Introduction: Fingerless Gloves With Handwarmer Pocket

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I've been thinking about entering the Sew Warm contest for awhile but couldn't decide on a project.  This idea came from my son and I thought it would be fun.  These are fingerless gloves but with a pocket sewn in so you can insert a little handwarmer.  They can be worn with the pocket on the back of your hand or switch them around and the warmer will be in your palm.

Step 1: Gathering Supplies

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You will need

1/2 yard fleece - less if you don't want them up to your elbows
paper to draw your pattern
sewing machine
2 buttons
hand warmers so you can make your pocket to size 

The pocket for these "Hotties" was 3" x 4" but a different brand may be a different size.

Step 2: Drawing the Pattern

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Any kind of paper can be used to draw a pattern.  I like using newspaper because it's so big.
Lay your hand out on the paper keeping fingers together and your thumb spread.
Draw a line around your hand allowing extra space to allow for a seam allowance.  
You can make these as long or short as you like, I like them long.
Obviously I can't draw a straight line but that can be fixed before cutting them out.

Step 3: Cutting Out the Pieces

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Fold the fabric in half and lay out smooth on a table.  The fabric had a little one way stretch to it so I laid out my pieces so the fabric would stretch around my  hand.
Lay the glove pattern on the fabric, pin, and cut out.  
Do this twice since you'll need two gloves.  
I cut out a 3" by 4" rectangle for the pocket and designed a little flap for the pocket.
The flap is 3" wide by 2 3/4" long and I cut the corners at an angle but you can cut them any way you want.  
You'll need 2 pockets and 2 pocket flaps.

Step 4: Sewing the Pocket and Flap

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Lay the pocket out on the glove and sew with a zigzag.  This fleece won't unravel but I like the closely stitched zigzag gives it a more finished look.
Sew the buttonhole into the flap.
When sewing on the pocket flap leave a little space between it and the pocket which will make it easier to slip in the handwarmer.
Zigzag across the top of the flap to sew it in place.
Also, remember to lay out your gloves with the thumbs facing each other so you don't end up with one pocket on your palm and the other on the back of your hand - unless you want them like that which is perfectly fine since you are custom making them for you or a loved one.

Step 5: TA DA!!

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There you have it - your fingers are free to work and your hand is toasty warm.


ticiat (author)2015-11-16 could i pay you to make these for me? Im a MailLady and these would definitely come in handy.

MichelleK103 (author)ticiat2016-10-03

Oooh! You gave me a wonderful idea for my mail ladies!!

Penolopy Bulnick (author)2013-01-16

I just love how wonderfully warm these look :) You should enter this into the Holiday Gifts Contest!

What a great idea! I hadn't thought of that, I entered leg warmers but now I'm going to enter these too :-)


dgonzales8 (author)2013-01-06

Love this

jputnam2 (author)dgonzales82013-01-16


jputnam2 (author)2012-12-04

I love staying warm too! The older I get the more I like to be warm and cozy. I had never used the little warmers before and it turns out once the bag is opened they start heating up even if you don't do all the shaking and squeezing they tell you is necessary because they are air activated. I had warm cozy hands yesterday when I was making the gloves but at least they are cheap.

HollyMann (author)2012-12-04

Awesome! I was thinking of making some of these and/or some small little rice filled hearts or shapes of sorts for just grabbing on the go - I love anything to do with staying warm!!!

Moose Stash (author)2012-12-04

I could have used these when I worked on the dairies in Idaho!

jputnam2 (author)2012-12-04

If I use a heavy duty needle made for denim or upholstery fabric I can manage to sew through some pretty heavy stuff, even with my very old sewing machines.

mr.incredible (author)2012-12-04

Very nice! I like the way it goes farther up the arm. It will overlap nicely with a long sleeve shirt or jacket. When I first saw the picture I though you used soft buckskin. I wonder how that would do in a sewing machine?

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