It didn't take long for me to learn that if a Michigander held up their right hand and pointed with their left, they were from Lower Michigan. If they held their left hand up sideways and pointed with their right, they were from the Upper Peninsula. The pointing finger told you exactly where. It's actually kind of brilliant, but not until the clueless girl from California was keyed in on the mitten situation.
Michigan was on my list to meet my goal of creating at least two crafts per state. Mittens seemed like a natural choice. My first thought was that it would be awesome to turn a Michigan baby's first pair of mittens into a darling Christmas tree ornament. I don't have a Michigan baby's first mittens, so I used felt. Affiliate links below.
Michigan Love Mitten Ornament
- mittens (the kind with thumbs) from a Michigan baby.... or felt
- coordinating thread
- embroidery floss
If you have mittens, skip this step. Otherwise, cut mitten shapes from felt. You will need four identical pieces. Cut one small heart from the scraps.
If you have mittens, stitch a heart on one of the mittens in the location of your hometown. If you're using felt, sew the heart to your hometown. I chose the capital, Lansing, for my sample. We really enjoyed our brief time there.
If you have mittens, skip this step. Sew two pieces of felt together, leaving a hole at the bottom like a regular mitten would have. Do the same for the other two pieces of felt.
Add Poly-fil to both mittens, pushing some into the thumbs. Stitch across the bottom to seal the stuffed mittens.
Arrange the mittens to mimic the shape of Michigan. Be sure the heart is facing toward the front. Sew the Upper Peninsula mitten to the Lower Michigan mitten. Add a loop of embroidery floss to the thumb of the Upper Peninsula mitten.
This makes me want to return to Michigan to explore the