Posted by Holly on Sunday, January 24, 2016 comments ( 2 )
I have been needing a pair of warm mittens for years and decided to make my own after scouring the internet for a reasonably priced, high quality pair made in the USA. During my search, I found several websites selling mittens made from wool sweaters, and I said, "Those look easy to make, why don't I make myself a pair?"
At the local second hand store, I purchased several 100% wool sweaters of various colors. Before cutting the sweaters, I shrunk them in hot water followed by high heat so the wool fibers would get really tight.
The insides are lined with warm fuzzy fleece.
To date I have made fourteen pairs of mittens to sell at the Wild Ramp and for giving to friends.
Adding a button to the mitten cuff gives the mittens a finished look and keeps the cuff from folding down. When I add the button, I sometimes don't stitch down the cuff.
This video provided the best tutorial that I found on the internet. A printable pattern can be found at: http://romancakedesigns.com/ I found this pattern to be a little small for my hand so I made the pattern a little larger.
Posted by Holly on Monday, January 4, 2016 comments ( 2 )
For Christmas this year, Jon gifted Paul and me each a Mabis Water Bottle to cozy-up with at night when crawling into cold sheets. And of course, these water bottles are good for other things such as: sore muscles, sports injuries, and headaches just to name a few. Instead of the rubber latex against our skin, I made a cozy for the water bottle using fabric scraps. The brown fabric is a fleece jacket sleeve and stays closed with velcro in the back for easy removal. A primitive stitch attaches the wool designs to the brown fleece fabric. The owl wings are corduroy fabric. This was an easy and fun winter project. I am still trying to decide what cozy I should make for the second water bottle.