It was when I found out that my son had left a winter item at school for the third time in a week that I felt I was going to snap. This time it was a mitten. A tiny little mitten that was easily buried in the large lost and found box. That’s when I decided it was time to pull back out the DIY mitten clips that I had made for Nick years before.
Easy DIY Mitten Clips – No Sewing Necessary
Do you feel like you’re going to lose your mind if you find out your child forgot something at school again? Are you tired of making the monthly, weekly, daily trip to the lost and found box?
We certainly have gotten to that point this year. It was when we were making multiple trips every week to the lost and found that I realized things were getting out of hand. Nick and I both agreed that it was time to get his mitten clips back out.
When I got them out of our winter gear box though I found that he really needed a fresh pair. After 6 years of wearing them in the snow they were quite dirty and the clips were starting to get a bit rusty. They did their job and worked great though, so I can’t complain.
I had originally made the clips because Nick had been required to have mitten clips for daycare. I had been unable to find any in the stores, so I turned to trusty Google to search for DIY mitten clips. This was back before Pinterest was even an option!
I honestly don’t remember what site I found the instructions on for how to make your own mitten clips. It was 6 years ago, so I guess I’m allowed to be forgetful. What I found though was that DIY mitten clips were beyond easy to make, and you didn’t even need any sewing skills to make them!
I actually like to hand sew, but as a busy working mom quick and easy was exactly what I needed.
Supplies Needed for DIY Mitten Clips
- Wide Width Ribbon (Mine is 7/8 in wide, but an inch wide is great too)
- Suspender Clips (You can buy them in a large pack on Amazon for a really good price. It’s a fabulous deal if you need to make them for multiple kids!)
- Iron on Velcro Squares
- Steam Iron
How to Make Mitten Clips
The first thing you need to do is measure your ribbon length. I like to measure my ribbon out to 7 inches. That gives enough space for the velcro folds while still leaving plenty of length between the clips. You may want to use pinky shears to keep the ribbon from fraying, but I just use regular scissors. The ironed on velcro will keep the ribbon from fraying far even if it does start to fray.
Once you’ve cut both of your ribbon pieces you’re ready to prepare the velcor for ironing. Place one side of the velcro at the end of the ribbon. I find the velcro often shifts a little when I start to iron it on, so I would leave a little space between where you place the velcro and the end of the ribbon.
I like to iron on the velcro at each end and then go back to do the other piece. I’ll attach the two pieces of velcro together and fold the ribbon over to create the right placement. The bar for the clip isn’t very big so you don’t need to create extra space for it.
Once you’ve got the other four velcro piece in place go back and iron all of them on.
When you’re velcro is all ironed on and cooled you can attach the the clips.
You’re done! See how easy those were to make?
Tips for Your DIY Mitten Clips
- Never iron the velcro patch directly. Make sure you’re ironing the ribbon.
- If you have a delicate ribbon you can put some material between it and the iron.
- Follow the ironing directions that come with the iron on velcro, but know that every iron is different and you may need to adjust what it says.
I hope these really easy DIY mitten clips help stop the frustration of lost items. Plus it’ll save you time by reducing your trips to the lost and found to look for a missing mitten. I’m afraid I have no suggestions though for the forgotten hat, snow pants, or the random lost shoe. You’re on your own there!
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