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.

Red Personalized Mittens and White Wrapped Christmas Gift

Red Monogrammed Mittens

Knit accessories are always a popular handmade holiday gift — but what if you can't knit or crochet? Then these personalized mittens are right up your alley — just stitch baker's twine initials onto readymade mittens, a scarf or hat for a personalized gift to keep them toasty warm all winter long. Get crafting with our step-by-step instructions.

Photo by: Marian Parsons

Marian Parsons

Materials Needed:

  • knitted or crocheted mittens
  • 12-ply bakers twine
  • coordinating all-purpose thread
  • scissors
  • 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.

Adding Monogram to Mittens

Adding Monogram to Red Mittens

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.

Adding Monogram to Red Mitten

Adding Baker's Twine Monogram to Red 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.

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