DIY: Sweater Mitten Tutorial and Enter to Win a Pair of Smittens

 Really, I need to stop now.

This mitten making craze I’m on is getting ridiculous! You need to be careful what you wear around me. Be very, very careful. Each sweater I lay my eyes on these days becomes a potential mitten fantasy to me. While you think I’m talking about your elf on the shelf adventures, I’m most likely envisioning myself cutting up your sweater to make more SMITTENS!!!! You can’t say you haven’t been warned.

There, I said it.

They say, that’s the first step to recovery. Right? Ahhhh, but so many sweaters, so little time.

            Speaking of so little time, I don’t mean to alarm you, but, there are only twenty days left to make all those holiday gifts. So, as I promised, to make it a little easier on all you do-it-yourselfers, and as my gift to you, I’m going to bring you tutorials for quick, easy and inexpensive DIY gifts throughout the month of December.

So naturally, what would this season be without a new and improved easy sweater mitten tutorial? And what would this post be without another giveaway?


First, gather up a couple of  (your own :)) preloved coordinating sweaters, a few buttons, and a little fleece.


Then click here to see the rest of the tutorial on my eHow post.

And here is a my one minute video on how to Make “Smittens”.


And to thank you, once again, for your continued encouragement and support, I’d like to give away a pair of “Smittens”. All you have to do is pin the eHow tutorial to one of your Pinterest boards and leave a comment over there. I will choose and announce the lucky winner on Saturday, December 14.


Each time you take the time to make a comment and each time you pin one of my tutorials, you are giving me more than you will ever know.

Thank you soooooo much!!


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About The Renegade Seamstress

I'm a busy wife, mom, grandma, and teacher who loves to create. I've joined the refashion scene and I 'd like to share and connect with all those talented and creative people out there doing similar things.
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177 Responses to DIY: Sweater Mitten Tutorial and Enter to Win a Pair of Smittens

  1. Laura H. says:

    Love those! I’m going to have to add this project to my list – so cute!

  2. adaisygarden says:

    These are so cute! Great tutorial, too!

  3. Tricia Tarwater says:

    I’m SO glad you posted this! I was hoping you would share the tutorial but since you sell the smittens I wasn’t sure you would. Thank you for being so generous and sharing with us! I can’t wait to try this when my little guy naps today!

  4. MARY MOUGEOT says:

    You make me happy too, thanks!

  5. Courtney says:

    These are too adorable!! Why did you do this to me?!! I thought I was just about done making all of my Christmas gifts, but these are way too cute to pass up! I have to make them for someone!! Hmm….maybe I will just make them for myself! I love them!

  6. Liza Kirschner says:

    It is so wonderful and generous of you to share the pattern and tutorial! I can’t wait to try it! Thank you so much!

  7. Patti Martin says:

    OK, so I have my machine on the dining room table and my stack of sweaters next to it. You have me motivated to sew a few SMITTENS this weekend. Miss our days of crafting together!

  8. Anne Weaver says:

    Those are so cute! And look super warm, too!! I’ve linked to your tutorial over at Craft Gossip:

  9. Cara Olsen says:

    These are adorable, Beth. Your craftiness inspires me. 🙂

  10. Jo H. says:

    Hee hee! I was just looking through MY sweaters last evening – sadly none of them were good candidates. Now I’m looking at the hubby’s side of the closet …

  11. sewexhausted says:

    There is a chill in the air today and just this morning I realized I wanted a pair of mittens! These are perfect!

  12. Kathy Gilliland says:

    Thank you so much for sharing this tutorial. I looooove mittens and a mittens are even better!!

    Sent from my iPad

  13. marie keller says:

    I share your addiction to upcycling. If someone asks me to mend something they usually have to tell me several times that I can’t cut it up. When I go to thrift stores my daughter knows I’m looking at the fabric not the clothing. I refuse to pay full price for fabric when I know there’s so much out there waiting for me.

  14. Char says:

    Do I get smittens for Christmas??? 😉

  15. Cori in WA (actually, in Texas now) says:

    Absolutely love it! School was cancelled for the day and I can’t imagine a more perfect way to spend my “free” time!

  16. boilermom27 says:

    gorgeous mittens, I pinned it!

  17. Candace Cox says:

    I thought I was a nerd because i’m often thinking of changing my old clothes into something new. My husband once remarked ” I get rid I’d my old clothing”, with an accusatory facial expression.
    However now I know I’m not “special”. Because others likevyou share my passion.
    Those are some awesome mits by the way!

  18. So cute. Pinned your tutorial, but I’d rather win a pair than make them. So pick me!

  19. JenniT says:

    Love, love, LOVE this one!!!!!! Can’t wait to try to make some!

  20. Sue says:

    I am smitten with Smittens! Thanks for the great tutorial.

