Attach mittens to coat sleeves

Ted’s hack could be adapted to store-bought mittens as well:

With Wisconsin’s winter approaching, my wife is knitting mittens for our 3-month-old. The old plan she’s working from has a long string that ties the mittens together and runs through the sleeves of a coat so they can’t be lost. While I like this idea, the hazard of long strings is exactly why federal law bans clothes from having drawstrings anymore. My suggestion: Snip the string at 3 or 4 inches and sew a button on the inside of each coat sleeve! We can tie the string around the button. The mittens won’t fall off the coat yet we can easily whip the mittens off when needed.

There’s something so sad about finding a single lost mitten sitting on the damp sidewalk…and knowing there’s cold little hand out there somewhere. Anyone else have mitten-saving hacks?


  1. says

    We do something similar, except instead of taking the time to sew in a button to the coat we’ve been known to use safety pins. Grandma helps us out by knitting mittens with two, 3 inch strings per mitten so we can also use this hack in the coats that already come with a “mitten loop” sewn in.

  2. Christine says

    I used suspender-like mitten clips into my 30’s – – until I moved somewhere where I didn’t need to wear gloves anymore!!!

  3. wdskmom says

    We bought mitts with little elastics attached that wrap around their wrist like a bracelet. The mitt may fall off but it’s right there. :)

  4. Bootsy says

    I second the mitten clips. They are my all-time favorite hack. I stock up when they are at the Target (<$2 per set). They also work nicely clipped on the back of a hat and coat. Keeps the hat attached when ripped off by small hands.

  5. says

    We are lame, we just train our kids to put their gloves in the correlating pockets so they always have their gloves with them.

  6. says

    Mitten clips were hit or miss once my daughter started school. We bought several pairs of mittens in the same color and style to get the most mileage out of the mittens.

    Now she has a few “fancy” gloves and hat sets (sewn from polarfleece, cheap at 1/4 yard per set) as an incentive to tuck the gloves in the pockets and the hat in the sleeve to prevent loss. I sew a name label in the hats for redundancy but don’t sweat it with the gloves.

  7. Shannon says

    This is a good idea. I sewed a ribbon to my daughters mittens last year, but while in her car seat she got one mitten of & we desperately tearing at the other. The ribbon was keeping then in her coat sleeves which was making her super angry. I had to pull over, undo her coat & remove the mittens & ribbon to restore the peace. a button would have been so much easier!!!

  8. Michael says

    We love the mitten clips. So far the only thing that ensures our 2 1/1 yr old returns from an outing with 2 mittens.

  9. Tracy says

    By the time the snow starts flying in our area of Wisconsin, we have troubles finding mitten clips at our local retail giants – – so we’ve found that those clips that hold your sheets in place work great too. In a pinch they can also be used to hold a napkin napkin in place, making an impromtu bib.

  10. barb says

    At the end of the season, I buy up a bunch of gloves/mittens in the same color at big box stores, and send him to school with two on, and two in the backpack. We lose some, but we always have a match (this is easy with a 7 yr old boy, but would be harder I’m guessing with a girl who is particular about outfits, colors, etc). We’ve gotten end of season gloves for fifty cents a pair.

  11. DQ says

    Around March or April I go to Kmart and get leftover mitten/hat sets for sometimes as cheap as 10 cents a set! My children are so small, so I don’t care what size they are – they’ll eventually fit! Also, the dollar stores around here have those tiny stretchy mittens for $1/2 or 3 pair. I stock up when I see those!

  12. says

    What I want is a hack that tells me how to keep a mitten ON a toddler! :)

    I can keep a mitten on a coat, no problem. But on a toddler that keeps taking them off?


  13. Denise says

    If you select mittens with a long wrist, you can stitch them DIRECTLY to the coat (by hand or machine). Just buy a few pairs. The beauty of this:
    –Never lose mittens (or clips, or elastics)
    –Avoid the dangle and snag problem of ribbons
    –You can wash the coat with the mittens attached (my favorite part)
    –Unlike metal pins or clips, stiches don’t get too hot (from the dryer) or cold

    How? Put the coat and long-wristed mittens on your kid. Pull the mittens OVER the sleeve, and then use a safety pin to attach each mitten to the sleeve UNDER the wrist. (This is so the mittens will hang nicely and not get in the way when they are off the hands.) Then take the coat off your kid and essentially replace the safety pin with stiches.

    (Note: if you use a contrasting color of thread, it will be easier to remove the mittens and attach them to another coat next season.)

    ALSO, for babies/toddlers… you can MAKE warm mittens really easily (I had a hard time finding warm mittens that size). These are thumbless, because they’re easier to make, it’s WAY easier to put thumbless mittens on little hands, and little ones don’t really need the thumbs anyway. Takes about 5 minutes, and you can make enough pairs to attach to each jacket or coat.

    Get some polar fleece, and cut 4 long U-shaped pieces that are a bit wider than the widest part of your child’s hand and 2-3″ longer than the hand. Machine or hand stitch two U’s together for each mitten. Turn each U inside out and you’ve got a pair of thumbless “mittens” with long wrists that you can attach to a coat. You don’t need elastic or ties at the wrist because there will be plenty of overlap with the coat sleeve. (After you’ve checked the fit of your first pair, you can make a paper template and cut more sets of U’s–they’ll go together even faster.)
    –Cheap and easy to make
    –As warm as you want, depending on the fabric you choose
    –Whatever color you want
    –Thumbless mittens are MUCH easier to put on little hands
    –…and never lose the mittens!