No surprise, Phoebe's sloth mittens were too small for her this fall when I dumped out the boxes of kid winter stuff and checked. Sidenote: one of my biggest thrifty tips is thinking ahead to what you will need and then having the time to find it at a time/place/price that is good for you! So as one season is ending or a holiday is getting closer, I am taking a little time to look at my supplies and think.
So, I thought Phoebe and I would have fun picking out new fleece for mittens, but on the morning that we could run to the nearest fabric store (JoAnn's - ugh), she was dragging her feet about running errands. I delved into my little box of fleece scraps just in case and you know what? I found enough scraps that suited Phoebe and her new winter coat!
The purple plaid is actually a beautiful, fine merino wool from a scarf my friend gave me after her dog chewed on one end; she was hoping I could use it to make something. I did, Stephanie! The teal fleece is just regular polyester fleece left over from something.
From last year's experience, I put elastic in the wrists. I made casings from red fleece bias binding - scraps from the Christmas stockings.
Phoebe likes the mittens and wears them and that, I tell you, is Something. She has strong opinions on her clothes, and I navigate carefully to teach her dressing well and also respect her opinion. I am not the parent who lets the kids wear whatever they want.
The pictures of her on the porch in her winter coat show that she paired a red striped shirt and navy striped leggings - I suggested the denim jumper and red socks. Success!
This outfit is a combined effort: she put the short-sleeved dress and leggings together, I made sure she had a navy cardi and pink socks and bypassed the flowered sneakers. I think the splashy roses look good together! Wonder what other combinations we will cook up together. . .