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?