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The One-Hundred Mittens Project

Amy Jo has a knitting sewing project, and she’s recruiting help.

Hello everyone! I have a favor to ask. Would you mind digging through your closet(s) to see if you have any 100-percent wool sweaters that you are willing to donate to a good cause? I hope to make 100 pairs of felted wool mittens by Christmas to donate to local senior, women’s, and homeless organizations.

One medium-sized woman’s sweater will make one pair of adult mittens and at least one pair of child-size mittens. It doesn’t matter if the sweater is tatty or has holes in it, or if you’ve washed and shrunk it somewhere along the line (that would actually help me save the step of “felting” the sweaters before making the mittens). And, if you are feeling ambitious and would like to join me in the sewing of mittens, I’ll gladly send you the template and instructions. They are very easy to make — only one seam!

If you’d like to contribute to Amy Jo’s mitten extravaganza, leave a comment here or drop me a line. Also: I’ll happily ferry old sweaters, if needed.

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  1. Thanks for posting this JD. I really appreciate it. And, to clarify, this is a sewing project not a knitting project. I felt the sweaters by washing them in hot water and then cut out the pattern and sew them up. Also, the sweaters can have a bit of nylon in them, and any type of woolen fiber will work–lambswool, alpaca, cashmere, etc. I’m also finding that I can often get at least four pairs of mittens per sweater since I am making five different sizes (2 adult and 3 childrens).

  2. I would be interested in the pattern and instructions. If I am successful in making my first pair, I would like to make some for charity. I think local thrift stores would be a good source for wool sweaters you could use for this project., sometimes you can pick them up for a couple of bucks.

  3. I am always looking for recycling items and I thought that these mittens would be great for a
    local charity that I have donated scarves, hats,
    and mittens (crocheted) in the past.

    Thank you again.

  4. I have been collecting used sweaters for the very same project to dontate to charities. I have been looking for a good pattern and I like yours. Please send me a copy of your pattern & I will do my part to keep hands and hearts warm all winter in Minnesota.

  5. I would love to have the pattern for making felted wool mittens. A friend and I have been looking for the pattern. This would be a great charitable project!

  6. Hi! I am so happy to find a fellow wool sweater mitten maker! I have been making them for several years for family friends, gifts, etc. and am now also making them for people with cold hands who need them Your pattern looks simpler yhan mine-only one seam! I would really love to have it if you are willing to share it. Thanks so much and I hope you reach your goal! Marcia

  7. I would love to help make some mittens and learn how to recycle those old tatterd sweaters at the same time. whats the criteria required to recieve a template. I see christmas is soon to come, but perhaps I can still help. are you there yet, to 100?

  8. I have several old sweaters that I have already felted and would like to donate to the cause. I know that Christmas is over, but if you’re still interested….

  9. Thanks everyone for your interest in the mitten project. I am pleased with the interest folks have shown in the project. I don’t have a total count for mittens since I sent the pattern off to a number of folks around the country, but within my family we made nearly 200 pairs! The agencies we took them to, including Portland Impact, were genuinely pleased to receive them. I encourage folks to keep making them even though the holidays are quickly passing. It is easy to make a template, just trace your hands and photocopy the sketch at 115 to 120 percent. To felt the sweaters, wash them in hot water with a spoonful of liquid detergent. You may have to wash them more than once. Throwing in a pair of jeans will speed things up. Once the sweaters have felted to your liking, toss them in the dryer. Cut the mittens out (I like to use the ribbing on the bottom of the sweater for the wrists) and sew them up.

  10. I’d also love to work on this great project.

    I’m thinking of children’s mittens for local schools… you wouldn’t believe how many kids come to school without hats and mittens!
    Please send pattern. Thank you for this project idea!

  11. Would love to try your pattern. Right now I’m using one from a fleece project book. Results are not quite what I expected when using the felted wool. Thanks so much. Marylyn

  12. Hello, Jo: I would love to get a copy of the mitten template and instructions to make the felted mittens you show here. Thanks! Julia

  13. I’ll chime in on wanting the pattern. I have three wool sweaters waiting to become mittens and/or slippers. BTW, a slipper pattern, or link to one, would be greatly appreciated, too.

