Friday 8 November 2013

Super cosy refashion

This post is not just inspired by but totally ripped off from So Zo's post on recycled mittens.  I even used the same pattern from fibersandtwigs etsy store.

I have shrunk quite a few of my lovely warm cashmere/wool jumpers in the wash recently and really wanted to do something with them. Plus when my Dad came to visit recently he donated some old and holey jumpers to my refashion stash. 

( since I was quite clearly inside I'm not sure why I had my coat on in these pictures)

These are so easy to put together and a really quick and fun project. 

I used a lovely soft, cosy cotton, viscose and angora dress for the lining. I loved this dress but it was only meant to be hand washed and guess what I did. The exterior is made from a proper old man jumper (thanks daddy) and a red jumper which was originally mine (but again, me and my washing machine had a falling out over it). I used old socks for the cuffs.

I had intended these to be a Christmas present but they're so lovely and snugly that they've become a winter present to me!!!

Just a word of warning: the pattern says to mark the right side of the fabric if its not obvious to ensure you get a right and left mitten. I ignored this advice and this is what happened:

Silly Alexa! Oh well I was planning on making lots of these anyway. I'll just have to make sure the next couple are just left hand mittens! I loved these so much that I have been shopping again at the fibersandtwigs store so look out for some more cosy refashions coming soon.  

Just as an aside, what is the difference between refashioning and upcycling?  I have a sneaking suspicion that what I've done here actually counts as upcycling. On that note, I'm off to google it!  

Have a lovely weekend everyone.


  1. I love your cozy winter mittens!!! I have seen a ton of tutorials for upcycling old sweaters into mittens and I have a sweater set aside for just this purpose (I, too, have "disagreements" with my dryer haha)! I have to admit, though, that I was cracking up at your two right mittens! Happens to the best of us! :)

    1. Thanks. I love these mittens, I have worn them almost non-stop. I totally recommend making a pair. Word of warning though, depending on how confident you are (and how many sweaters you have) I would recommend buying a pattern. I have a yet to be blogged about slipper disaster as testament to that! x

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