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The weather turns cold and we scramble for coats, jackets, scarves, hats and mittens. After all, we have to stay warm. Knowing how to dress to be comfortable can be a little challenging in the winter. Some people set their thermostats a little higher to stay nice and cozy inside.
Other places keep the building cold since many people are wearing sweaters or other heavy garments. Legs and arms can easily stay warm with long sleeves and pants, but what about those hands? Even in a warm room hands can often feel a little cool.
Mittens don’t have to be a separate part of the wardrobe when it comes to kids. Mittens which you sew onto a child’s sweater, sweatshirt or other shirt can look cute as can be in the winter. The mitten-shaped shirt embellishment is easy to create, and if the child’s hands get cold, he or she can simply slide them into the mitten pockets!
Cut simple mitten shapes from felt, fleece or other warm material.
You’ll need to use a type of fabric which will not unravel. Go online and find a mitten template or simply draw around a child’s existing mitten. If you use an old mitten as a pattern cut the new mitten shape a little larger. Instead of making two regular mittens you’ll make only two mitten shapes. Make sure you cut them to be mirror images or both thumbs of the mittens will point the same direction.
Position the mitten shapes on the garment and pin them in place. Pin them so that the thumbs of the mittens face the middle of the shirt. Position them to be in an area, below the middle of the shirt, where you might normally see pockets.
Use a large, straight stitch to sew the mitten shapes onto the sweater, shirt or sweatshirt. Stay about a quarter-inch away from the edge, all the way around. The simple mitten-shaped pockets are an adorable embellishment as well as a useful way for kids to stay warm.
If they get cold they can simply slide their hands into the shirt mittens! The simple sewing job creates a fun set of pockets for a boy’s shirt or a girl’s. Embellish the mittens themselves, if you want, by using glitter paint, roping or other such notions.