There’s a few tutorials out there for upcycled wrist warmers – this one includes instructions for lining them.
So I had a lovely stripey jumper that I just didn’t wear that often and I thought it was perfect for wrist warmers.
I already have a pair so I used one as a guide for the size. I lined it up and just added extra length on either end to allow for seams.
Next you need to try it on and mark where to sew to make a thumb hole. If you’re going to line them with other fabric you’ll need to allow extra width to account for the extra layer of fabric. I only just added enough, next time I’ll add more.
Also mark with pins down the side of the arm if the jumper is quite roomy. I made it noticeably wider here to allow for the lining fabric. It’s best if you do the pinning with the sleeve on inside out as I had to redo it after I took the photo!
Stitch where you have pinned it. I used the overlocker for the side seam but it really wasn’t necessary. A straight and zig zag stitch is fine. Then snip out the ‘V’ at the top, taking care not to snip the stitches.
Next you need to cut out the lining fabric. This can be a bit of trial and error due to the difference in stretch of each type of fabric. I used microfleece which wasn’t nearly as stretchy as the jumper and the first one I cut out was way too small. To get the measurement right I put the wrist warmer on and measured how wide it was when being worn – hence the difference you can see in the photo. Mark and stitch as you did for the outer fabric.
Next turn the outer fabric the right way out and slide over the lining fabric so the right sides are together. Pin and stitch the raw edges together.
Then turn the lining inside the outer fabric and stitch again about 1cm from the edge.
At the bottom end you will need to turn in approx 1.5cm of both fabrics and stitch them together.
The thumbs are the trickiest part. I cut off about 1cm of the lining and folded the outer fabric inside, covering the rough edge of the lining. I then handstitched the seams.
And there you have it! Lovely, cosy wrist warmers for the winter!