steps:

1. Using felt (I LOVE FELT!), cut out 4 mittens of the same color. I made a pattern out of felt and use that to cut out 2 at a time. The dimensions of the mittens I've made are appx. 2.75" x 2.75". You can make them bigger or smaller!


2. Using felt, cut out circles of whatever color you want your flowers to be. I just cut the circles out freehand. They aren't perfect, but that's part of what makes them look cute and handmade.


3. Cut triangles out of your circle to make it look like a flower. You could round the edges more also if you like. I've kept mine straight.


4. Layer the flowers however you desire, and stitch them onto your mittens. I usually just do a single stitch, but sometimes have done a cross-stitch, or a french-knot.


5. Choose what color of thread you want to sew the mittens together with. I usually choose one of the colors of one of the flowers.

6. Using a blanket-stitch, stitch the 2 mittens together. (There are some good videos on YouTube of how to do a blanket stitch. It's very easy, and the videos are a good way to learn!)

7. (Optional) Leave an opening so that you can fill the mitten with a pinch of batting.
OR you can just leave them flat. Both ways end up looking really cute.


8. Cut a piece of twine appx 8" long and tie knots on both ends. Then, place one knot inside the mitten and continue to blanket-stitch, securing it inside.

9. Repeat steps 5-7 with mitten #2, stitching the other end of the twine into the 2nd mitten.
And you are done!!

I have gotten quite felt-happy over this little project, and have thoroughly enjoyed coming up with various color-combinations for mittens a-plenty! Here are some of the combos I've already made:











And here are several others just waiting to be finished!

 Because I'm planning on giving these to family & friends, I'm making a bunch. But I bet that even if you just want to make 1-2, you may end up like me and just not be able to stop!! haha.
MERRY CHRISTMAS!




7 comments :

Lindsay said...

adorable!!!

The Ericksons said...

Those are SO cute! Great idea!!!

Rob and Marseille said...

fun idea!

Elle Belles Bows said...

Very very cute! Thanks for sharing! Kerri

Jami said...

These are sweet. I love blanket-stitched felt!

von Hand zu Hand said...

really adorable tree ornaments!

I linked to your pattern on my blog -thanks for sharing!

merry xmas, doro.

Linda said...

I posted your mittens on Craft Gossip Felting, very cute ♥ I love your blog and good luck with the mother thing, I have 5 children, most grown and each were very different and we all make it some way. I was a great letter writer and grounder. Never screamed nagged or hit.
http://felting.craftgossip.com/2010/12/21/free-felt-mitten-ornament-tutorial/