TRANSFORM IT: MITTENS
Jennie Jones shows you how to revamp an unloved jumper into a much-loved pair of toasty mittens.
YOU WILL NEED
Woolly jumper Basic sewing kit Designer Jennie says: “These are the perfect gift if you’re having a crafty Christmas – they’re really quick and simple to make, comfy and can be tailor-made for all the relatives. Everyone loves a bit of upcycling!”
MAKING THE PATTERN
Step one Make a template of your hand by drawing around it. You’ll need to leave about 2cm ( in) all the way around to give your hand some room. The ribbed hem of your jumper will be the cuff so add this depth to the bottom of your pattern. You could draw around a pair of mittens that fit instead if you prefer.
Step one Turn your jumper inside out so that it is right sides (RS) together and pin your template in place, lining up the bottom edge with the bottom of the ribbed section.
Step two Roughly cut around the template, leaving plenty of room so the jumper won’t unravel up to the seam.
STITCHING THE MITTEN
Step one Sew around your template using a long stitch on your sewing machine. You‘ll need to experiment with your tension using a scrap of your jumper to avoid snagging.
Step two Work a machine zigzag or overlock just outside the stitched seam.
Step three Trim the excess jumper outside the machine zigzag stitching for a neat finish.
Step four Turn your mitten RS out to complete. Step five Repeat this whole process to make another mitten for your other hand.