Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Bunny Mittens. Part One: Pattern and fabric.

This week I'm gonna share the monster mitten pattern we used for most of our Holiday gift giving. We made bunnies and dinosaurs and kitties. It's an easy three piece pattern that you can make for any size hand. Just add whatever decorations and trims you would like to create various animals and monsters.

Some things:

About a quarter yard of fleece for the outside of the mitten
About a quarter yard of fleece for the lining
Small remnant of red fleece for the palm (or mouth)
Contrasting felt for the trim (ears, scales, etc...)
Sharp fabric scissors
chalk or way to mark the pattern on the fabric

Mitten Top:
Trace your hand onto the cardboard, thumb in, and add about three quarters of an inch all the way around. Your seam allowance will be one quarter inch. You need room to move inside the mitties.

Mitten palm:
Measure from the top of your fingers to where your thumb starts and retrace that top part of the mitten top piece onto another piece of cardboard, add a thumb piece onto the side tracing your own thumb and adding a three quarter inch border.

Mitten Wrist Lower:
Measure from where your thumb starts to where the pattern ends at the wrist and add the same thumb shape you did for the palm piece. Make sure to add a one quarter seam allowance to the straight line between the palm piece and the wrist lower.

Draw ear shapes on the cardboard and give them a quarter inch seam allowance.

General measurements of the palm piece including seam allowances. Make sure to measure the hand that will get the mitten to make sure they will fit.

The wrist lower basic measurements including seam allowances.

Mitten top basic measurements including seam allowances.

Pieces cut for mitten palm:
Two pieces of lining, Black.
Two pieces of red fleece to represent the mouth of the mitten.
Make sure to cut one for the left hand and one for the right if your fabric has two sides.

Pieces for mitten wrist lower:
Cut two of lining, Black.
Cut two for the bottom wrist of each mitten. Make sure to cut one for each hand as above if you are using two sided fabric like I am. You should be able to see that the pink fabric has one cut on the right side and one on the wrong creating a left and right hand piece.

Pieces for mitten tops:
Cut two of the lining and two of the outside fabric. these pieces will be the back of the mitten. You don't have to worry as much about creating a left and right piece here because the pattern for this piece is symmetrical. You should be able to flip it over and it will be the same.

Ear pieces:
Cut four pieces for the backs of the ears, and four for the front or insides of the ears. I used the same fabric I used for the body for the backs of the ears and white felt for the inside. My ears are about three inches wide by about seven inches long including seam allowances.

We're ready to start sewing. I'll post the rest of the instructions later so you can see how I put these little guys together.
Get your sewing machines dusted off and oiled up.
It's gonna be fun!

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