Hand-stitch holiday motifs to a mitten shape for a stocking to hide presents or a cute gift for friends!
Designer: Amy Barickman of Indygo Junction
• 9×12" pieces wool felt: 3 of red, 1 each of turquoise and yellow
• Fine-point marker
• Clear template plastic
• Sewing machine
• Embroidery floss to match wool felt pieces
• Embroidery needle
• Use a 1⁄2" seam allowance unless otherwise stated.
Click on "Download this Project" above for pattern pieces. Using a fine-point marker, trace patterns onto clear template plastic. Cut out templates on drawn lines (photo 1).
From red felt, cut two of Pattern A mitten and one 2-1⁄2×12" rectangle for handle. From turquoise felt, cut one of Pattern B tree. From yellow felt, cut three of Pattern C star (photo 2).
Position the B tree piece 2" from bottom edge of one A mitten piece; pin (photo 3).
Cut an 18" length of turquoise embroidery floss. Thread all six strands through embroidery needle; knot at end. Bring needle up from wrong side of mitten piece, about 1⁄4" from edge of tree piece (photo 4).
Hand-stitch around tree piece to attach to mitten piece. Knot floss end on wrong side and trim off excess floss (photo 5).
TIP: If desired, use a pencil to lightly mark stitching lines 1⁄4" from edge of appliqué pieces.
Using three C star pieces and yellow embroidery floss, hand-stitch stars 1⁄2" from bottom edge of mitten piece to make mitten top (photo 6).
With right sides together, use a 1⁄2" seam allowance to machine-sew together mitten top and remaining mitten piece, leaving top edge open, to make mitten body (photo 7).
TIP: For smooth edges, slow down when sewing around curves.
Clip seams around thumb and inner curve of mitten to reduce bulk (and to make turning right side out easier) (photo 8).
Fold top edge of mitten body 1⁄2" to wrong side; pin. Using red floss, hand-stitch to hem top edge. Turn right side out (photo 9).
Fold red felt 2-1⁄2×12" rectangle in half lengthwise; crease. Open and refold so each long edge meets at center crease; fold again to make a 5⁄8×12" piece. Machine-stitch along double-fold edge through all layers to make handle (photo 10).
Place ends of handle on inside of mitten body along side seams. Hand-stitch in place to secure handle and complete mitten (photo 11).