The girls and I were at the Ogden Nature Center for a cute little preschool class on the water cycle and heard about this class on Recycled Wool Mittens. I signed up and went last night.
Basically you need a couple shrunken wool sweaters (to close the fibers), some polar fleece, and fun button embellishments and you can sew yourself some handy dandy mittens. The exterior shell is made from the wool sweaters and the interior shell is made from polar fleece (oh so soft and warm). You can find sweaters at thrift stores, your closet, or garage sales. Joanne's just had an awesome sale on polar fleece and I am sure you can round up buttons just about at any craft store or junk drawer in your home. If you would like to watch the demo go to http://studio5.ksl.com/?sid=4456414&nid=61.
***The pattern on the website is set for adults (though I had to measure it against my hand and add a few inches on length). To make children sizes just use a copier and print at 80%, 60%, or 40% depending on the child's sized hand. Katelyn (nearly 4) can wear the 80% printout but it will probably fit her until she is 10.
Katelyn sporting her new mittens:
Adult (blue stripe), Child's (soft grey)
Video link from KSL (Jenny taught my class at the ONC):