You can easily add lining to my Tova mittens. I explain the simple way of sewing lining on the mittens in the instructions that come with the sewing pattern. But we all love to learn some next level sewing techniques, right?
So in this tutorial, I’ll show you how to add a lining with no visible seam allowance, inspired by the bagging methods used in the garment industry (sometimes also referred to as a burrito method).
The great thing about this method is that it hides the seam allowance at the cuffs, making sure the mittens are totally rub-free, which we all love I’m sure!
Tutorial: Sewing lining on a pair of mittens
1. Mark two notches at the tip of the lining pieces for the glove pieces
The distance should be around 2.5 cm/1 inches. This will be the opening.
2. Stitch together the front and back pieces of the lining,
Stop at the notches
3. Stitch the outer mittens and the cuffs
Now you have all three pieces ready for assembly
4. Pull the cuff over the mittens
The right sides of the mittens and cuffs should be facing each other
5. Pull the lining over the mittens
The wrong side of the lining should face outwards
6. Stitch together the lining, cuffs and outer mittens
7. Pull the outer mittens through the opening of the lining
This where the magic happens, trust me!
8. The lining, ready to be closed
Option 1. Slip-stitch the lining by hand
This the most discreet way, and provides a beautiful result.
Option 2. Machine stitch over the opening.
Fold in the edges and then stitch close to the edge, using a narrow zigzag stitch.
9. Push in the lining
Make sure the lining also goes inside the thumb
Tack stitches at the tip of the thumb and at the lower edge of the mittens to keep the lining in place (optional)
The finished lined Tova Mittens. Hope you liked this more advanced way to add a lining, which I totally think could be worth the extra effort if you want your inside to look as nice as the outside.
And if you are a knitter, do you think this method could work on knitted mittens too?