Fleece Mittens

Fleece mittensThese fleece mittens are inexpensive to make and very easy to sew. The pattern can be scaled to make mittens for adult- and children-sized hands by changing the size of the squares in the grid. For example, if the size of the square is changed from 1" to 3/4" then the mitten fits a hand girth of 6-1/2", a hand length of 6-1/2" and a thumb length of 2-3/8".

Another modification would be to make the mittens from windblock fleece. They would be extra warm, but a bit more expensive. The windblock fabric contains a barrier layer within the fleece for insulation against windy conditions.

This design is based on a free pattern for fleece over-mitts that I had gotten from a Hancock Fabric store. The store also had other great fleece projects in their free projects box: a hat, an ear-warmer headband, and a pair of serger socks.

Size:   (Women's large/Men's medium)
  • Hand girth:  9"
  • Hand length:  8-3/4"
  • Thumb length:  3-1/4"
  • 1/4 yard of polyester fleece material
  • Thread to match
  • 18 inches of 1/4" elastic
  • Optional:  matching or contrasting lycra material
  • 2 of each pattern piece   (Important Note:  If the fabric has right and wrong sides, flip over the thumb and the palm patterns before cutting the 2nd set of pieces.)
  • 4 pieces of elastic, each 4-1/2" long
Instructions:   (Seam allowance equals 1/4")
  • On the wrong sides of the mitten back and thumb piece, stitch the elastic along the dashed lines.
  • With the right sides together, match the diamonds and the thumb edges of the palm piece and the thumb piece.
  • Sew across the palm and around the thumb, stopping at the diamonds.
  • With the right sides together, stitch the mitten palm and thumb pieces to the mitten back piece, starting and stopping at the diamond mark.
  • Finish the bottom edge with either a 1/2" hem or a lycra binding.
  • Repeat above steps for the other mitten.
Pattern Pieces:
  • Seam allowances ARE included.
  • Grid Scale:  1 square = 1 inch
  • BACK
    Gridded pattern of back piece.
  • PALM
    Gridded pattern of palm piece.
    Gridded pattern of thumb piece.

Other Resources

Fleece Projects: Fleece Sewing Techniques: Making Outdoor Gear:

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Page author: Dawn Rorvik (rorvikd@evergreen.edu)
Last modified: 10/03/2003