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Topic: Goodwill Goodness turned Mitten/Hat set (with easy hat tutorial!)  (Read 17024 times)
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« on: December 22, 2010 07:49:17 AM »

I've been inspired by the different "repurposing" threads I've seen on here, so I set out to scour Goodwill to find the perfect 100% wool sweater to felt and turn into mittens.

http://inlinethumb04.webshots.com/23235/2183157280077976460S500x500Q85.jpg

I think I succeeded!

I found this wonderfully ugly sweater in the womans department:
http://inlinethumb47.webshots.com/4462/2134809860077976460S500x500Q85.jpg

I threw it in with everyone's wash for a week until it had sufficiently shrunk and felted.
http://inlinethumb28.webshots.com/46555/2498531950077976460S500x500Q85.jpg
Why is it that if you had a sweater that you DIDN'T want to shrink, it would shrink in one wash---yet this took 6 or 7 tries!)

I then made my patterns:
http://inlinethumb23.webshots.com/45846/2264043280077976460S500x500Q85.jpg

I lined up the edge of the mittens on the bottom of the sleeve for a tight cuff.  I also lined up the cuff of the hat on the bottom edge of the sweater for the same reason.

After about an hour or so of sewing, I had my new set!

http://inlinethumb63.webshots.com/27838/2118004260077976460S500x500Q85.jpg

I also made lining out of fleece and sewed it into the hat and mittens so they wouldn't be itchy.  Bonus--they make them super warm!
http://inlinethumb42.webshots.com/3689/2150373940077976460S500x500Q85.jpg

Because I was so in love with the sweater, I didn't want to mess it up if I had incorrectly figured my patterns---so I found a peach colored wool sweater in a local thrift store to practice on.  It came out just as nice, so I'm showing them off too  Wink

http://inlinethumb13.webshots.com/14284/2777167840077976460S500x500Q85.jpg

Since they're so plain, I'm thinking of doing a little embroidery on them, but I don't know what yet---maybe some cherry blossoms or snowflakes?

Tested in the snow--
http://inlinethumb46.webshots.com/38061/2269428900077976460S500x500Q85.jpg

Lining
http://inlinethumb05.webshots.com/24708/2113974620077976460S500x500Q85.jpg


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Hat Tutorial

I searched all over Craftster for a fitted hat tutorial and came up with nothing, so I made my own.  It's easy peasy.
1. Measure the circumfrence of your head (where you'd want the bottom of the hat to fall).  Divide by 5 (because we are going to be making 5 panels) and add one inch (for a half inch seam allowance on each side).  For example- if your head is 30 inches, that divided by 5 is 6, plus one inch would be 7.  
2. Next measure from the crown of your head, down to where the bottom of the hat would fall.  (say that's 9 inches).  Add an inch or two if you would like a cuff (depending on how much you want to cuff it)
3. Cut out a rectangle those two dimensions (mine would be 9 inches by 7 inches).
4. Taper the top edge (as I did in my photo above).
5. Cut out five pieces, sew all 5 together in a large circle so the points meet at the top.  Finish the bottom edge by folding it under or over depending on your prefrence, and ta daaa!!  Perfectly fitted hat!

These make great gifts---thrifted sweater, plus about an hour of your time for sewing---you've got a great gift!
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« Reply #1 on: December 22, 2010 08:07:15 AM »

These are beautiful and amazing for first tries! I love them! Many thanks for the instructions/tutorial as well. They would make absolutely wonderful gifts.
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« Reply #2 on: December 22, 2010 08:10:06 AM »

They both turned out great!!

I love that you also lined them...super comfy!

Our Goodwill has a $1 sweater sale in the spring and I am that crazy lady who buys all the wool ones! Cheesy

Yay for recycling so beautifully!
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« Reply #3 on: December 22, 2010 08:43:59 AM »

Thanks guys!

I think with everyone out there re-purposing and re-crafting, its getting harder and harder to score 100% wool sweaters!  The other day, I went to 3 thrift stores and got only one wool sweater (the orange one).  I got 2 100% wool sweaters at goodwill the other day, but one is nice, so I'm keeping it for myself..lol.  The other one is in the wash as we speak!  I also bought a pair of kids fleece pj pants to use as the lining.  They still had the tags on them, and have a really cute print!
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« Reply #4 on: December 22, 2010 08:47:03 AM »

I always find them in the men's section...you can also find 100% wool suits or coats for cheap...Goodwill gets a lot of never been worn stuff donated that might be last years' stuff or overruns---I know we get a lot of Lands End stuff with tags that is dirt cheap!  I use the stripey knit tops to make gloves, socks, leg warmers, scarves and hats...

Now you have me itching to go to the Goodwill to bargain hunt! Cheesy
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« Reply #5 on: December 22, 2010 09:04:06 AM »

Love the deer mittens.  I gotta do this.
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« Reply #6 on: December 22, 2010 09:18:24 AM »

I picked this as my moderator choice---fabulous job!

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« Reply #7 on: December 22, 2010 10:18:08 AM »

I always find them in the men's section...you can also find 100% wool suits or coats for cheap...Goodwill gets a lot of never been worn stuff donated that might be last years' stuff or overruns---I know we get a lot of Lands End stuff with tags that is dirt cheap!  I use the stripey knit tops to make gloves, socks, leg warmers, scarves and hats...

Now you have me itching to go to the Goodwill to bargain hunt! Cheesy

I hunted in the mens section as well--thought I'd find some more wonderfully ugly sweaters there too!  I almost started weeding through the kids, then I realized there might not be enough "Fabric" there to work with once its shrunken.
Your lucky to get Lands End stuff----ours usually has a lot of Target overruns/outdated stuff---same thing---with tags on them.
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« Reply #8 on: December 22, 2010 10:19:07 AM »

I picked this as my moderator choice---fabulous job!

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« Reply #9 on: December 22, 2010 01:56:48 PM »

Can you explain how you sewed in the linings?
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