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Recycled Craft: Fingerless Mittens

As you burrow back into your cold-weather clothes, you're probably taking stock of your sweater supply. Here's an option for the ones that are too shrunken or moth-eaten to donate: Turn them into fingerless mittens. 

They're cozy, chic, and (we promise!) much easier than you think. All you need is a formerly loved sweater, scissors, a few pins, a needle and some thread.

Tools and Materials

  • Sweater
  • Scissors
  • Pins
  • Needle
  • Thread

Fingerless Mittens How-To
1. From the hem of the sweater, cut (through both the front and back) a rectangle 12 inches high and 8 inches wide. Then cut along the side seam, so you have two pieces.

2. Fold each piece lengthwise with the insides facing out. Mark the thumbhole with pins. It should be 2 1/2 inches wide and 2 inches from the top.

3. Sew 1/2 inch from the edge, leaving the thumbhole open. Reinforce the thumbhole with a separate topstitch. Then sew a 1/2-inch hem at the bottom.

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