Can’t Knit? Sew Recycled Mittens

December 6th

That crafty Martha gave me another idea. In one of the recent Living issues, she listed a handful of projects using old, matted wool sweaters. Living in Arizona, I don’t have many (any) of these hanging around, but thankfully I did have one gifted to me by a fellow crafter in a recent swap.
I followed Martie’s instructions on how to transform this lovely gray sweater into a pair of simple and sweet mittens. {What? You don’t call her Martie? Come on. She’s been in prison. I’d guess this is one of her kinder monikers. Then again, looking at her successful return to society, I’d guess there’s nothing like time in the pokey to make you more inventive. Spoon = shovel. Straw = shiv… Well, that’s a whole different magazine.}

Martha's idea
pinned glove pattern
gloves cut from sweater
completed felted gloves

Voila — a unique and warm pair of gloves. After I took this photo, I dolled these gloves up a bit with a few pretty black glass buttons sewn on the cuffs. They are wrapped and under my little tree, ready for a certain family member’s hands.
I’m going to use the remaining part of the sweater to create iPod cozies. That way when you throw your tunes in your purse, the screen doesn’t get scratched by your keys. I’m thinking of embellishing these with embroidered initials, buttons and a piece of pretty ribbon around the edge.

I promise you all of my advent posts won’t be crafty. I’ve got some decorating, wrapping and baking ideas coming down the pike too. It’s just that I’ve been sitting on these photos for a bit and couldn’t wait to share.


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16 Responses

  1. You just have to love Martha! What a great way to make mittens. I can’t knit, but I am sure I could make mittens now. πŸ™‚

    I came across a Christmas edition of her kids magazine that I kept for a few years. There is the cutest idea in there that I am going to try out for my blog… sock puppies!!

  2. I have this page bookmarked too! And just picked up a few already felted sweaters at the local Goodwill that will be perfect for this project. Still working on our family holiday project I asked you about. Will keep you posted on what we come up with.

  3. I have had this page ripped out and sitting in my pile of To-Dos since that issue came out. I have a whole crate of old sweaters that were going to go to Goodwill but I think a few will get sliced and diced with this project. I was digging on the hat pattern, too. And really, once my mind started going, I started coming up with all kinds of other projects.

    Personally, I think I need a new tea cozy (no, I am not 100 years old) and funky scarf and was thinking that this would be a great way to get the felt for those cute booties that Lera’s always making.

  4. wait. somebody knitted you a sweater and you CUT IT UP INTO MITTENS!?!?

    bad good
    (karma meter)

    ooh, your karma meter is pointing in the wrong direction. πŸ™‚

  5. I am so glad I found your blog somehow out in blogland! I met my husband at our Methodist Church in youth group. And the crafts-don’t get me started! I am on vacation and I thought today-“Oh I am going to miss Martha when I go back to work!”

  6. Great idea! I have two wool sweaters I picked up at Goodwill last year waiting to me made into something.

  7. very clever. you and that martha!

  8. I’m laughing too hard over “Martie” to read on!

  9. you are way too clever.

  10. A very good idea on the recycling camp!! And your words about Martha Stewart just cracked me up!

  11. oh my lord what a great idea. i’ll def. have to hit the thrift store to find me a sweater to do this to. thanks for posting it. good luck on the marathon this weekend πŸ™‚

  12. it’s so much fun! i bought this book last year: second time cool–lots of great ideas. i’ve been saving felted sweaters for ages for stuffed animals. right now i’m working on a quilt. it was suppose to be a rug, but i can’t bear the idea of stepping all over it…

    felted wool makes a fun hat, and bags, etc. i’ve no patience for knitting, but i do enjoy a good felting session.

    despite not enjoying the knitting as much as i’d like, i love the book alterknits

    getting inspired!!! thanks for the post–

  13. I saw the same thing. I have three sweaters waiting to be cut up!

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