It seems to be a new Christmas tradition with me to need to pull together a creative way to give a gift card/cash at the last minute. I find myself in the same position this year and thought I'd share it with Feeling Stitchy readers, too!
These mittens can be left plain or embroidered/embellished in any number of ways: initials, random designs/embroidery stitches, Christmas motifs, etc. A holly motif is included with the mitten template.
Most likely you'll have the materials that you need on hand. Here's what you need to gather:
- 1 sheet of felt
- freezer paper
- embroidery thread
- 4" length of ribbon
- Mitten template
- chalk or other fabric marking tool
Print the mitten template onto freezer paper. Cut out both mitten templates and iron onto the piece of felt. Be careful not to iron for too long--I'm not sure how well non-wool felt holds up to heat. Cut out the mitten piece that will be the back of the holder and remove the freezer paper.
Trace around the front mitten piece. My rotary chalk marker was the only thing I had on hand that left a visible mark on the felt; unfortunately, it also snagged/scuffed the felt.
Mark stitching lines or other motifs on the front of the mitten. I used 4 lines, spaced 1/2" apart for the running stitches I made.
Embroider the motif or design. Then, cut out the mitten front around the outer edge.
Fold the ribbon in half and stitch in place at the inside middle top of the back mitten piece.
Align the top embroidered mitten piece over the back mitten piece. Hand or machine stitch the outside edges together, leaving the top (mitten cuff) edge open.
Insert your gift card or money and hang it on the Christmas tree!