As colder weather is settling in, a lot of us are stuck in offices and other spaces that don't keep our hands warm enough. While it would be great to knit fingerless mitts and gloves to keep us warm, sometimes we need something quicker and less expensive.
You can make quick fingerless mitts out of fleece. It's warm, it's easy to work with because it doesn't ravel, and it comes in lots of fun colors and patterns so you can make a bunch of these for different days of the week, different outfits, or special occasions.
Sewing is not a strong suit of mine, so I hope these instructions make some sort of sense. Please leave me a comment if you need clarification.
Stay warm out there!
Step 1: Measure from wrist to between knuckles and first knuckle on your index finger; this will be the length of your mitt (adjust this to your personal preferences, of course).
Step 2: Cut two pieces of fleece to this length; if you are planning to hem the top and bottom edges, cut the fabric a bit longer to accommodate the hems. Make the pieces just wide enough to wrap around your hand and wrist.
Step 3: Wrap one piece of fleece around your hand and wrist; pin along outside edge making sure to stretch it a little--you don't want it to be too loose when you're wearing it. Make sure to leave an opening for your thumb. Repeat this step with the other piece of fleece.
Step 4: With mitts inside out, sew along the line you've created; you may want to draw a chalk line from the top edge to make the line straighter. (Your finished shape will be more of a trapezoid rather than a rectangle because the mitt will be smaller at the finger end.) Don't forget to skip the space you've marked for your thumb.
Step 5: Trim the fleece as close as possible to the seam so you won't have a lot of excess fabric inside your mitt.
These don't need to be finished at the top and bottom since fleece doesn't ravel, although the fleece will roll at the edges a bit. If this bothers you, before stitching the seam you can do a blanket stitch along the edges to finish it.