Recycled Sweater Mitten Ornament

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Cozy up your Christmas tree with warm-and-fuzzy ornaments created from old sweaters. Don't have sweaters on-hand to cut up? Scout local thrift stores - recover reuse recycle reduce!

Completion time – 1 hour each

Designer – Kathleen George


  • Block, 1/2" x 12" x 12"
Other Materials
  • Fabric: homespun, 2-1/4" x 7"; recycled knitted sw
  • assorted scraps
  • Tan felt, 5" square
  • Assorted buttons
  • Double-sided ribbon, 3/8" x 1/4 yd.


  • Serrated knife
  • Candle stub or paraffin
  • Fine-line black permanent marker
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Sewing needle and thread, assorted colors
  • Straight pins
  • Low-temp glue gun and glue sticks
  • Thick, white craft glue


  • 1. Wax serrated knife with candle stub or paraffin. Cut
    pattern from foam block.
  • 2. Trace mitten onto tan felt and recycled sweater fabric. Cut
    out tan mitten on traced line and sweater mitten 1/2" to 3/4"
    beyond traced line, depending on amount of stretch in sweater.
    Cut on smaller side if sweater is very stretchy.
  • 3. Place foam mitten face down on back of sweater mitten. Pull
    sweater up and over edges of foam; hot glue in place and trim
    excess. Glue felt mitten to back of ornament.
  • 4. With wrong side out, fold homespun fabric strip in half to
    measure 2-1/4" x 3-1/2". Hand-sew or glue short ends together,
    using 1/4" seam. Turn cuff right side out and fold in half.
    Slip cuff over top of mitten and glue to secure.
  • 5. Cut out fabric patches, felt circles, and other shapes to
    decorate mitten front. Refer to photo as guide. Sew thread
    through buttonholes; glue buttons to mitten.
  • 6. Glue ribbon ends together to make loop; glue hanger to corner of cuff.