DIY: Customized Mittens

The temperature is below freezing and the snow has come, but I have not let that deter me from crafting. Instead, I combined the best of both worlds and came up with a DIY to keep your paws warm.

This DIY project requires a little hand-sewing and a little bit of time, but otherwise it is easy, fun, and can be customized in a variety of ways!

  • old or thrifted pair of mittens
  • fabric scraps (stretchy fabric works the best)
  • needle
  • thread
  • pins
  • scissors
  • pen
  • cue-card


Decide which shapes you would like to use to customize your mittens. Cut the desired shapes out of the cue-card.

Place the cut-out shapes on your mittens to ensure that they are an appropriate size. Make any adjustments that are necessary before continuing. I made these mittens for a friend and she asked that one mitten have these specific initials on them, and the other have a heart. You can choose whichever shapes you would like…be creative!


Using your pen, trace your cutout shapes on the back of your fabric scrap. I found that stretchy fabric works the best because it has a little bit of give and doesn’t fray around the edges. Cut out your shapes.

TIP: If you decide to use a stiff fabric, after cutting out your shapes, apply a coat of clear nail polish to the edges of your shape. This will prevent the edges from fraying.


Put your mittens on. Place your cut-out shapes on the mittens and pin into place. By putting your hand in the mitten, it allows you to line the fabric scrap up with how the mittens will be when worn. Do this for both mittens.


Crumple up a scrap paper or an old newspaper. Place the crumpled piece into the mitten while you sew. Sew on the fabric shape and secure appropriately when finished. Remove the pins. Try on your mitten to ensure that it is lined up properly. Repeat all of the steps for the second mitten.


Enjoy your new and completely customized mittens! Guaranteed you will never find someone with the same pair (always a great benefit to DIYing and upcycling)!

So whether you love or hate the snow, these mittens are sure to keep you cozy and fashionable over the next few wintery months! Many blessings and thanks for reading. Happy crafting!

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