Thumbless Mittens

Since winter is approaching, I wanted to have some kind of mittens for Elias to keep his little fingers warm. But the thought of trying to uncurl his thumbs and getting them into the little thumb holes of mittens every time we went out didn't sound too appealing. So I made some thumbless mittens for him out of some discounted fleecy felt I found at Joann Fabrics. This idea is not original to me, but I couldn't find a pattern online for them, so I just kind of made it up as I went along. I first created a simple pattern that would fit his hand. I added 1/4" seam allowance.

Double the fabric with right sides together, pin, and cut.

Repeat three more times. Two pairs are for the lining, two pairs are for the outside.

Pin with right sides together. On two of the pairs, leave a gap at the little triangle. These will be your lining and the gap will be the hole for the elastic.

Sew, leaving a 1/4" seam allowance. Repeat for all four pairs.

With right sides together, stuff one mitten section into another. Make sure that one set has the elastic hole in it. Pin and sew around the cuff, leaving a gap for turning.

Turn the mittens right side out by pushing all of the fabric through the hole left in the cuff. This might seem confusing, but it all works out in the end. After the mitten is turned right side out, sew around the entire cuff close to the edge, sealing the hole and preventing the material from rolling with wear.

Sew an elastic casing in each mitten, making sure there is enough room for your elastic to go through. I used 1/8" elastic because these are for a baby. If making for a toddler, I would probably use 1/4". Measure your pieces of elastic on the child's wrist and cut, leaving some extra to tack the elastic together. Thread through the casing using a safety pin. Sew the ends of the elastic together. Turn the mittens so that the lining (the piece with the hole in the seam) is on the inside. There is no need to sew up the hole as it won't be visible and the elastic will kind of scrunch the hole shut.

Awful picture, but here is the finished product! These only took about half an hour to make and are super easy to get on and off Elias' hands.