As the cold weather knocks on our doors I have to make sure my little ones are toasty warm. We have our snow pants and big poofy coats but I needed a quick fix to our never ending lost mitten dilemma. So, I whipped up an age old solution: little “mitten keepers”!
I already had everything I needed in my sewing basket; all I had to do was take some measurements… ha! In case you didn’t know, trying to measure a toddler’s wingspan is pretty near impossible. I held arms out; my husband measured…We got close enough. And they are absolutely perfect! In hindsight we could have just measured their coats, but what is life without the challenge?
Project Time: 5 minutes
What you will need:
• Twill tape or ribbon, cut to the desired length (for my two year old’s, I used 34 inches. To measure, hold arms out and measure wrist to wrist, this will give you the appropriate length.)
• A two-pack of suspender clips. (These run around $3 a pair. I purchased a bulk lot from Amazon.com for roughly the same amount)
• Straight pins
• Sewing machine
Clips pinned on
Begin by cutting the twill tape or ribbon to your desired length. Then, run the tape through the loop on the suspender clip and pin it in place. Give yourself about an inch of overlap to sew.
Sewing on the clips
Sew a straight line, and then back-stitch it. Move over about a 1/4 inch and sew another straight line and back-stitch once more. Repeat on the other side. Trim your strings.
Mittens safe and sound
Now, run them through your little one’s coat sleeves and clip their mittens on! I think I might even make myself some, because nothing is worse than having to take off your glove when working outside, thinking you stuck it in your pocket, but finding instead that it fell into the mud or, even worse, the manure! Next time I make these for my boys, I plan to make the length adjustable so that they can grow with them. These ones will last quite a long time, though; it wont be long until our youngest can use them, and I have a new niece that could use them soon too!