Make-a-thon Preview: the 100 Mitten Challenge

Leading up to our 24-hour fundraiser in support of the Mother Teresa High School robotics team and the MakerBus, we are previewing some of the projects you’ll see during the Make-a-thon. Today we’re previewing MakerBus Co-Founder Kim Martin’s attempt to make 100 mittens in one day.

Kim and a number of supportive friends hope to collect enough unwanted sweaters to make 100 pairs of upcycled sweater mittens, half of which will be donated to My Sister’s Place, a local not-for-profit that supports women facing homelessness.

Their design will be based upon this tutorial: http://www.instructables.com/id/Fleece-Lined-Upcycled-Woolicious-Mittens/, but Kim is planning on putting a special MakerBus twist on some of the mittens – using conductive thread she’s planning on making the mittens smart-phone friendly, meaning that people will still be able to use their devices without exposing their hands to the icy winter weather.

To achieve this goal, we are asking people with unwanted sweaters to donate them to a good cause. If you have an unwanted sweater, email us or tweet at us (@DHMakeBus) and we will be more than happy to collect it from you. Please tell your friends that we’re in need of used sweaters.

Together we can help Kim achieve her goal of making 100 mittens in 24 hours.

If you want to participate in the Make-a-thon and work on your own creative project (or help us with one of ours), send us an email. We’re always looking for creative people to collaborate with. Also think about donating to the Make-a-thon. Proceeds go towards sending a high school robotics team to the FIRST Robotics Regional Competition and to supporting the 2015 programming on the MakerBus.

-MakerBus

Twitter: @DHMakerBus

Facebook: /dhmakerbus

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