All this cybershopping has given my fingers the chill! Here’s what I’m up to:
Take an old sweater with tight(er) sleeves. Cut off the ends of the sleeves anywhere from 7″-9″ from the cuff edge. Turn under and sew the cut edge so it doesn’t unravel.
Sew a very long button hole (2 inches for small hands) about an inch or so away from the cuff edge on the sweater seam. Cut open the button hole.
There you go – warm gauntlets for your frigid hands! Hmmm… these would make great fast Christmas gifts.
A few things I learned in my first attempt: Sewing the cut edge with a zigzag stitch or a straight stitch didn’t make any change to the shape of the bell. The sweater seems more lumpy with the zigzag stitch and the straight stitch is a bit prettier. In my next effort, I’ll sew up the existing seam to make a uniform tube so it hugs my forearm better. I also plan to use a more colorful sweater. This one will work for me at midnight in my jammies but not so pretty for a gift.
Have fun, stay warm and post a picture if you try this. For more fun stuff, click on over to my website: www.WendyAmato.com! See you there!