  21. Mary says:

    These look so cute. I may have to try making some.

  22. Katie Whittington says:

    This are so cute! Now I have to find some old sweater! Pinning

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  24. Do you have a similar one of these for slippers out of the same materials? or old fleece coats, blankets?

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  26. Andie says:

    Thanks for this tutorial. Here’s a tip: check online to see if you have a “Goodwill Outlet” in your area. They sell BY THE POUND! You can get a bunch of sweaters for less than $10. It’s a great source for repurposing crafting. There’s a link to the list of their sites on my website: Sadly, not every city has one.

  27. Andie says:

    And yes! A slipper tutorial please!

  28. These are so cute! Have pinned and hopefully one day will have time to make them!

  29. Kim Murphy says:

    My girls and I are going to try making these this weekend. They are the perfect gift for the girls to give to their Nana’s. Thanks for the idea! 🙂

  30. What a great idea! Must teach girl scouts how to make these!

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  32. Eileen Johnson says:

    I have looking for this pattern!! thanks!!! I will be making some!!

  33. Anonymous says:

    I have a sweater already. Wonderful tute!

  34. Anonymous says:

    I left a comment yesterday. Not sure what happened to it:(. I went on your etsy site to buy some and there were none available to by. Are you making more soon? How much are they? I love them:)

  35. shawn Caryl says:

    I love these gloves and it looks like something I could actually do!

  36. Rosieo says:

    I was just about to start out making mittens from sweaters…and WINGING it! Now I don’t have to – I actually have instructions! YAY!!! You’ve saved me a lot of trouble – and probably a few sacrificial sweaters too! Thanks – very easy to follow tute!

  37. GG says:

    We can never find mittens for my 7 year-old we think are cute enough. We LOVE these. Your tutorial is great, but I’m afraid my sewing machine, (and possibly sewing skills), would turn turn the knits into knots! Would love to win a pair, if we’re so lucky. She turns 8 on the day of the drawing! 🙂

    I do love the Scout idea. I might have to get my older daughter’s troop to try them!

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  39. Gilly says:

    I made a pair of these yesterday!!! A friend of mine shrunk her favourite jumper and I thought it was a shame that she couldn’t use it anymore. I made these mittens, and she LOVES them!!

  40. I love the ideas you come up with. I like to sew but never thought of ideas like this. There awesome and useful. Thank you.

  41. Roberta says:

    I have 6 grandsons and this will make a nice warm gift, can’t wait to try it for this winter☺️

  42. Becky says:

    So glad I found your tutorial! I was given a pair of “smittens” as a gift a few years ago and I’ve worn them to shreds and I’ve been wanting to make a pair for myself. Thank you so much for sharing this!!! 🙂

  43. Amy Young says:

    I love this idea! I just recently tried for the first time to sew with my sewing machine. I didn’t do to bad I think. I’d live a pair of these and maybe I will try to make my own.

  44. These are great! I never have the courage to cut up my own sweaters, but I look for hopeless sweaters at the thrift store. Will definitely save and share this!

  45. Linda says:

    Awww….I just found you today and missed out on the giveaway for a pair. Bummer. Going to try to do this. I have a sweater 50%acrylic and 50% wool and mohair. Will that work?

  46. Anonymous says:

    Great idea. Thank you for sharing this. Will keep my hands warn during the swedish winter.

  47. Sharon says:

    Thank you so much for this.I do xmas stockings for homeless military.This would be wonderful for the men and women. I was wondering how i was going get for them hat,scarf and gloves(mittens).This is wonderful.I think hats could be made also and scarfs.THANK YOU

  48. Diane Lien says:

    Great fundraising idea for me to raise money for my 17 year old son who struggles daily with asthma and P.O.T.S. (Postural Orthostatic Intolerance) -a Dysautonomia conditionwith many other very difficult symptoms.

  49. Diane Lien says:

    Great fundraising idea for me to raise money for my 17 year old son who struggles daily with asthma and P.O.T.S. (Postural Orthostatic Intolerance) -a Dysautonomia conditionwith many other very difficult symptoms.

    • I’m so sorry that your son struggles with health problems. That must be very hard for you and your family. I hope this will be helpful in raising money for him. Please let me know if you have any questions. Also, I’m filming a video on how to make these mittens which will be airing in a few weeks. Stay tuned….. 🙂

  50. Tamara says:

    Love the tutorial, adorable mittens, would like to know if there is a printable pattern? I must be missing it somewhere

  51. Debbie says:

    Thanks so much for your ideas and patterns. I definitely pinned this one.

  52. Ann Sorocco says:

    What an awesome pattern.I finished a pair today;but I have a little problem with the thumb laying right.I will continue to work on it.Thank you for sharing your skill.God bless.Ann Sorocco

  53. Irene says:

    What a brilliant idea. My husband’s jumpers are now in the firing line to be cut up the same as his old shirts disappear into my fabric stash 😁

  54. Lisa says:

    This Smitten thing is soooo happening at my house this week!!

