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Fleece Mermaid Mittens

Instructions by Nancy Masters -

Fleece Mermaid Mittens

Sew up a pair of cozy fleece mittens in the soothing colors of the sea, complete with embellishments felted right into the mitten fabric. Use the Simplicity Deluxe Felting Machine to make the felting fun and easy.

You Will Need:

Of fleece, please cut 2 mitten body pieces, cut 2 mitten thumbs, cut two binding pieces.

For added interest cut the thumb and binding in contrasting colors and use the scraps of fleece from these contrasting colors to machine felt on to the top of the mitten in various designs.

HINT: There is a top and bottom to the mittens. The thumb hole is on the underside, so make sure you do all of the surface design on the larger of the surfaces.

Using a rotary cutter, cut scraps of contrasting fleece in a wavy pattern about ½" – ¾", as shown on mitten. Use the felting machine to lightly tack the fleece to the mitten top. Once it is in place, felt it more heavily until it is felted into the mitten. Use a zigzag stitch in a contrasting color along the edges to add more interest to the design and hold the felted embellishments securely in place. Place a 1 ½" piece of rayon embroidery floss on top of the button and sew the button down. Trim the floss to ½" on either side of the stitching. Sew more buttons randomly on the mitten top.

Fold mitten thumb in half, RIGHT sides together, and stitch notched edges in ¼" (6mm) and turn right side out. Stay stitch around thumb hole in mitten. With right sides together stitch the thumb to mitten opening, matching large and small dots.

With RIGHT sides together, stitch binding to lower edge of mitten, having raw edges even. Stitch in a ½" (1.3cm) seam.

Cut a piece of 7" (18cm) long elastic for each mitten. On INSIDE, stitch elastic along stitching line, stretching as you sew. HINT: I like to tack the elastic at each end and then stretch it as I stitch it down.

Fold mitten in half, with RIGHT sides together and stitch the entire seam including the binding. Trim the seam and clip the curves and turn mitten. Fold under binding and stitch in place either by hand or with the machine so some contrasting color shows.

HINT: Use a "fray check" to secure all ends of zigzag stitching.

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