Saturday, March 21, 2009

Newborn No-Scratch Mittens -- TUTORIAL

My baby girl will need some mittens to keep her from scratching her face, but I haven't been able to find any in stores that I actually like. Here's my opportunity to make some out of this super-cute (but too sheer and never to be worn again) shirt I had:

Step 1: Cut them out! I used the original hem on the shirt, and the side seams too, to minimize my own sewing. (Lazy or genius? I'm not sure which!)

Step 2: Cut a piece of elastic that will be the right length for her little wrists, fold it in half, and pin it at the seam.

REVISION: Stitch two or three rows of ELASTIC THREAD instead! It's less bulky, and a little more comfy for tiny wrists!!

Step 3: Put project on hold to make a Lego creation for my (very patiently waiting) son.....

Step 4: Sew the elastic just above the hem, stretching it as you go.

Step 5: Turn right side out.

Step 6: Finger-press open the side seam and stitch the ends of the elastic down so they don't poke tiny wrists.

I would have used a model for the final photo, but she hasn't gotten here yet.
**Hint-hint, little girl!!**

UPDATE 2/26/10: Download pattern here!


Ms Muffin said...

I think they are really cute and would like to make some. However, how large should I make them? I have no idea what would fit a newborn baby ... even though I already have a daughter ... :-/ How large did you make yours? And did they fit?

Ms Muffin said...

Thanks again for being so sweet to send the pattern/ measurements. I finally managed to finish a pair. You can see them here
I also linked to your tutorial (of course).

nina said...

Hello, I have been admiring your little no scratch mitts and would love to make them, could you send me the little pattern please :) thanks so very much

remimomma said...

Half the tutorial is missing. It goes from cutting to elastic then bam your done? Do u add the elastic before or after u sew the mitt

Nicole said...

I know it's been 8 years since this was published, but do you happen to still have a copy of the pdf for the mittens? I'm having a baby in April or May of next year and would love to make a few pairs. Thank you!

Unknown said...

HI can you also send me the pattern thesee are adorable. Don't know what size to make them thanks

Lyndsey said...

Hi these are lovely please send me the link to download

nina said...

Hi there, beautiful tiny mitts.. could you please send me the pattern as well. I would love to make these for my new grand daughter coming this month.

JennE said...

Thank you so much for the great idea of using an old shirt and cutti g on the hem. GENIUS idea ill say time savers are my fav as I am working full time homeschooling and preping for new baby. These are adorable amd exactly what Ive been looking for (a pattern for these) as I have not been able to find ones I like. Also I am making out fits and cordnating hand covers are too cute. Thanks again.