Monday, 27 February 2012

Scratch Mits

My eldest daughter had chicken pox last week and so it won't be long before my little one gets it too.  Within 24hours of breaking out in the spots she had scratched the head of two spots in her sleep.  She is a natural redhead and therefore extremely fair skinned.  I was concerned about her scarring.  I made these scratch mitts from an old t-shirt and thought I'd do a little tutorial for you.  they are made of cotton jersey and don't have any elastic in them so are ideal for children with eczema as well.  they can be worn in bed to prevent damage to the skin by scratching.

I made two versions one from an old t-shirt and one from some cotton jersey I had lying about so apologies that the fabric in the tutorial keeps changing.
Firstly this is what your making. 

Start by tracing around your child's hands leave a gap of about 1cm all around the hands but trace close to their wrists.  Cut these shapes out.
Using a zig zag stitch and jersey needles sew around the outside of mits, as close to the edge as you can.  use thred to match your fabric I used a contrasting colour for demonstration purposes.

Turn right side out and your done.  Embellish if you wish but avoid buttons and trims that could be swallowed, we made this fishy pair using a fabric marker.


  1. That is so cute and definately one for me to remember for the future. I would have to put a thumb hole in one of them tho as charlie is a thumb sucker! Esther x

  2. Yes these little Mitts have been really handy my little one now has the chicken pox - inevitably- so she's getting some wear out of them too.
    A thumb hole shouldn't be too tricky as jersey doesn't fray so you wouldn't have to fiddle about with tiny little hems.