  55. Karen says:

    Such a great tutorial! I cannot wait to try this. I care for several children and am going to make them each a pair. I also provide support to breast cancer patients. I will also be making some of these for those ladies as a little gift to provide a bright spot in their day during a very difficult time in their lives. I’ve been there myself very recently. Thank you for sharing!!

  56. Carrie Haag says:

    These are soo cute!! Where do I comment for the contest?

  57. Julie McKerlie says:

    I am in an auxiliary so this pattern and how to’s came in very handy! I make mittens, hats and scarves for children at a Shriner hospital and I think your pattern is very easy to follow! Thank you so much.

  58. Jean says:

    I love these mittens! I have used up our stash of once loved sweaters( although I have my eye on one of my husband’s) and have been scouring thrift stores. I even scored a cashmere sweater and used it as lining!

  59. Susan says:

    What a great invention
    Love them
    Must try. Thanks for sharing!

  60. Renee says:

    Ican’t wait to try these for the grand children. Thanks for the great DIY project. Love this.

  61. Brenda lockard says:

    These look really cool and simple to make. Thank you for sharing

  62. Elaine says:

    So cute!

  63. Jill says:

    Where do I find the pattern pieces?

  64. stacers350 says:

    How do I get the pattern pieces, please?

  65. Nan says:

    looking for pattern link

  66. Jodi Murdock says:

    Where can I print the pattern for the smittens?

  67. J says:

    They look so cozy! Thank you for putting this up.

  68. Tina says:

    These look like a cute and simple project. I want to try, but I’m wondering about the raw edge of the outer piece that doesn’t get sewn on, but just held in place by the turned up cuff and the button. Will it unravel overtime since the raw edge is unfinished? Will it hold up in the wash? Should they be handwashed to prevent this? Or maybe it is a issue?

  69. Dana says:

    Are the sweaters you use 100% wool and felted? Or have you made them without felting?

  70. Wendy says:

    These are adorable and I’d love to try them. Thank you for sharing. I didn’t see a printable pattern. Is there one?

  71. Anonymous says:

    Love the mittens and thank you I am going to try these

  72. Anonymous says: Cheryl. Love these

  73. Karen says:

    Thank you again for sharing this pattern. I made 21 pairs of smittens for Christmas gifts. I even was able to modify the pattern to fit those with smaller or bigger hands. I experimented with wool (I felted it first), acrylic and cotton sweaters. The smittens were definitely a hit with everyone who received a pair and I even made some for myself! Thank you!

    • Oh Karen, that’s so wonderful! You are very welcome and I’m so happy that you were able to make these for gifts. I know I LOVE making them and it’s fun for me to know that this was helpful for you, too. Happy Smitten Making!! Beth

  74. Lynne says:

    Great tutorial. Thanks from Iowa

  75. Anonymous says:

    Oh my gosh! How cute are these!

  76. Laura H says:

    I really want to try these. I am just unsure about what sweater material to buy. I will have to try and look harder. Great winter project.

  77. Nancy says:

    Love it, can’t wait to try

  78. Karen says:

    Those are so cool! Your very creative! Amazing how an old sweeter can be recycled into these. I can see how they can be addicting to make. 😊👍

  79. maribeth merton says:

    Besides being creative, you’re very pretty…nice to then be able to model the beautiful things you think up! My daughter is hiding her sweaters from me!

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  81. Krystal says:

    I absolutely love your mittens and I really need to make about a billion of these for my whole family. However I cannot seem to find the pattern for them. Can you help me with that please?? I pinned this post and sent it to my sisters so they can make some too.
    Thank you

  82. Susan says:

    Great project!

  83. Wauv what a great Idea! They look sooooo lovely

  84. Sheryl says:

    I am ready to dive right in. Do you have to use wool sweaters or would any sweater do? Thanks for sharing your talent. Have a blessed day.

  85. Hi Sheryl,
    You can use any sweater you like.
    Have fun!

  86. Diane Perkins says:

    I collect warm “stuff” for the homeless and would love to get a patter for this to make them for the less fortunate. Love the tutorial , great idea

  87. Janice Sauter says:

    I like your strategy of sewing the cuff to the lining, then slipping the lining into the outer mitten…
    Makes the cuff less bulky 😉

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  90. Kelly says:

    Where can I get the “Smitten” pattern?

  91. Joanne M. says:

    Thank you for posting your “how to” smittens video. I find this reuse, repurpose, recycle article very clever, sensible & fun! Look forward to going through my sweaters & giving this a try!

  92. Diane says:

    I’ve been making your smittens for a few years now and they are a HUGE hit! Thank you for the wonderful pattern and ideas.

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