I was just checking the weather forecast online and the main headline read ‘Will it EVER be warm again’? Ha! A bit dramatic, but I figured that now would be a good time to bring this leather soled mitten tutorial home for those that are still experiencing the polar vortex!
Winter this year in Colorado has been particularly cold, so I figured sewing up some new mittens would be a fun and also functional project! I’m still absolutely in love with the southwest fabric I used for my coaster project and thought it would make for some great leather soled mittens – especially when paired with some chocolate brown suede I had in my leather stash.
Want to make some too? Here’s the scoop!
- Main Fabric
- Knit Wristbands
- Leather Needle
- Standard Needle
- General Sewing Supplies
One: Trace your hand on a piece of paper in a mitten shape. Make sure to add a couple inches extra around your hand so you will be able to pull the mittens on and to account for the seam allowance. This is especially important if you aren’t using knits.
Two: Cut out pattern piece.
Three: Trace the pattern on a piece of fleece folded in half and then cut the pieces out. There should be 4 pieces total – two for the left hand and two for the right hand. This will be the lining of the mittens.
Four: Trace the pattern on a piece of your main fabric – one for the right hand and one for the left hand. Cut the pieces out.
Five: Trace the pattern on a piece of suede – one for the right hand and one for the left hand. Cut the pieces out.
Six: Place two of the fleece lining pieces right sides together and sew with a 1/2 inch seam allowance, leaving the wrist open. Repeat for the other mitten.
Seven: Switch to a leather needle.
Eight: Place one of the main fabric pieces and the suede pieces right sides together and sew with a 1/2 inch seam allowance, leaving the wrist open. Turn right side out. Repeat for the other mitten.
Nine: Place the lining inside the mitten, wrong sides together. Repeat for the other mitten.
Ten: Place the knit wristband on the mitten, lining up the raw edges.
Eleven: Stitch the wristband to the mittens, sewing through the lining, outside layer, and wristband with a 5/8 inch seam allowance. Repeat for the other mitten.
Twelve: Flip the wristband up and enjoy your cozy, new mittens.