STYROFOAM brand foam crafts

Recycled Sweater Mitten Ornament

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 sweater, 6" square;
  • 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. Cutpattern from foam block.
  • 2. Trace mitten onto tan felt and recycled sweater fabric. Cutout 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. Pullsweater up and over edges of foam; hot glue in place and trimexcess. Glue felt mitten to back of ornament.
  • 4. With wrong side out, fold homespun fabric strip in half tomeasure 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 todecorate mitten front. Refer to photo as guide. Sew threadthrough buttonholes; glue buttons to mitten.
  • 6. Glue ribbon ends together to make loop; glue hanger to corner of cuff.If you enjoyed this project, look here for more inspiring ideas:Colorful Mitten WreathWarm & Cozy Flannel Ornaments