Long Sleeved Running Mittens – super warm and DIY!

I’m really lucky. I live in the south, so we haven’t been hit so hard by the vortex. There’s no snow obstructing the sidewalks, no slush to freeze my toes, and no ice for me to slip on. But it is really really cold. And windy. Even so, I’ll take winter running over spring running anytime. In the winter, I can actually see where I’m going because my eyes aren’t clouded by an allergy mist.

One thing that I don’t like about winter running is having to decide about that one last layer. Adding one layer will mean my torso will too warm, but my arms will be fine. Skipping the layer means my torso will be fine, but my arms will be too cold. This is why people invented running sleeves. However, unless you’re a pro, I think that running sleeves make people’s arms look like fat sausages. Not a good look for me.

I had this cool sweater that I got at Plato’s Closet, but I only got to wear it twice before BGE shrunk it by mistake. Not all was lost, because I got to make these sweet mitten sleeves ….yes, sleeves that are mittens! They are a little larger than needed, because I wanted to be able to wear them over my jacket. That way, I could put them on and take them off without any fuss.  I also included a little opening in one of the palms so I could have some free fingers, or peel back the sleeve to start and stop my Garmin. Since they are made out of a wool sweater, they are very warm.

These were so easy to make. You’ll be warm on the trail in no time! All you need is an old wool sweater. Here’s how to do it.

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1. Turn the sweater inside out and lay it down on a flat surface. Place your hand on the sweater. Your thumb should be in the armpit
2. Once you have a general idea of where your hand goes, trace around it with a marker (red line). Once you’ve traced, cut a large semicircle around the area (dotted black line). 

3. Sew along where you’ve marked it. (blue line)
4. Cut away excess fabric, leaving about 1/4 of an inch. (dotted green line) Optional: to make your gloves more durable, zig-zag stitch along the raw ends of the fabric. 

5. Slip your arm inside the sleeve to try it on. You want some excess fabric, so that you can wear it over your jacket. But you don’t want TONS of excess, because it’ll be annoyingly baggy. About an inch of excess should do it. Mark your excess. (red line again)
6. Sew and cut again.

Repeat Steps 1-6 with the opposite hand.

Now you want to make your palm slit.

Try on the glove. On the left hand, or whatever hand you wear your watch, make a slit across the palm. You can leave it there if you want, and the gloves would be wearable. However, I wanted to add a few extra touches.  These next steps are totally optional. Again, click each photo to enlarge

1. Take a small piece of fabric, about 3.5 inches high. The width varies, it depends on the width of your slit. You want it to be slightly longer than the slit.  BlueDetail 1

2. Fold the corners of the fabric inward, as shown (click to enlarge)







3. Fold the fabric in half as shown. (fold lengthwise)

4. Unfold it, then fold each corner in to make a little peak, as shown. 
5. Sandwich the raw end of the glove slit between the blue fabric. Pin.







6. Zigzag stitch the fabric to the mitten.

7. Whew! You’re almost done. You want to make a little flap to tuck into the upper part of the slit. Cut a small piece of what’s left of the sweater and then stitch it to the bottom half of the slit. If you want, you can sew up the sides of the slit a little too. As you can see, I sewed the flap on first and then cut it to size after I saw how it fit.

YOU’RE DONE! Now bundle up and go for that run.

When it’s cold out, I love coming back from a run and curling up in the recliner with some hot tea.