* Christmas Blog Hop: A Mitten 5 Ways *

October 16th, 2011 at 8:00 am

Welcome to the Canadian designers Christmas blog hop. We hope you enjoy all the postings and have fun doing the projects. As I am first, and it is not even Halloween yet, feel free to substitute a pumpkin for a mitten!


For ALL craft projects, you will need freezer paper, fusible appliqué paper, black felt tip pen, fabric for heart appliqué, assorted buttons (3 per mitten).


For each fabric ornament, you will need 2 – 5” squares of beige/light brown fabric, 2 – 5’’ squares of quilt batting, black embroidery thread, green embroidery thread DMC 500.

Trace mitten shape onto freezer paper, cut-out. Iron onto fabric and cut along edge of template. Repeat for desired number of mittens.

  1. From quilt batting, cut out 2 mitten shapes for each mitten.
  2. Trace heart shape onto fusible appliqué paper. Iron onto wrong side of desired fabric. Cut out and fuse onto mitten shape.
  3. a) Use 1 strand black embroidery thread and stitch decorative stitches over edges of heart.   XXXXX  or / // \\\ \  OR…
    b) Draw decorative stitches over edges of heart with black felt tip pen.
  4. Stitch 3 buttons to mitten front.
  5. Sandwich 2 layers of batting between the 2 fabric mitten shapes. Pin. With 3 strands of green embroidery thread, buttonhole stitch around edge of mitten. Add hanging string. (See www.frecklescollection.com for buttonhole stitch description).



For each ornament, you will need 2-5” squares of med. brown wool, 2-5” squares of quilt batting (optional), black embroidery thread, green embroidery thread DMC 500. See steps 1-6 of fabric ornaments but use only decorative stitches of 3a.


For each gift tag, you will need 1-5” square of heavy brown paper (Kraft or recycled from grocery bags), serrated craft scissors or old pinking shears, craft glue, raffia or ribbon.

  1. Use the same freezer paper mitten template as in the ornaments and iron onto heavy brown paper (Kraft or recycled grocery bags). Use craft scissors or old pinking shears to cut out mitten. Peel off freezer paper and re-use.
  2. For heart appliqué, follow step 3 of fabric ornaments. Draw stitches over edges of heart and running stitch along edge of mitten with black felt tip pen.
  3. Place 3 buttons on tag with hot glue gun or craft glue.
  4. Write the “greeting” on tag with black felt tip pen.
  5. Punch a hole in top corner. Thread a piece of raffia or ribbon through the hole for a hang-tie.



For each gift bag, you will need a brown paper lunch bag, 1 – 6” square of fabric for mitten, raffia.

  1. Trace mitten shape onto fusible appliqué paper, cut out and iron on back of mitten fabric. Fuse in place on “good side” of paper bag. Trace, cut out and fuse heart onto mitten.
  2. Draw decorative stitches over edges of heart and running stitches along outside edge of mitten with black felt tip pen.
  3. Glue on buttons.
  4. Fold over top edge of bag two times. Punch 2 holes in centre of fold and tie raffia into a bow.


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2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup chopped pecans, toasted
¼ tsp. salt
1 cup butter or margarine, softened
½ cup firmly packed brown sugar


1½ cups sifted confectioner’s sugar
3 tbsps. butter, softened
1 tbsp. + 1 tsp. milk
1 tbsp. vanilla extract
Ivory, brown, red, juniper green paste food colouring

For cookies, process flour, pecans and salt in a food processor until mixture becomes a fine powder. In a large bowl, cream butter and brown sugar until fluffy. Add dry ingredients to creamed mixture; stir until a soft dough forms. Divide dough in half and wrap in plastic wrap; chill 4 hours.

Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Trace pattern onto a piece of clear acetate; cut out. On a lightly floured surface, use a floured rolling pin to roll out half of dough to ¼” thickness. Place pattern on dough and use a sharp knife to cut out cookies. Transfer to a greased baking sheet. Bake 17 to 20 minutes or until bottoms are lightly browned. Cool cookies on baking sheet 3 minutes; transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Repeat with remaining dough.

For icing, combine confectioner’s sugar, butter, milk and vanilla in a small bowl; beat until smooth. Place ¼ cup icing in a small bowl; tint beige using ivory and brown food coloring. Ice mittens with a smooth finish of beige icing.

  1. Divide remaining icing between 2 small bowls; tint 1 bowl with red food colouring and the remaining bowl with green food coloring. Spoon icings into pastry bags fitted with small round tips. Pipe cuffs, hearts, and “blanket stitch” onto cookies. Use very small round tips to pipe lines and dots onto hearts. Pipe a circle of icing and fill in circle for each “button.” Pipe icing onto top of each button for “thread.” OR…
  2. Shake red and/or green sprinkles on mittens when icing is still wet.

Allow icing to harden. Store in an airtight container in a single layer.

