For the template of a mitten I simply hand drew one by placing my hand onto a piece of computer paper and drew around my fingers to make it look like a mitten with the added little lips on the bottom sides. Once you cut out the shape you will trace that onto a solid colored piece of cardstock and then trace another one onto a designer piece of cardstock. The solid is for the backing and I tend to use a sturdy piece of cardstock as it will hold the cocoa better when presented as a gift.
Next you will add your adhesive to the outer layer of the solid cardstock as shown. You can do most of the thumb as nothing will be in that spot and it adds to the sturdy feeling of the mitten.
This is what it will look like before decorated and with the hot cocoa package inside. You can add some stitching to the border if you want here or leave it as is. Marion has a wonderful tutorial on stitching by hand found HERE. I will probably go with a faux stitching on mine as I am limited on time with Christmas just a few days away.
This is the finished product when decorated. I used the adorable Cute Snowman that I stamped onto white cardstock using memento tuxedo black ink. I have colored him with various copic markers that I then layered on to a scallop circle. My ribbon is tied around the bottom with some silver cord and a few little bells.