Thursday, July 8, 2010

Mittens in July

Oh how I wish I didn't need these.  But they worked great and I have wanted to make them for a long time.  This was another project that took only a few minutes to create, yet has been on my crafting list for years.  Decades maybe.

These mittens were in my stash.  I picked up a few pairs at Target when they were 48 cents after Christmas.  I thought I would use them to make stuffed zebras or a bunny or a referee or a prisoner or who knows what.  But they were 48 cents and they had a life in them, I just knew it.

They came to life the other night when I needed drug free pain relief.  I am pregnant with our third baby and since I am "of advanced maternal age" I try to take extra care to avoid toxins.  I do this even when I'm not pregnant so I can do things like eat Swedish Fish and drink frozen Cokes without worry.  Welcome to my world people, I can rationalize anything.

I filled the mittens with rice and hand stitched the ends closed.  I didn't feel like threading a needle so I just used a needle from my pin cushion that still had a length of thread attached.  Hence, the mismatched thread.  Who cares about matching thread when you are in pain?

I put them in the microwave for a minute and put one on top of my head and one across my eyes.  Ahhhhh, sweet relief.  Sorry, no photo of that look.

I am linking to YOU:create and if you haven't read
her post from yesterday I highly recommend it.  I am still mulling it over and reaping the benefits.


  1. What a great idea! And I love finding things for 48 cents ( or less!) :) Last year I bought 8 large felt stockings after Christmas that I plan to embellish....I just know they have a purpose! ;)

    And you're so right about Gitz's post yesterday....good stuff!!


  2. I did that with a scarf I didn't use anymore! My husband suffers from migraines, and even though he does take medicine, sometimes it's just not enough. I folded over the scarf and stitched two sides shut with mismatched thread on my sewing machine (talk about not wanting to thread something! LOL!), poured rice in, then hand stitched the end. He used it ALL the time. When it finally had been used and reused, and filled and refilled, I had to make him another one out of a fabric remnant. I made it longer so he could wrap it around the back of his neck. We both love using it!

    By they did I miss that you were pregnant again????? Congratulations!

  3. That's so cool!! What a great idea!

  4. these will work well when frozen too. sometimes you need cold instead of heat to relax muscles, esp. in your back! i do this with a sock and it's magic!

  5. Fantastic idea! I am so sorry you needed to do it - but that's just genius!! :)

  6. You guys are so stinking smart! I might do this for cold compresses...

  7. awesome idea! i wouldn't have thought to use them that way and they're cheap which is even better :)

  8. Fantastic idea! I think I will go try that tonight, lol!


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