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A Winter Craft Inspired by ‘The Mitten’

My daughters and I love Jan Brett’s books. One of our favorite winter books is The Mitten, which tells the story of a boy who looses one of his snow white mittens on a snowy winter day. Many rather large animals squeeze their way in the mitten, seeking warmth. On Jan Brett’s home page you can find many sweet printables and activity ideas. One is ‘Put the Animals in the Mitten’ and includes a mitten to print and all of the animals to fit inside. I printed off the animals but had a sewing project in mind for my 6 year old. Maybe you’d like to make one with (or for) your little ones, too.
Using wool felt I generously traced around her hand, cut out the pieces and pinned them together. I placed the first needle on the outside of the hand, several inches up from the opening to mark where she would begin sewing. You want to be sure there is plenty of room to fit the animals inside. Then we cut a piece of embroidery floss and she whip stitched the little mitten together. It’s great chance to practice hand sewing skills!

In the picture below you can see where I placed her starting pin and then she sewed all the way to the opening on the other side.

While she sewed her younger sister colored the animals from the coloring page. When she finished coloring I glued the whole sheet to a piece of paper board. I save them out from various purchased items but if you don’t have any you could always use a cereal type box. Once it dried I cut all of them out.

As the girls filled their mitten full of animals we sang a little song that I found here;

The Mitten
(Tune: The Farmer in the Dell)

The mitten on the ground,
The mitten on the ground,
Heigh-ho! It’s cold outside,
The mitten on the ground.
The (mole) snuggles in,
The (mole) snuggles in,
Heigh-ho! It’s cold outside,
The (mole) snuggles in.
(After the last animal, all pretend to sneeze and fall out of the mitten.)
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Julie Hunter is a wife and mama, raising 3 spirited girls, two babydoll sheep, angora rabbits and a gaggle of chickens and ducks in the North Carolina Foothills. She spends her days at home, crafting with her children, homeschooling, taking long gathering walks in the woods and knitting Waldorf-inspired toys. You can find her blogging and keeping shop at This Cosy Life.

7 thoughts on “A Winter Craft Inspired by ‘The Mitten’

  1. what a lovely idea and such a great activity for all to join in with. I have never seen this story but it looks lovely. Thanks for sharing xx

    1. Oh, it’s a wonderful story! It’s based on a Ukrainian folk tale. There are several different versions. We haven’t read them, though, but I’m sure they’re worth checking out. When you search ‘The Mitten’ on Amazon they also come up in the search. Jan Brett’s really has gorgeous illustrations.

  2. Kelly of Muddyfeet has a lovely collection of felt toys that follow this story! Great to reenact the story –
    Beccijo of The Enchanted Cupboard

    1. Thanks for mentioning my “Mitten” animal set, Beccijo!

  3. I have always loved that book! The drawings are amazing. Great way to get the kids started on sewing!!!

  4. I love this story too! I had never thought to turn it into a sewing project – what a great idea!

  5. Obviously, one of the best activity for you and your children. I always believe that’s its very important to consider to organize a bonding moment with the kids no matter how busy we are. Teaching them to do simple yet valuable activity would really mean a lot. Thanks for sharing!

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