  14. Our church group would love to make some mittens for adults and children in our area that are in need. This would be a great project for our group to work on. Could you send us the pattern for adults and children? Thanks, Karen

  15. Our church group would love to make some mittens for adults and children in our area that are in need. This would be a great project for our group to work on. Could you send us the pattern for adults and children? Thanks, Karen

  16. Great idea. I have a stash of old wool sweaters that I felted for a blanket project that failed. This might be a fabulous use of the sweaters and a great charity item. Thanks.

  17. I would love to have template for the felted, one-seam wool mittens. I want to start felting, but want something easy to begin with.
    Thanks!

  18. I would love the pattern for the felted wool mittens made from old sweaters. I would greatly appreciate anyone emailing this to me and thanks so much in advance.

  19. I would love the pattern for the felted wool mittens made from old sweaters. I would greatly appreciate anyone emailing this to me and thanks so much in advance.

  20. Yes, I would LOVE receive the directions and pattern to make the mittens. Thank you for the info. Peace bee with you.

  21. Yes, I would LOVE receive the directions and pattern to make the mittens. Thank you for the info. Peace bee with you.

  22. This is an amazing idea!Please send me the mitten template,and I will join the mitten project .
    Thank you and God bless!

  23. I would love the instructions and pattern for the mittens. If you have any other patterns I would love to have them as well.
    Thanks

  24. Wow! How fun is that! Could you please send me the pattern? I will ask the folks at church for donations and help make mittens for our town–we live in a town where the kids really need warm stuff!
    thanks in advance–congrats on making and breaking your goal!
    Kris

  25. This is just so cute! I totally see myself making mittens like that for Christmas present…totally eco-friendly. Could you please send me the pattern? Sincerely,
    Claudia

  26. This is such a great idea. I know our elementary school is always looking for hats and mittens for the kids that don’t have them. I would love the pattern to be able to make them to donate to the school if you could send me the pattern.

    Thanks

  27. I would love the template to make these mittens. We have a women’s retreat and this would be a great project for our Winter gathering.
    Thanks in Advance!!

  28. Hi, you must be an awesome person! I have an old sweater that my mom made 50 years ago. I would love to make her granddaughters memory mittens from this sweater. After that (if they turn out ok) I will join you in your venture for charity. thanks for the pattern.

  29. Hi, you must be an awesome person! I have an old sweater that my mom made 50 years ago. I would love to make her granddaughters memory mittens from this sweater. After that (if they turn out ok) I will join you in your venture for charity. thanks for the pattern.

  30. Hi, you must be an awesome person! I have an old sweater that my mom made 50 years ago. I would love to make her granddaughters memory mittens from this sweater. After that (if they turn out ok) I will join you in your venture for charity. thanks for the pattern.

  31. I just purchased 3 100% wool sweaters at the thrift store and this would be a wonderful use for the sleeves! Please send the mitten pattern!
    Thank you!

  32. What a great idea! I know several groups that would love to make to give and one that needs mittens. Please share the pattern. With thanks from many people, New Crafter

  33. This is a wonderful idea! Does anyone have a mitten pattern for kids? I could try tracing a hand, but I saw someone else said the thumb was too skinny. We have so many kids around here that come to school w/o mittens. I’d love to help out.

  34. I would also love to have your pattern. I would like to try to make some mittens. I am very crafty and love to try new ideas. thanks

  35. Hi,
    I have been trying to make these this past week but my pattern just isn’t working. Would I be able to have a copy of your pattern? I have been looking for a way to give back this Christmas and this would be perfect. Thanks

  36. Hi,
    I have been trying to make these this past week but my pattern just isn’t working. Would I be able to have a copy of your pattern? I have been looking for a way to give back this Christmas and this would be perfect. Thanks