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Wednesday, December 14, 2016

A Little House Christmas ~ Red Mitten Garland

It’s such a festive and busy time of the year! Have you had time for any holiday crafts?

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Today I am sharing the super easy red mitten garland I made for our family room tree as well as the larger version created for the backs of the kitchen chairs that you saw on the Christmas Kitchen Tour.

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I was inspired to create this project after finding this ginormous Christmas stocking at an estate sale last summer.

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I had removed the applique pieces on the stocking to create patterns that I used to design a new tree skirt for my living room tree.  

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But needless to say I had TONS of red felt leftover.

Lightbulb moment!

I could create Laura’s red mittens that she received as a Christmas gift.

“In each stocking there was a pair of bright red mittens and there was a long, flat stick of red-and-white-striped peppermint candy, all beautifully notched along each side.”  ~Laura Ingalls Wilder, Little House in the Big Woods, page 74.

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Red felt is pretty easy to find at most craft stores, and even at Wal – Mart in the sewing section.

Here are the two patterns you will need. You can enlarge them to the size you need on your computer.


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Then it is simply a matter of cutting the pattern out. I needed just eight large mittens for the backs of our chairs. Our 7 foot Christmas tree, however, required 100 of the mini mittens to create a garland that would cover the entire tree. 

I put on a Christmas movie classic and enlisted the help of my children. We were finished way before the closing credits.

Note: Smaller children (ages 8 and below) might not have the dexterity required to cut out the mittens.

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Once you have your mittens cut out creating the garland is so easy that even the littlest of children can assist.

Thicker twine and standard clothespins, from the Dollar Store, were selected for the large mittens. The smaller twine and clothespins came from Hobby Lobby. (Use a coupon!)

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Use a simple knot to secure the twine to the back of the chair. Then attach the mittens to the twine with the clothespins.

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For the tree just simply wrap the outside branches of the entire tree in twine ~ much like you would add a string of popcorn.

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Then clip on the mittens, using the clothespins, and space them approximately 10 inches apart from one another.

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I’ll be revealing the tree in all it’s “Little House” glory very soon!

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Did you ever have a pair of red mittens?


Please enjoy all of the other posts in the “Little House” series.


Little House ~ Laura’s Patchwork Napkins


Little House ~ DIY Throw Pillows


Little House ~ Christmas Tree and Decor

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Laura’s Log Cabin Tablecloth DIY

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Laura’s Gingerbread Log Cabin

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Little House Holiday Breakfast

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Little House Christmas Dinner

The Little House on the Prairie Series by Laura Ingalls Wilder, ill. by Garth Williams:

A Little Gift For You


Becoming Laura Costume Challenge

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Little House Pillowcases

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The Homes of Laura Ingalls Wilder


Linking to  Nesting Place


Manu said...

Your mittens are so cute and I do love the garland on the chairs.
Thanks for sharing.

chateau chic said...

Your mitten garlands are adorable, Laura. They add such a cozy touch to your Christmas decor.
Mary Alice

craftyles said...

Such a sweet idea. I love the red mittens. I also love your ruffled tablecloth.Can't wait to see the full tree. Love your ideas!

Katie Mansfield said...

So cute. I love your Little House inspiration. Perfect.

Eilis@MyHeartLivesHere said...

The red mittens give such a cozy touch both on your chairs and on the Christmas tree. I remember loving my mittens, but I can't remember if they were red.

therelishedroost said...

that Is so adorable!!

Celestina Marie said...

Hi Laura, this is such a sweet idea and the mittens looks adorable on the chair backs and great on the tree too. Wonderful use of the red stocking.
Thanks for sharing and always inpsiring. xo

Cecilia Bramhall said...

This is so cute and I love how it ties into the Little House stories. I can't wait to see more. said...

This is such a cute idea! I absolutely love the chairs!

Jeanie said...

what a terrific idea! I love the mitts on the tree but the chairs are just inspired! It is so perfect with the tablecloth, too! Very festive, Laura!