Woman who made Bernie Sanders' viral inauguration mittens says they're not for sale

Jen Ellis is a second grade teacher from Vermont.

The mittens that made such a splash were handmade by Jen Ellis, a second grade teacher from Vermont, who gave the fleece-lined winter accessories to Sanders in 2016.

"I take wool sweaters that would otherwise be thrown away, cut them up, piece them together -- and I line them with fleece," Ellis told "Good Morning America" of the recycled materials.

Her eco-friendly wool mittens first made their debut with Sen. Sanders out on the campaign trail five years ago.

Ellis said "I was just so flattered" when "something that I made in my craft room with the sewing machine my mom gave to me when I was 12 made it to the national stage."

Since the viral meme exploded in popularity, Ellis has received 12,000 inquiries, and while she was honored to represent Vermont on Inauguration Day, she said more mittens are not for sale.

"There were my mittens -- which were a statement too -- a little shout out to Vermont, a shout out to ordinary people who get up every day and might have cold hands and put on a pair of mittens right, that's who we are," Ellis said.

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