By Noreen Doll.
Warm fingerless mitts are great to make for yourself, and they are wonderful gifts.
When it’s cold, it’s nice to have something to keep your wrists and hands warm while leaving your fingers free.
Fleece is snuggly soft and warm. And you can fold the top down to leave your fingers totally uncovered.
Fleece is so easy to sew because you don’t have to worry about edges fraying, since fleece doesn’t fray.
To make these fingerless mitts you have only 3 easy seams to sew.
1. Fold the fleece so it is two thicknesses.
Make sure the stretch goes around your hand and not up and down.
2. Lay your arm and hand on the fleece and draw around it. Make the top of the mitt go almost to the fingertips and the bottom almost to the elbow.
This is the shape you will need.
Cut on solid lines, stitch on dashed lines.
Be sure to allow enough fabric to go all the way around the hand and arm, and also leaving 1/4 inch seam allowance on each side. See the photo above for where the seams will be.
[I made mine larger than I thought I wanted, because you can remove extra fabric if you need to.]
When you have the shape drawn, cut it out through both thicknesses. Do not cut the second warm fingerless mitt yet.
3. Pin the outside edges together (the long side without the thumb), with the wrong sides of the fabric together.
You will be sewing the mitt right side out, as the seams will not be turned to the inside.
4. Stitch a 1/4 inch seam along the entire edge of the mitt, back stitching at each end.
5. Pin the other edges on the 1/4 inch seam line and try the mitt on. You can make adjustments now.
6. When you like the fit, stitch the other two 1/4 inch seams.
No need to do any hemming as there are no fraying edges.
7. Once your warm fingerless mitt is finished, lay it on a double layer of fleece to trace the second mitt.
This is a good time to trace the mitt onto a piece of paper to make a pattern for next time you want to make some.
Finish the second mitt the same way you made the first one.
I added the piece of fleece I had left (8 inches wide by 42 inches long) to the warm fingerless mitts to make a nice set.
The scarf is not as large as a regular scarf, and is a nice size for wearing when you feel chilly but don’t want a lot of bulk.
See my lovely volunteer who wanted to demonstrate how well they work.
I like the mitts to be nice and long, but if you need your fingers out you can fold the top back out of the way.
You could also stitch them to be snugger.
You can turn the seams to the inside if you like, but they are bulky and you will need to allow extra room for fit.
Don’t throw your fleece scraps away – bits of fleece make great stuffing.