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Mittens and More 2020

Due to COVID-19 and in an effort to keep all of those involved in the annual drive, safe Milwaukee PBS decided not to hold the charitable campaign this year. The station has high hopes that the virus will be under control and we’ll be back to keeping hearts, heads and hands warm again next year.

In the meantime, if you have items to donate, you can donate them directly to the list of agencies below.

Thank you for participating in Mittens and More and for helping our community.

Agency NameFirst NameLast NameAgency EmailAgency PhoneRequested Donations
South Milwaukee Human ConcernsDebra DeBoerdebrahcsomilw@gmail.com414-764-5340Items for all ages
Friedens Food PanatriesSophiadirector@friendenspantry.org414-289-6030Items for all ages
MPS - Engleburg SchoolJenniferSchererscherejl@milwaukee.k12.wi.us414-616-5614Items for all ages
Community AdvocatesJeriKavanaughjkavanaugh@communityadvocates.net414-270-2984Items for all ages
La Causa, Inc.BridgetHirthebridgeh@lacausa.org414-316-5503Items for all ages
Sojourner Family Peace CenterCarlaWashingtoncarlaw@familypeacecenter.org414-810-1835Items for all ages
MPS-Franklin ElementaryJamieCrotteaucrotteauj@wawmsd.org414-604-3714Items for all ages
Milwaukee Rescue MissionMeganSamelsonmegan.samelson@milmission.org414-344-2211Items for all ages
Silver Spring Neighborhood CenterNancyRemar Smithnremarsmith@ssnc-milw.org414-463-7950Items for all ages
Three Holy women Parish-Hospitality Crt.LauraHancockhancockl@archmil.org414-271-6577Adult items
The Salavation Army Emergency LodgeLoniFitzgeraldfitzgerald@usc.salvationarmy.org414-265-6360, ext. 143Items for all ages
St. Michael & Rose Literacy ProgramDeoborahLindbergdeborah.lindberg@att.net414-906-0458Items for all ages
Saint AChristineWoodscwoods@sainta.org414-465-5750Items for all ages
True Love Missionary Baptist ChurchOpheliaCarrocarr@truelovembchurch.org414-264-6869Items for all ages
Guest House of MilwaukeeSienaMorrisseysiena@guesthouseofmilwaukee.org414-430-7821Adult men's items
Congregation of the Great SpiritSally LaFountaingreatspirit59@yahoo.com414-672-6989Men's & Women's Items
Pathfinders Lauren Domskildomski@pathfindersmke.org 651-894-4353All items appreciated

Easy Sew Scarves

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For Children:

  • Cut strip of polar fleece 6" wide and 48" long.
  • Fringe ends by cutting approximately 1/4" wide and 1/4" apart and 2" deep.
Optional:
  • Sew a straight stitch or zig-zag stitch 2" from end as a guideline for cutting fringe. The stitching line gives the scarf a "tailored or completed look."


For Young Teen/Adult:

  • Cut strip of polar fleece 9-12" wide and 60" long.
  • Fringe ends by cutting approximately 1/4" wide and 1/4" apart and 2" deep.
Optional:
  • Sew a straight stitch or zig-zag stitch 2" from end as a guideline for cutting fringe. The stitching line gives the scarf a "tailored or completed look."


Pattern and directions by : Debra Kunath, August 2014

Easy Sew Mittens for Children

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One yard of 60" wide polar fleece (36"L x 60"W) can easily be sewn into approximately 9 pair of children's mittens with pattern above.

Supplies to Sew 9 Pair

  • 1 yard polar fleece
  • 3 yards, 1/4" elastic
  • Thread, matching or contrasting
  • Pins
  • Scissors
  • Tape Measure or Sewing Gauge
  • Paper & Pencil
Optional
  • - Wooden Spoon or Wooden Point Turner


Layout/Cutting (Download Pattern)

  • Trace 2 mitten patterns onto paper, and cut out pattern pieces
  • To sew multiple pair of mittens, fold fabric in half
  • Lay pattern pieces as shown
  • Cut first pair of mittens and repeat layout on remaining fabric
  • Cut 4 lengths of elastic, 2 3/4" long for each pair


Sewing Sequence (See Pattern)

  • Place cut mittens on table top with one thumb facing right and the other thumb facing left.
  • Fold the cuff 1/2" back and sew using a zig-zag stitch creating a hem.
  • Place elastic 1 1/2" from the bottom of the hem edge, stretching elastic across to fit width of mitten and sew down using a zig-zag stitch. This is the mitten wrist. Do this with both mitten pieces.
  • Place mittens right sides together (elastic facing out), using a 1/4" seam allowance, begin sewing with a back stitch.


NOTE:

When sewing around the thumb, stop sewing at the 1" pivot point, lift the presser foot, pivot the mitten, lower presser foot, sew a few stitches to the 2nd pivot point, lift the presser foot, pivot the mitten, lower presser foot, sew a few stitches to the 2nd pivot point, lift presser foot, pivot the mitten, lower the presser foot, and continue sewing.

  • Clip inside the curve seam where the top of the thumb curves to avoid a pucker.
  • Turn mitten right side out. If necessary, use the eraser end of a pencil or a wooden point turner to poke the thumb of the mitten right side out.


Pattern and instructions created by Debra A. Kunath, October 2017