Thursday, July 10, 2014

DIY Keepsake Mitten Ornaments Tutorial

DIY Keepsake Mitten Ornaments Tutorial at GYCT

Excited to be part of So Sew Easy's Christmas in July Series.  Make sure to check out the adorable Felt Tree Tutorial to add to you  projects.  Plus, there are TONS of other bloggers sharing their own felt ornaments.  So go check out the series for sure.


DIY Keepsake Mitten Ornaments Tutorial at GYCT

For my felt ornament, I decided to make some adorable Keepsake Mittens for my children.  This is a fun way to keep them little forever.
DIY Keepsake Mitten Ornaments Tutorial at GYCT

Materials Needed:
2-3 Sheets of Colored Felt
1 Pkg Embroidery Floss
Polyester Fiberfill
Ribbon
Thread

DIY Keepsake Mitten Ornaments Tutorial at GYCT

Begin with your mittens.  To make them special, I traced my two children's hands.  That way we now have a "keepsake" ornament to remind us how little they once were.  However, you can make your mittens whatever size you wish.  



DIY Keepsake Mitten Ornaments Tutorial at GYCT

Next, cut out 4 mittens from your pattern.  Two for the left and two for the right.


DIY Keepsake Mitten Ornaments Tutorial at GYCT

They should look like the above picture.  Next grab your embroidery floss.  Take one strand, unwind it and take from that 2 pieces of floss.  Then thread your needle.  You will be using a blanket stitch to stitch together your mittens.  You can see below the basics of a blanket stitch.
DIY Keepsake Mitten Ornaments Tutorial at GYCT
Go around your entire mitten with the blanket stitch, leaving only the straight edge at the bottom open.  Repeat with opposite mitten. 
DIY Keepsake Mitten Ornaments Tutorial at GYCT

Take your fiberfill and stuff your mittens.  You don't want them to puffy, but you do want some shape to them.

DIY Keepsake Mitten Ornaments Tutorial at GYCT


Next, you will make your "snowflakes".  You can see the steps below.  You'll make a straight stitch, come up and make a "t", and repeat.  This will give the look of the snowflake.
DIY Keepsake Mitten Ornaments Tutorial at GYCT

You can also label your mittens with a name or the year.


DIY Keepsake Mitten Ornaments Tutorial

Now you will need ribbon and 2 square pieces of felt.  These squares only need to be big enough to cover the straight edge opening on the bottom of the mittens.


DIY Keepsake Mitten Ornaments Tutorial

Place part of the ribbon across the straight edge of the mitten.


DIY Keepsake Mitten Ornaments Tutorial

Place the square over the ribbon and on either side of the mitten opening.  Pin in place.  Carefully stitch around the square piece to close it and hold the ribbon in place.


DIY Keepsake Mitten Ornaments Tutorial

Repeat with the opposite side.  Now you should have a cute set of keepsake mittens.


DIY Keepsake Mitten Ornaments Tutorial at GYCT

If you don't want a pair, you could make single mittens and just make a single loop to hang on the tree.


DIY Keepsake Mitten Ornaments Tutorial at GYCT

Either way, it is a fun way to remember how small those fingers and hands were.

Don't forget to check out some of our other fun Christmas Projects like:

        

         


DIY Keepsake Mitten Ornaments Tutorial at GYCT





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