Mittens with a Re-Purpose: Update

My sewing classroom at school is starting to look overrun by mittens. I thought I would give everyone an update on the mitten project going on in my sewing classroom. For those readers who may not have a clue to what is going on.

My students and I are trying to make 50 mittens to donate to charity by the end of January. We are re-purposing donated wool sweaters into adorable mittens.

We have a little assembly line going. This is where we cut the sweater apart. Trying to use as much as the sweater as possible, we cut the different patterns shapes from different sweaters.

The mittens are lined in fleece. So the students cut mitten patterns in various colors of fleece to match the mittens.

Here is a set of mittens we put together. This set is ready to go to the sewing machine and then to the serger to get all sewn up. We use the cuff of the sweater sleeves for the cuff of the mitten. We put mitten pieces together that have similar colors.

Here is a picture of the palm side of a pair of mittens.

Here is the same pair, but we have turned them over so you can see the top side of the mittens.

I have been sewing my portion of the mittens during my free time. Here is a picture of an assortment of mittens I have sewn.

Anywho, here is where we stand. I told the kiddos that I would sew a pair for every pair that they sew. I have 25 in the class and I should get 25 mittens from them. So, if I have done my math correctly, I need to sew 25 mittens.

So far I have sold 5 pairs at $10 each. The $50 dollars will be given to charity along with the mittens. I have sewn an additional 7 pairs. This makes my total number I have sewn to equal 12 pairs. I still need to sew 13 pairs.

I need to have them done by the end of January. That means I need to sew 2 pairs approximately a day. But, I am leaving to go out of town this weekend with PIC and Sparkle for PIC’s birthday weekend and have a grand girls weekend in St. Louis. I may have to sew 3 pairs a day to meet the deadline.


Did  you hear the joke about the cat who ate a wool sweater?????

It had mittens.

Wool…it’s what for dinner….NOT!


I will keep you posted.







4 thoughts on “Mittens with a Re-Purpose: Update

    • We got several more mittens finished today! The joke was just something I read somewhere and I thought it was funny too.

  1. Just wanted to drop in and say you inspired me with your sewing for charity. I started in on knitting some of the stuff we’ll be donating to either our church, bazaar or winter wear for the homeless shelter the church volunteers with. With everything going on we ended up buying stuff to donate this year and I didn’t have anything to donate for the bazaar. You inspired me to get an early start on it so that doesn’t happen again =)

    Did you get to 50?

    • Wow! I am so glad that my little school project inspired you! We are having a great time with our mittens. My students have made almost 20, I have a few stragglers that are quite done. I have made 16 or 17 pair. I brought home a few pairs to sew over the weekend, but I ran out of time with everything going on. So, hopefully by this week we will be done, permitting we have school with the snow coming in. I have taken some more pictures and hope to post an update soon. Thanks so much for asking!!

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