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I’ve been sewing for a LONG time! Telling you how long, would almost be like telling you my age. So let’s just keep it at a LONG time.

I love sewing on cottons. I even love a good knit. But one thing I have not sewn with very much is fleece.

My Experience with Fleece

I took a little road trip with fleece years ago and made my kids some simple mittens. I even made my hubby a pair of inserts for his snow shoveling mittens. It was all pretty straight forward, I measured hands, added a bit, rounded off the corners and BINGO, I had my pattern.

You can’t have enough mittens in a house full of 8 kids, and so having a few extras around was a plus. Kids get outside and love to play in the snow. Now you have a bunch of wet mittens and you have to wait for them to dry.  However, I never really graduated from ‘Mitten Making 101’.

Fast Forward

Remember how I told you I’ve been sewing a LONG time. I love to sew! I have several machines, from vintage to computerized. We even have a treadle and it’s one of my favorites. I sometimes wished we had a bigger house. Maybe it’s good that we don’t.

So much for getting sidetracked…

I’ve had a sewing bug lately and I wanted to sew for the grand kiddos.  I love Craftsy and I recently got a Craftsy Unlimited Subscription. I stumbled across a class Sewing With Fleece: Essential Techniques with Pattie Otto.  She grew up in Wisconsin, so she knows about winter and keeping warm.

This was a wonderful class and I highly recommend it. Pattie was very helpful with the tips, and the pattern for the hats and mittlens were a free download. It inspired me to try some sewing with fleece. On the next trip to Joann Fabrics I purchased fleece to make hats for the grand kids. The neat part was that at 50% off, I couldn’t go wrong. Each hat only cost me about $1.50 to make and they went together really quickly. One of the grandsons loved his hat so much, his mother said that he wouldn’t take it off!

The Fun Part

I had purchased fleece solids in bright colors. Maybe next time I’ll go for some of the fun prints.

I like to save money on crafting, and had all these smaller pieces left over. I took a cue from the presentation and made multi-color mittens.

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I think one of the great things about this class is that she showed how to make these ribbing cuffs. I think the cuffs are a wonderful idea for keeping kid mittens comfortable. Plus they stay on!

I might just have to make some of these for myself.

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One thing I learned from this class is to be sure that you make mittens that fit on opposite hands. In all my looking to find big enough pieces to use up the scrap, I accidentally made two of the same, so I had to sew another. Let’s say that when they get that box, they’ll wonder “Who in the family has three hands.”  We learn from our mistakes, right? 

 

One More Project

Well, I didn’t have enough matching pieces to make more mittens, but I still had some sizable scrap. I really only bought 1/4 yard of each color! I still felt like I needed to use up all that fun looking scrap.  “Beary” is almost finished and I’ll share him another day. In the meantime, enjoy crafting and don’t forget to try sewing with fleece.

 

 

 

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