_e7a6968Holiday bath time becomes a puppet show with these seasonal terry mitts. Slip a bar of soap inside for some rub-a-dub cleaning along with the fun.

Finished Size of Project: Snowmen/Reindeer: 6 1/2″ x 9″ (16.51cm x 22.86cm); Tree: 8 1/2″ x 10″ (21.59cm x 25.40cm)

Supplies

Note: Mitts can be made from hand towels with finished hems, or from terry cloth yardage. Supplies are given for using towels. To use yardage, purchase 3/8 yard (34.29cm) terry cloth and you can get multiples from that length. Pre-wash towels or terry to prevent residual shrinkage.

 TIP

Since the mitts will be getting wet during use, be sure to choose only trims and embellishments made of plastic, not metal, and of course, washable felt for accents.

Snowman

  • Coats Dual Duty XP All-Purpose thread in coordinating colors
  • 1 white terry cloth hand towel
  • 1 1/4 yds (1.14m) medium red rickrack
  • 1/2 yd (45.72cm) green grosgrain ribbon, 5/8″ (1.59cm) wide
  • 2 black buttons, 3/4″ (1.91cm) diameter*
  • 1 orange carrot button, 1 1/4″ (3.18cm) long*
  • 5 black buttons, 3/16″ (.48cm) diameter
  • 1 white snowflake, 1 1/4″ (3.18cm) diameter

*Note: These may be sold together as a snowman button set.

 

Reindeer

  • Coats Dual Duty XP All-Purpose thread in coordinating colors
  • 1 brown hand towel
  • 3″ (7.62cm) square white felt
  • 1 light brown felt rectangle, 9″ x 12″ (22.86cm x 30.48cm)
  • 1/2 yd (45.72cm) green grosgrain ribbon, 5/8″ (1.59cm) wide
  • 1 red pompom, 1 1/4″ (3.18cm) diameter
  • 2 black buttons, 7/8″ (2.22cm) diameter
  • Fusible web

Christmas Tree

  • Coats Dual Duty XP All-Purpose thread in coordinating colors
  • 1 green hand towel
  • 10 assorted buttons, less than 1/2″ (1.27cm) diameter
  • 1 yellow star button, 1 1/8″ (2.86cm) diameter
  • 1 yard (.91m) red baby rickrack

Cutting

Snowman

From the towel, cut

1 rectangle 9 1/2″ (24.13cm) tall and 13 1/2″ (34.29cm) wide, using the finished towel hem along the width

Reindeer

From the towel, cut

1 rectangle 9 1/2″ (24.13cm) tall and 13 1/2″ (34.29cm), using the finished towel hem along the width

From the brown felt:

Fold the rectangle in half to 4 1/2″ x 12″ (11.43cm x 30.48cm) and tuck the fusible web between the layers; fuse, following the manufacturer’s instructions. Cut:

2 antlers, using the template provided

From the white felt:

Back the felt with fusible web. Cut:

2 eyes, using the template provided

Christmas Tree

From the green towel, cut:

2 trees, using the template provided and placing it above the finished towel hem

Making the Snowman Mitt

  1. Fold the terry cloth rectangle in half matching the finished lower edges and pin-mark the center line up the height of the rectangle.
  2. On the left hand portion, position the eyes, nose, and mouth as desired. Stitch in place with coordinating thread colors.
  3. Along the lower edge, stitch three rows of rickrack about 3/8″ (.95cm) apart. If the towel has a woven border, use that/those lines as a guide for positioning.
  4. Tie a ribbon bow and sew in place approximately 2″ (5.08cm) to the left of the center line along the rickrack. Stitch the snowflake over the bow center.
  5. Fold the snowman rectangle right sides together, matching the finished lower edges. Stitch up the side and across the top using a 1/4″ (.64cm) seam allowance.
  6. Turn the mitt right side out and press the edges firmly.

TIP: If the toes of your presser foot catch on the looped terry cloth, place a piece of clear tape around them to prevent it.

Making the Reindeer Mitt

  1. Fold the terry cloth rectangle in half matching the finished lower edges and pin-mark the center line up the height of the rectangle.
  2. Position the white felt eyes on the left portion of the mitt rectangle, fuse in place and zigzag the edges. Sew the black buttons at the lower end of each eye.
  3. Sew the red pompom below the eyes to create the nose.
  4. About 1″ (2.54cm) below the nose, use a reverse zigzag stitch to sew a smile with red thread.
  5. Tie a ribbon bow and sew 1 1/4″ (3.18cm) from the lower edge, slightly off center.
  6. Fold the reindeer rectangle right sides together, matching the finished lower edges. Stitch up the side and across the top using a 1/4″ (.64cm) seam allowance.
  7. Turn the mitt right side out and press the edges firmly.
  8. Position the antlers above the eyes at a slight angle and stitch in place along the portion overlapping the terry cloth.

Making the Christmas Tree

  1. Using one terry cloth triangle, sew rickrack swags across the width at a slight angle or curve, depending on the desired appearance.
  2. Sew the assorted buttons in place along the rickrack, keeping them out of the edge seam allowances (1/4 [.64cm]).
  3. Right sides together, position the second triangle over the embellished tree front. Stitch both sides, pivoting at the point.
  4. Turn the mitt right side out, poke out the upper point, and press the edges firmly.
  5. Sew the star on the tree top, extending it slightly beyond the point.

Click here to download the instructions and patterns for the Reindeer and Tree.

About the Author


Linda Griepentrog is a writer, editor and designer who lives in Bend, Oregon with her husband (a long arm quilter) and dog, Frank. She loves all things fabric! Linda also leads fabric shopping tours to Hong Kong. Contact her at gwizdesigns@aol.com.

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