I found a miniature grandpa sweater at the PTA for two dollars. It had been carefully knitted with green and white yarn and had a fancy trim. I wondered who spent loving hours pouring over those little stitches knitting future memories in one by one. I imagined a grandmother sitting by a roaring fire trying to guess the name her daughter was thinking for her cute, little grandson who was due any day. Now that grandson has children of his own and the lovingly knit sweater first found a home in a keepsake box, then the attic, the garage and finally a donation pile.
I decided that I could not desert the pint-sized grandpa sweater because I was already forming an attachment to him (warning: you might start collecting WAY to many things reading my blog). Also side note I anthropomorphize everything- so by “him” I mean the little green and white sweater pictured above. I decided to repurpose the sweater to help build new memories. You likewise can select your own special sweater from the back of your closet or local thrift shop. I also recommend trying to imagine your sweater’s personal story because it can make the repurposing process even more fun!
Before beginning this crafting portion I recommend heating up some water for tea and turning on inspirational music. I personally recommend the Celtic Fiddle Festival station on Pandora. Grab a pair of scissors, some pins and optionally a piece of paper. First, either trace your hand on a piece of paper and cut it out to use as a pattern or trace your hand directly on the sweater turned inside out. If you are going the pattern route pin the pattern to the sweater and proceed to cut it out. If you traced your hand directly then cut out your future mittens.
Turn your future mittens inside out and use the pins to piece them together. Now, sew a seam around the edge of the mittens. I recommend using thread that matches the dominate color in the sweater turned mittens. As you are sewing, take care to leave a bit of a border so that your mittens will not have holes in them! I think that it can be fun to do a bit of hand-stitching, but if you have a sewing machine this will also suffice, but forewarning knitted material can be a bit difficult to work with initially. If you have never sewn before I believe that this tutorial is a quick and easy way to get you up and running!
If you tend to lose things and want to repurpose to the infinity then repurpose your scraps from this project to serve as a string to attach the mittens to one another.
Enjoy your mittens and brag a little about how you transformed something old into something new :).