Have you ever had your kid come in crying because they have snow down their sleeves? I definitely have, and since my oldest son C was about 3 years old, I’ve just added a longer section onto gloves he had from the store. That way snow stays off their arms, and their arms have an extra layer for warmth!
Then I realized how easy it would be to just make the mitten portion as well. I’ve actually had this idea on my list since I started my blog in January! So after nearly a year, I finally got around to it!
You’ll need some fleece, and thin elastic. That’s it!
Make your pattern—it’s very easy and really does not have to be perfect. You will round out the fingers a bit more, then add space to the side of the thumb, so it’s more of a line down rather than dipping in by the wrist area. Also, add 1/2” – 1” around the entire pattern, to allow for easy fitting and seams. You really want to make sure that you have enough room for their arm to fit into the glove, so make sure to measure for that as well.
So the pattern I’m using for this is the one on the right pictured below. The one on the left is what I used to make the pattern on the right—see the part on the left pattern where B’s hand is traced? The extra part I added at the bottom is about 6”, though you’ll want to measure the child’s forearm to see how long you’ll want it, allowing for a 1/4” seam along the bottom. I also had to tape two pieces together since it was longer than a standard size paper.
So after cutting with your fleece folded along the straight edge of the pattern, this is what you should end up with (the pattern is covering the other side of the mitten, so it looks like the right side, but reversed:
Mark where the child’s falls on the mitten—make sure you are thinking of the added 1/2” – 1” around the pattern. B was asleep so I put my elastic a bit too low. Sew one end down with a couple straight stitches, making sure to backstitch. Then change to a zig-zag stitch and sew, stretching the elastic to meet the other side of the glove.