Introduction

What better way to save a memento from baby’s first Christmas than by using something he or she actually wore that first Christmas? It is easy to upcycle sweet baby mittens into a beautiful holiday decor.

Step 1

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Outline the Embroidery

Use a fabric marker or pen to gently draw out the baby’s initial as an outline so you can hand embroider on the mitten.

Step 2

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Cut and Separate Embroidery Floss

Cut a piece of embroidery floss approximately 30” long. Embroidery floss is usually made up of six separate strings. Separate the floss so that you are only working with three pieces of the string at a time.

Step 3

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Thread and Knot Floss

Thread your needle and make a knot at the other end of the floss.

Step 4

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Start Embroidering

On the inside of your mitten, push the needle through towards the outside, starting on one end of your sketched initial.

Step 5

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Sew from Top to Bottom

Continue going back and forth with your needle, as you cover the entire initial working your way from the top to the bottom.

Step 6

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Repeat Until Complete

Re-thread your needle as you run out of floss and continue until you finish the entire initial.

Step 7

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Finish Embroidery Stitch

Once you have finished covering your initial sketch and embroidered over it completely, tie a knot in the back of the thread to finish and cut off remaining thread.

Step 8

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Add Keepsake Photos

We used photos that were printed out on my home printer. But real photos will work as well. Roll the photos up nice and tight and secure with a small piece of embroidery thread tied around the center to keep in place. Slip photos inside of embroidered mitten.

Step 9

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Add String and Tie

If mittens have a string already attached to them, simply knot the strings together along the top and you are finished. If not, cut a small 10” piece of yarn and secure the ends of the yarn to each mitten with a few stitches back and forth to secure.

Step 10

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Decorate and Share

Now that your keepsake embroidered mittens are complete, they are ready to be the perfect addition to your tree or a sentimental gift for relatives.