We have had a serious lack of winter weather this year. My husband and I were at the beach last week, and it was mostly sunny and in the mid to high 50s. What? I shouldn’t be complaining, but this is January in Oregon and it just isn’t right. I don’t really like to be cold, but I do like to look at it through the windows of my nice, warm house. I probably won’t even get to use my toasty new ice scrapper mitt this year.
Enough of my whining. I’m sure there are many of you out there who can use one of these this year and they’re easy to make, so let’s get started. You’ll need some fleece, an ice scraper (I bought mine at the dollar store), this pattern and some heavy craft floss.
Cut two on the fold, as indicated on the top of the pattern.
Fold each piece with the right sides together and stitch 1/4” from the bottom edge.
Turn right side out and roll the seam between your fingers to flatten it out. Top stitch 1/4” from the seam.
Pin the two pieces together with the outsides facing each other – in my case that’s Woody and Buzz. Make sure you use lots of pins to keep all four layers together. My stitching didn’t catch one layer on my first try, and removing stitches from fleece is no fun at all. Stitch down both sides, leaving the top folds and the bottom seam open.
Turn right side out. Clip the seam at each bottom corner so it pokes out less.
Insert the handle of your ice scraper into the hole at the top. You can use it this way, if you don’t mind having to put it together every time you want to use it.
I wanted the mitt and scraper attached to each other. Mark the spot on the scraper where it’s inserted into the mitt as far as it will go. The shape of your scraper will be a factor in where your holes will have to go. Try to find flat spots that are about 1/4 – 1/2” from the top edge of the mitt. Drill holes.
Insert the scraper back into the mitt and sew through the holes using heavy craft floss, catching both sides of the mitt each time. A large needle is helpful here.
Knot the thread under the fleece. The nice thing about these large stitches is that if the plastic scraper happens to break, you can just clip them and install a new one.
Now you can just reach inside, grab the handle and rid your window of all that ice while your hand stays warm and dry.
If you’re concerned at about this fitting large hands, I had my son try it on and he has some GIANT paws. He had no trouble getting it on, and his hand fit completely inside.
Bring on the cold!