How to turn a sweater into mittens

Join #MittensForGood Challenge for Tuesday I give 2023.

Join the challenge

Welcome to the ultimate I give Tuesday challenge! In this special but timeless tutorial I will explain to you how reuse sweaters from your local closet or thrift store in cozy mittens in fairness five minutesperfect for the winter season for those who need it.

I give Tuesday, which falls on November 28, is an annual global giving movement that encourages people to give back to their communities and support various causes, promoting the spirit of kindness and charity. Join me this year to make a positive impact in our communities by creating mittens to donate to local homeless shelters. You are not only helping the homeless, but also reducing waste for our planet; you knew that more than 85% of ALL donations to thrift stores never be purchased and end up in a landfill?

How to get involved

Grab an old sweater from home or head to your local thrift store to buy a sweater (or two) to create a pair or pairs of mittens! You can find the short tutorial on how to do this below.

Once you have your mittens ready for donation, bring them to your local participating BERNINA dealer for donation before November 28, 2023.

Contact your reseller

To find your local BERNINA dealer, visit Find a BERNINA dealer on All dealer contact information can be found on the Dealer Locator, so you can connect with them to see if they are collecting mittens for donation.

I encourage you to showcase your wonderful recycled mitten creations on social media to help launch this initiative and inspire others to also contribute within their communities and the planet. Please use the hashtag #MittensForGood when you share your posts, because it allows us to track and share the collective impact we make together. You can also post your creations in the WeAllSew Community section for a chance to be featured in our weekly WeAllSew newsletter! Make sure to select the #MittensForGood challenge as your post campaign before submitting your post.

What you'll need to turn a sweater into mittens

  • A sweater (a ribbed finish on the bottom hem is preferred)
  • Fleece fabric for your lining (at least 1/4 yard)
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Extendable or ballpoint sewing needles
  • Pins or clips
  • All-purpose polyester thread
  • Fabric Weight
  • Sewing machine (I use a BERNINA 590 E)
  • Printer (for the pattern)

Download the free template

You can download my FREE printable PDF pattern of mittens HERE and follow my step-by-step video tutorial below:

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