Make Mittens Out Of a Purse
Ivana Musura | Date posted: January 25th, 2012
Have an old purse kicking around and don’t know what to do with it? Make these mittens with sass using the material from your purse pieces.
1 (out of style) leather purse
¼” (1 cm) wide elastic
Studs of your choice (optional)
Size 14-16 needle
*Note: Before you start sewing, you will have to change the sewing machine needle and the presser foot. You will also need to adjust the sewing machine’s upper thread tension and stitch length. Practice on a scrap first.
Step 1: Cut the lining out of the purse and separate all leather pieces with a seam ripper.
Step 2: Begin by marking 4 rectangular pieces (the length of your hand + 4” (10 cm), the width of your hand + 1” (3cm)) for the mittens and 4 small thumb pieces (measure you thumb length + ¾” (2 cm), the width + ½” (1 cm), then extend the width only at the bottom of the pieces by ½” (1 cm) on each side). Round off 2 corners on each mitten piece and chalk in a mark at the exact length of your hand on all 4 mitten pieces.
Step 3: Use all pieces to mark out duplicates on the fleece scraps. Cut out the fleece lining.
Step 4: Measure around your wrist and cut the same size elastic (x2).
Step 5: Sew thumb pieces together at a ¼” (1 cm)seam allowance.
Step 6: Cut out a placement for the thumb piece on 2 of the mitten pieces. Sew the thumb pieces in. Repeat steps 5 and 6 for lining.
Step 7: Topstitch a quilting pattern on 2 mitten pieces ¾” (2 cm) apart (on the mitten pieces without the thumb piece attached).
Step 8: Attach mitten pieces (¼” (1 cm) seam allowance).
Step 9: Place elastic on marks for the length of your wrist, and zigzag around the mitten through all layers.
Step 10: Place studs in place (this is optional).
Step 11: Insert lining.
Step 12: To clean finish raw edges, tuck mitten edges over lining and topstitch ¼” (1 cm) around the opening of the mitten.
Ivana Musura has been surrounded by fashion ever since she can remember. She has been sewing since she was 10 years old and continued to boost her creativity by making custom outfits and accessories to...