Yield: about 1½ dozen cookies.

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Yay, 35 friends commented!

  1. Torry Sullivan shares:

    Love this pattern and the whole idea…looking forward to more in coming weeks!

  2. Cheryl shares:

    Love your pattern and your CUTE cookies, Dougal! You’ve set the bar pretty high for the rest of us!

  3. Helen Bannerman shares:

    please add m to your e-mail list.
    thank you helen

  4. marjorie shares:

    These mittens are cute. Makes me think I need to make up some travel projects and these would be great to work on while waiting in airports.

  5. nancy in IN shares:

    Mittens are really cute. Thanks

  6. faye shares:

    HiThe mittens are great-can’t wait to try them and the cookies
    Faye (nova Scotia)

  7. Sandi H/ shares:

    Nicely done Dougal, can’t wait to see what your fellow designers come up with.

    The cookies look yummy Thanks for getting this off to a nice start.

    Sandi in New Westminster B.C.

  8. Donna Bertrand shares:

    Very sweet…thanks Dougal!

  9. Donna Bertrand shares:

    Very sweet , Dougal..thanks for sharing..

  10. Elizabeth shares:

    Thank so MUCH for the pattern and the recipe. I am a recipe fanatic. I love baking and quilting. It is a real stress reliever. Thanks Again Elizabeth

  11. Terry van der Est shares:

    Very cute. I look forward to trying one of these projects. I love the cookies

  12. Evelene Sterling shares:

    Those are adorable, and I know just the person to make these for Christmas. Thanks for sharing the pattern and the great recipe!

  13. Lynn shares:

    Great pattern

  14. France Barrette shares:

    What say’s “Made with Love” better than these cute little mittens?
    France (Toronto)

  15. Deborah shares:

    I’ve made these ornaments a long time ago, but I love all the extra things you added. I think I’ll be making some for my family this year and using a purple heart in honor of my mother that passed away from pancreatic cancer this year. Thank you.

  16. Brenda shares:

    Beautiful, I think I will make those for our Guild Auction
    Thank you

  17. Cindi shares:

    Too cute! Thanks for sharing. This is my favorite time of year, so many people sharing wonderful gift ideas. Gotta get busy for the holidays.

  18. DianeH shares:

    Wonderful start to the hop – great projects.
    I’d love one of those cookies, right now!

  19. Donna Joy shares:

    Blanket stitch and buttons love the mitts, great project thanks for sharing.

  20. Lesley shares:

    What a wonderful project and the cookies look yummy! Will continue to follow your Canadian Christmas Blog Hop from Nova Scotia!

  21. nancy in IN shares:

    So much fun for the grands to make and decorate. Thanks

  22. Shirley in Canada shares:

    Thank you for the pattern and cookies!! Great take-along gift to make in the wool!

  23. Shelley C shares:

    Love a totally themed look! Mittens transend the generations.

  24. Ann R shares:

    The cookies look yummy and the mittens are adorable.

  25. Jean in Oregon shares:

    What a fun, great idea for we that are unable to travel.
    Needed a great idea for gift cards holders for family and cookies will make them for the quilt group when we meet.

  26. Sharon shares:

    I love the Mittens and all of your ideas…my two favorite winter things are mittens and snowmen!

  27. Alice Happe shares:

    Thanks for sharing your adorable gifts and recipe.
    Will make the cookies for next weeks guild meeting and
    stocking as a gift to member in our ornament exchange.

  28. kaholly shares:

    Greetings from Cape Breton. How clever – all of your mitten ideas!! Esp. the cookies – YUM! I am having a little give-away on my blog featuring a Nova Scotia pattern designer. If you have a few extra minutes, swing by!! Thanks, karen

  29. wendy langille shares:

    Greetings from North Bay Ont. I have a question about the quilt you laid the adorable mittens on to photograph. Is it a courthouse steps and would you show us a pic of it and give the strip widths? Love the mittens and recipe.

  30. admin shares:

    The background quilt is the courthouse steps pattern and was made many years ago. I think they are 1.5″ strips. I am in Maui so can’t give you further info right now. The bright red, green and white doesn’t fit my decor anymore. I hate to say but I use it for the cat at Christmas. I also use it to wrap heated food or the turkeywhen taking dishes to ? I don’t worry about throwing it in the washing machine as the red and green have already run. I even tea-dyed it try tone down the white. Didn’t work. If you want to send me your email I can send you a picture.

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  32. Ethel Snow shares:

    Thanks for the in-scale pattern. Love the possibilities especially the cookies. Ethel

  33. Verna shares:

    Thank you so much for the pattern. this is my first time here, and am quite excited to meet fellow Canadians with such great talents!
    Merry Christmas
    from the east coast

  34. Verna shares:

    Thank you for the recipe, too, the cookies look pretty yummy, too!

  35. Verdie Odin shares:

    Are plastic bags really environmentally friendly?

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