Looking for an easy handmade stocking stuffer? Erin from the Sewing Rabbit Team has a fun and easy sewing tutorial today for some fabulous leather soled mittens! I love these mittens because they not only keep your hands warm from the cold in style, but because the leather soled back allows you to still be able to grip things while wearing them. A great gift for teens, neighbors, friends, and more! Get creative and make these from an upcycled sweater, wool, fleece, sherpa, faux fur…the sky is the limit! Erin is here to show you how.
Leather Soled Mittens Sewing Tutorial
It’s officially mitten weather here in Colorado since we’ve already had a few snowfalls in the city and pretty much all the ski resorts are open. To kick off mitten season, I thought it would be fun to make some southwest inspired leather soled mittens.
Want to make a pair 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.
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 one of 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.