I started tracing the pattern on the sweater to make the mittens when I was struck with an idea. I wondered if it would be possible to make mittens out of Am's old winter jacket. I had already taken the zipper off of it for another project and had been wondering what to do with it.
The short answer to the question is yes, you can make mittens from an old winter coat. However, as near as I can tell it takes more planning than the original sweater mitten project. I got one pair made and here's what I learned along the way.
First of all, don't try to cut through all the layers of fabric at once. The ones closest to the back get all oddly shaped and smaller than you intended. Second, you can fill in where the batting has separated with batting from another part of the jacket. Third, because of the thickness of these your pattern needs to be much larger than for sweater mittens.
The first pair was intended for my 6 year old, who has big hands. It wound up fitting my 5 year old, who has tiny hands. I'm going to try to make one more pair but ultimately I think my original plan of using the sweater is more workable. I'll keep you updated.
Yesterday, I visited The Post Punk Kitchen and discovered some really good recipes. I made French Lentil Soup with Tarragon and Thyme. It was tasty and it used some tarragon that I accidentally bought last year and never opened.