17 Nov 2014
Did you know Riley Blake Designs manufactures Jersey Knit fabric? Our Jersey Knit is soft, sturdy, top quality fabric and comes in a stunning variety of prints and solid colors.
With winter right around the corner, I decided it was time to whip up some Jersey Knit Wrist Warmers - perfect for embellishing and for keeping the cold air out of that little space between the jacket and gloves.
These cute wrist warmers seriously take 5 minutes. If you can cut out a rectangle and sew one seam, you can make these!
With a fun variety of boy and girl prints, these kids were super excited to put these on! Their winter mittens or gloves simply slide on right over the wrist warmers.
The Year of the Ninja print was a hands-down (no pun intended) favorite!
- 1/4 Yard Riley Blake Jersey Knit Fabric
Begin by cutting two 9" x 12" rectangles. This is your starting point, but you will want to customize the width to fit your child's hands. I found these measurements to be roughly accurate:
- Teen - Adult: 8" x 12"
- Tween - Small Teen: 7" x 12"
- Child - 6" x 12"
The first numbers are estimates. The best thing to do is wrap it around your child's wrist. Take that measurement and add 1/2". Once you have your rectangle cut, it is time to sew the sleeve. Fold the sleeve right sides together in half, pinning long edges together.
When sewing with knit, there are several ways to sew seams together. If you have a serger, go ahead and serge your long edges together.
Option #2 is to use your sewing machine's stretch stitch. This works best while also using a walking foot.
The walking foot helps the machine feed the top and bottom layers of fabric through at the same time, creating a smoother seam.
Here you see where I use the stretch stitch with the walking foot on the left, and where I attempted to use the stretch stitch without the walking foot on the right. I only managed to get a few inches sewn without the walking foot - the fabric started bunching and it became difficult to simply sew a straight line.
Another option is to use a narrow zig-zag stitch. You'll want to play around with this on some fabric scraps until you get the width and length you like, but a good place to start is 2.5W x .5L.
Because these sleeves won't take a lot of stretching on this seam, you could also sew a straight stitch. Just be sure to keep a gentle tension/pull on the fabric as you sew. This will help to prevent your stitches from popping.
Here is a visual comparison of the 4 options. Your machine may have more stretch stitches, or you may be fortunate enough to own a cover stitch machine, but for those of you with a very basic machine or serger, these are some good options to start with.
Because we are sewing with Jersey Knit, there is no need to finish the seams. Jersey does not unravel. Once your seam is sewn, you are ready to move on...
After you have sewn up your seams, turn the tube of fabric right side out, laying it so the seam is in the middle, facing down. Measuring about 1" up from the raw edge opening, cut a small slit, about 1" long. This is the thumb opening. If you are making this for a very small child, you may want to make the thumb opening smaller.
For the teens, a simple black wrist warmer is cute.
You can leave them plain, or add a simple bow made from fabric scraps...
And that's really all there is to it - 5 MINUTES! Cut a rectangle, sew up one seam, cut a small thumb opening and voila!