Winter is well on it’s way, which mean your kid probably came home from school missing one or both of their mittens again. In today’s post, I’ll show how to make your own mitten strings to keep those mittens and gloves from getting lost.
These mitten strings use suspender clips to easily fasten to the mitten cuffs while the string passes though the sleeves. I added an extra strap that connects to the jacket hanging loop to keep the mittens from been pulled out from one side.
Tools and Materials Needed to make Mitten Strings with Clips
To make these mitten strings with clips, you’ll need the following materials:
- 2 Suspender Clips
- 1 long piece of Webbing or bias tape for the main strap between the cuffs
- 1 short piece of webbing approx 6-8 inches long for the retaining strap.
- Snap Button set
You’ll also need the following tools:
- Sewing machine and thread
- snap button punch and mallet
The punch has a recess in the centre for the stud of the snap button. The base helps keep thing aligned, but it’s not essential.
How to make your own mitten strings:
Thread the webbing though the loops of the suspender straps. Fold the edge over so the raw side is covered and sew together. Repeat for the other end.
Sewing the retaining strap
Find the middle of the webbing between the two clips. Sew the shorter piece of webbing on so it forms an upside down T.
Parts of a snap button
Snap buttons have 2 parts for each side. One part has the prongs that go through the fabric, and the other part is either the socket (part with the hole) or the stud (the raised part that goes into the hole).
Adding the snap button
Place the prong piece on the base.
Push the prongs through the fabric.
Position the second part of the snap button (either the socket or the stud) onto the prong. Carefully place the punch on top and strike firmly with the mallet.
Repeat for the other side of the snap button.
There you have it, a DIY Mitten string with clips and a retaining strap that clips to the hanging loop to keep the mittens centred and in place.