Free Mitten Sewing Pattern for Fleece

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Learn how to make fleece mittens with a free sewing pattern. It comes in children, teen, and adult sizes and is a great handmade gift!

There’s something cute and special about mittens. Maybe that it reminds me of being a child or that they are the cutest curves. They definitely keep hands warmer than gloves even if they are a little impractical. I’d rather my family have warm hands any day! These are not snow mittens, but they do keep your hands warm for cold days.

I designed some mitten patterns in lots of different sizes for the whole family. It’s a simple curved design with space for the thumbs. I also made the cuff extra tall to help keep them inside the sleeves. My kids always complain about their sleeves coming away from their gloves and mittens!

Free Mitten Sewing Pattern for Fleece

What fabric should I use?

These mittens are designed to be used with a stable knit fabric. A stable knit fabric stretches along the horizontal line, but it does not stretch along the vertical line. Stable knit fabrics are polar fleece, sweatshirt fleece, French terry, and more. Just check the stretch before you sew.

The mittens should be cut so that the horizontal stretch will go around the hand to make them comfortable and snug as it’s being worn.

For the cuff I use rib knit to get a stretchy fabric that has good recovery. My favorite rib knit fabric to use is from Joann Fabrics*.

Free Mitten Sewing Pattern for Fleece

Should I prewash the fabric?

If the fabric has any natural fiber like cotton or rayon, the fabric should be washed before cutting and sewing. Wash and dry hot so that any shrinkage will be removed.

Free Mitten Sewing Pattern for Fleece

What size does the hat pattern come it?

The mitten pattern has lots of different sizes. There’s toddler, child small, child medium, child large, teen, adult small, adult medium, and adult large.

Measure the hand around the knuckles to get the hand circumference. Then measure from the wrist to the tip of the longest finger to get the hand length. Use this to find the closest measurement to choose the right size. Go by the largest measurement (either circumference or length) instead of blending sizes.

mitten measurements

What is a PDF sewing pattern?

A PDF pattern is a sewing pattern designed on the computer and organized so that it can be printed on several letter or A4 size pieces of paper.

I love using PDF sewing patterns because if the pattern gets ruined or if my children or I changed sizes, I can always print it again. It’ll never be destroyed since I have a digital version!

How do you use a PDF sewing pattern?

Open the PDF on a computer and click print. When printing make sure that the scaling is set to 100% or no scaling so that the pattern prints at the correct size.

Free Mitten Sewing Pattern for Fleece

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Free Mitten Sewing Pattern for Fleece

How to Make Fleece Mittens

Supplies

  • Free mitten sewing pattern – get it at the end of the post behind the locked content box
  • 1/3 yard of stable knit fabric like polar fleece (the warmest option), sweatshirt fleece, or French terry
  • 1/4 yard of ribbing or rib knit – my favorite is from Joann Fabrics*
  • Sewing tools
  • Sewing machine

Do you just want the pattern and tutorial as a PDF? Get the pattern and tutorial for just $4. You won’t need to access the internet every time you want to make it. Or get the Pattern Bundle with ALL the PDF tutorials!

mitten sewing pattern supplies

Cut out all the mitten pieces: two back pieces, two upper pieces, two lower pieces, and two cuffs. Make sure that the stretch marked on the pattern is the direction of stretch on the fabric. You want the mittens to stretch around your hand.

cut out the mitten pieces from fleece and the cuff from ribbing

Place the upper and lower pieces right sides together and pin. Match up the sides and the thumb curve. Sew across and around the thumb curve with either a zigzag stitch or a serger. Trim around the thumb curve to reduce bulk.

sew the upper and lower mitten pieces together

Place the front and the back pieces right sides together. Match the top curve, sides, and bottom. The thumb seam allowance should point up towards the curve.

If you are worried about the thumb getting caught in the seam and you pin it into the center of the mitten.

Sew from the bottom, up around the curve, and down the other side with either a zigzag stitch or a serger. Trim around the curve to reduce the bulk.

sew the front and back mitten pieces together

Turn the mittens right side out. Push out the thumb and the curves.

turn the mittens right side out

Fold each cuff in half right sides together matching the side seams. Sew the side seam with a zigzag stitch or a serger.

sew the side seams of the cuffs

Fold the cuff in half with wrong sides together creating a cuff tube. Match up the raw edges of the cuff with the raw edges of the mittens. You’ll have three circle edges all matched together. Stretch the cuff to match and pin all the layers.

Sew around each mitten and cuff with a zigzag stitch or a serger to secure the layers.

You finished!

fold the cuffs wrong sides together. sew the cuffs to the bottom of the mittens.

Get the Free Sewing Pattern here!

If you make something using this sewing project, I’d love to see! Please share it on social media with the hashtag #heatherhandmade and tag me!

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What would you suggest to line mittens with for maximum warmth?

These look really cute and they’d make a great Christmas gift. What are your thoughts on lining them for additional warmth? Would they be bulky with 2 layers of fleece?