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Smitten With Mittens

Pretty simple hands for cloth dolls

Smitten With Mittens

If you’ve tried your “hand” at cloth doll making, I’m sure you’ve seen different ways of making hands.  

Let’s talk about the kind of hands that have all the fingers sewn together like mittens.  They’re not just for beginners!

Often cloth doll patterns offer “advanced” and “beginner” hands for the same doll- advanced being those with five fingers which need to be turned carefully and skillfully.  The “beginner” patterns are plain old mittens.  That leads you to believe that to make a more beautiful and realistic hand, you need to make the fingers separate (which can be a royal pain).  After years of subscribing to that theory, I’ve changed my mind.  I think the “mitten” type hands can be more elegant and realistic.

Mitten hands are basically just a stump with the thumb sewn on separately.


Simple mittens look great to me.  They can be easier than individual fingers, which require turning and stuffing with pipe cleaners.   If you use a needle and thread to make the stitches instead of a machine, it can be very relaxing, too.  I don’t think they are for beginners at all!


Thanks for reading, and have a dollightful day!


  • April 21, 2015

    What kind of fabric are you using for the hands? I think they are lovely.

  • April 21, 2015

    Thanks for your comment!
    The fabric I used is by Robert Kaufman. Most fabric shops will have solid colors. Look for one that has a skin tone.

    You've inspired me to post something about fabric in the future. I'll try to whip something up in the near future! 🙂
    Happy dolling and thank you for visiting my blog!

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