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Upcycle Your Ugly Christmas Sweater Into DIY Sweater Mittens

Sweater Mittens DIY Stocking Stuffer

Try your “hand” at these DIY sweater mittens perfect for the cold season. This is a fantastic project for DIYers on a budget – and who doesn't love a new pair of mittens? Check out the tutorial below to make your own, and don't forget to leave your own holiday DIY ideas in the comments!

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DIY Stocking Stuffer: Handmade Sweater Mittens

How to Make Your Own Sweater Mittens

Don't throw that old sweater away just yet! In just a few steps, you can turn that sweater into the perfect handmade stocking stuffer. (Plus, you won't have to spend a dime!)

This handmade holiday gift is perfect for DIYers on a budget – and all you need is an old sweater plus a needle and thread. Simply turn your sweater inside out, trace your hand onto the fabric, then cut and sew the edges. When you've finished sewing, turn the mitten inside out and try it on for size.

If you're looking for a fun and inexpensive stocking stuffer for the whole family, you have to give this DIY a try!

* In addition, if you're looking to expand your reach – learn to sell these mittens and other crafts on Etsy!


1. Flip Your Old Sweater Inside Out

sweater inside out | stocking stuffer

Any sweater will work! Just make sure it's big enough to make two mittens.

2. Trace Your Hands Onto the Sweater

trace hands on sweater | diy mittens

Place one hand on the sweater and trace using a felt tip marker. Don't forget to separate your thumbs when marking.

Tip: Make sure you leave enough fabric for your right mitten!

3. Cut Out the Tracing

cut out outline | Christmas sweater

Now that you have the outline of your hand, cut it out carefully using your scissors.

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4. Use a Crochet Thread to Sew the Mitten

stitch | Christmas Mittens

Begin with a backstitch, then sew around the mitten, about 1/4 inch from the edge.

5. Turn the Sweater Mitten Inside Out

turn gloves inside out | Sweater Mittens

Flip the stitched gloves inside out and enjoy your DIY sweater mittens!

Repeat these steps to make a mitten for your right hand.

This is how it should look like:

Finished product | mitten pattern

Now you don't have to worry about what you'll do with those ugly Christmas sweaters. Just turn them into very useful sweater mittens perfect for winter. If it keeps your body warm, it will surely keep your hands warm as well.

Do you have any DIY holiday gift ideas of your own? We’d love to hear about them! Leave a comment and let us know!

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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on December 22, 2016, updated for quality and relevancy. 


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