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#letssewthistogether November is Scrapvember!

#letssewthistogether November is Scrapvember!

To all my fellow stitchers who have multiple 18-gallon totes full of scraps: you are not alone. My husband side eyes my scrap bins every time he goes into our basement storage area but I can’t bring myself to throw them away. It’s a personal goal of mine to reduce our household waste so the scraps keep piling up. Thankfully, right before the holidays is a fantastic time to pull out those scraps and make some little projects for gifting or holiday decorations. Bonus: small projects take less time. See why this theme of “Scrapvember” is absolutely perfect for the hectic holiday schedules?

Earlier this month Loni made some little scrappy mittens and I thought it was such an awesome idea. (Side note—I sent my 3 year old to school with regular gloves and received a note with the suggestion that mittens are easier for kids and a better choice for the children to put on independently. DUH, MOM!) Once again, Scrapvember is coming at the perfect time. Loni used a pattern by Last Stitch for her mittens.

 image from Burda Style product listing

image from Burda Style product listing

Loni sent me the link to a free Burda Style pattern for one-size mittens. To download the pattern, you have to sign up for a free account on the Burda Style website. It’s a very simple template that can be quickly sewn up together using only the serger! My kind of pattern!

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I found a big chunk of really beautiful gray rayon/nylon ponte de roma so I was going to use that for the main part of the mittens and some cotton/lycra ribbing for the cuff. That would have been good enough, but then I dug a little more in the box and found a remnant piece of a sparkly knit fabric. I decided to also cut out the main part of the mittens in this knit fabric and use the ponte as an underlining so my mittens would be SPARKLY. I simply treated them as one piece of fabric when sewing it all together and it worked out great.

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Truly this pattern could not be easier. I traced my pattern pieces onto some card stock because I think I am going to use this pattern forever. I don’t even need the instructions after sewing it up once! Next I’m going to try to size the pattern down for my kids and make them some cute scrappy mittens too!

I wore my mittens yesterday to pick up my son from school and they really did keep my hands warm! It was windy with snow flurries and my hands felt toasty warm. I’m going to use the name rayon/nylon ponte to underline my kids’ mittens too because it was so warm.

What are you making for Scrapvember? I’ve seen a few really cute ideas on Instagram such as softies and zip pouches. I also took two 1/2 yard cuts of a really soft sweater knit from Blackbird Fabrics and made a color blocked Lane Raglan. I hope to get that blogged by the end of November!

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Thank you for visiting my blog and I hope to chat with you here or on Instagram soon!

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New TNT Pattern:  Lane Raglan

New TNT Pattern: Lane Raglan

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