Handmade Gift: Easy, No-Knit Monogrammed Mittens
Personalized handmade gifts are always cherished but not everyone knows how to knit or crochet. We'll show you how to use baker's twine to customize store-bought mittens, turning them into an easy-to-craft customized gift.
- knitted or crocheted mittens
- 12-ply bakers twine
- coordinating all-purpose thread
- all-purpose sewing needle
Determine Letter Shape
Place mittens palm-side down on work surface. Take end of bakers twine and form desired letter for monogram. It's best to stick with a simple, scrolling letter style, so it's easy to shape and stitch in place. Note: Leave excess twine uncut to prevent fraying.
Stitch Monogram to Mitten
Thread needle and double knot at end. Slide needle under bakers twine, through mitten and pull thread through, loop around and repeat to stitch twine to mitten. Repeat this stitch, securing twine to mitten to form the letter's shape. If using red thread, try to position stitches on red stripes to hide them. Tip: Make sure stitches aren't too deep, so both sides of mitten aren't sewn together.
Finish Stitching Monogram
Where twine needs to loop, allow it to overlap and stitch both sections of twine together to mitten (Image 1). At the end of letter, trim excess twine and secure the end with several stitches to prevent fraying (Image 2). Repeat process with second mitten (Image 3). Tip: This technique would work great on hats and scarves as well.