Saturday, November 24, 2018

Vintage Linen Mitten Ornaments

While making my mitten banner from vintage linens, I decided I'd enlarge the mitten pattern and make some individual ornaments.  I love vintage linens and this is a great way to use them, especially if they have stains or holes.  You can still preserve the beauty of the stitching and designs by making small projects with them.

Try to incorporate the pretty edgings as well.  I cut them apart and created the top edge of the mitten with several different ones.  Then make a 'sandwich':  Right sides together of the mitten  front and back (include the band you created on top of the mitten front piece) and on the back add a piece of interfacing to add stability and stiffness to the ornament.

I stitched using a 1/8" seam.  Clip all of the curves. This makes your mitten lay nice and flat.  Turn to outside and press.  Then fold in the top edges, insert your ribbon for hanging, pin and stitch through all thicknesses.

There are lots of ways to embellish the ornament.  I used several medallions of doilies I had cut apart.  You can stitch these on or use hot glue.  To add a little dimension, I kind of 'gathered' up the top medallion then attached it so it stands up a bit.  I have a lot of jewelry I got when my mom passed away that is not 'my style' so this is a wonderful way to use those pieces.  These pieces are all from one very sparkly, large necklace :) which were attached over the medallions with hot glue.  

The rosette was made from a piece of scrap fabric from a tablecloth.  Use a long, basting stitch and stitch the entire length of the piece.  Pull to gather and then roll into a rose.  Stitch the bottom edges to hold it all together.  Then hot glue to the top of the medallion.

You can see you don't need a lot to make these and the possibilities for embellishments are endless!

Don't forget to keep the scraps and edgings and small pieces . . . they can all be used!

This rosette was made from a tiny, tiny piece of a hankie edge no more than 4" long and 1/2" wide.

These are slightly addicting!  They'd make great package decorations or sachets as well as ornaments.
We are expecting our first major snowfall (although these weather people kind of get all 'worked up' sometimes so we'll see!).  Either way, winter is here so time to make the best of it and dream of warm, summer breezes . . .


  1. So sweet! I love the little 'flowers' on their own too....they'd make a pretty brooch (or Christmas ornaments!).

  2. Oh my goodness! How beautiful! I'm very tempted to look through my vintage pieces and see if I have something. The mitten is a great size for this project! You are so talented my friend! Happy holidays!

  3. These are really cute. Hugs to little Hudson.
    Have a great week as we start the fast pace days until Christmas.

  4. These are just charming, Lauren!

  5. What a handy and adorable gift!

  6. What a sweet project. I love my linens, too, and have several that would work well made into something like this. Beautiful!!!! xo Diana

  7. You are soooo talented, my friend! I declare, you could make something beautiful out of anything! I love seeing all of the amazing things you create. God bless you this Christmas season!

  8. Love your sweet mittens! You are very creative and I love all that you come up with.

  9. How my gosh, how I wish I sewed. Why didn't I listen when my mom tried to teach me. These are stunning. I have linens that would work perfectly for this transformation. You are so very clever. Can you rub off on me?

    1. LOL - it's one of the FEW things I learned as a kid that I'm glad I kept up with. I bet you could do this by just using fabric glue. Thanks for visiting Leslie :)

  10. SO CUTE! I always love seeing your beautiful creations, my friend.

    Happy day! Hugs to you


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