I can remember when the only thing keeping me from going outside during the winter was the inability to find one of my mittens. Now I have a giant basket that sits next to the front door and it is filled to the brim with hats, mittens, and scarves. As a child, my mother had a couple of different ways she tried to keep my mittens paired together. I used these with my child as well and even came up with a couple of additional methods. Hopefully these ideas will help you save the mittens from being lost this winter!
Clip Mittens Directly to the Coat
My mother used to attach my mittens directly to my coat with diaper pins that had giant yellow duck heads on them. The only downfall to this was the poke I’d receive in the wrist if the diaper pin came open while I was rolling around in the snow. I’ve seen those little bits of elastic with a metal clip at each end that seem like they’d be a lot safer for small rambunctious children.
Connect Mittens with Yarn
If you can knit or crochet a pair of mittens, it’s very easy to create a chain out of yarn to connect one mitten to the other. Make the string long enough to run through the child’s jacket and allow the mittens to be worn comfortably. You can also purchase mittens with this feature already in place, so you don’t have to know how to crochet or knit at all!
Sew Mittens to Ribbon
This mitten-joining method follows along the same lines as the crocheted version where the two mittens are attached together. Use sturdy ribbon that is a half-inch to ¾ inch wide. You’ll need enough ribbon to run up the inside of one sleeve of the child’s coat, across the back, and down into the other sleeve. There should be about 4 inches of extra ribbon hanging out of each sleeve. This extra bit of ribbon enables the mittens to be put on and taken off with ease, but to also keep them from ending up on the ground. You can sew each mitten directly to the ends of the ribbon.
Use Buttons to Attach Mittens
There are a couple of ways buttons can be used to keep track of both mittens. A button can be sewn directly to the coat sleeve and a loop of material or yarn can be sewn onto the glove. This allows you to fasten the mitten onto the coat. A second option is to sew a button onto the inside of a coat sleeve and attach a piece of yarn, string, or ribbon to each mitten. You can then wind the string around the button so the mittens stay in place. This technique generally works best for babies. An older child might decide to unwind the string, which would defeat the purpose of sewing the button and string on in the first place.
Choose what Works Best for your Child
Check out what resources you already have available and see what will work best for your child’s needs. Sometimes one method won’t work, but another will. There are plenty of ways you can save the mittens this winter. Be creative!
How do you plan to keep your child’s mittens, or yours, from getting lost this winter?