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.