Gloves From Old Sweater





Introduction: Gloves From Old Sweater

About: Hello my name is Bob and I like to make things.

In this easy sewing tutorial I show you how to create some nice comfy gloves out of an old sweater.

I hope this will help you. It's pretty straightforward and not to difficult to create.

Step 1: Check Out My Quick Video Tutorial!

I hope this video will help you create this cool Gloves.
Along with the video you can follow the (easy) steps below :-)

Youtube Video

Step 2: Cut the Sleeves

  • Get your (old) sweater and cut the leaves, make sure to cut them larger then your hand.
    We will trim it down later anyway, so better a bit too big then too small ;-)
  • After cutting turn the 2 pieces inside out.

Step 3: Trace Your Hand

Trace your hands with a marker.

Step 4: Sew the Gloves

Sew the line from your marker to close the glove.
Try to sew the finger tops nicely round to make it look more neat.
And also make the finger parts a bit wider than your fingers,

Step 5: Trimming

Trim off the excess material

Step 6: Turn the Right Side Out and Done

Turn the gloves the right side out and done. Ready to keep you warm this winter!

Thank you for having a look at my instructable ;-)

Please also check out my youtube channel



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    12 Discussions

    That's a smart idea with the wrist material already sewn in. You can turn them into waterproof work gloves by dipping in or more evenly painting with mineral spirit thinned silicone. Here is an example:

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    Your very welcome. Thank you for sharing your works, they are great inspiration.

    You reminded me also of my really cold weather glove liners and the gauntlet like ski glove shell that goes over that I am about to restore, where the rubber cracked, using silicone.

    Where like we can make ski like gloves or mittens as the waterproof shell to go over your design. Looks like with the ski gloves there is the palm and back of hand outline pattern and then another side ~17mm piece of material that goes from the side of the hand beside the fingers all around. Maybe can be made from old leather purse material salvaged or cordura/denier backpack or suitcase material?

    I was also thinking that a mylar emergency blanket material layer sewn, or silicone adhesive bonded on the inside can help, as I've seen done with ski boots for really cold weather. Maybe this is better done to shell material before sewing.

    Yeah the knitted stretch at the wrist is nice hey, to keep it tight.
    Thanks for you example, it would be really interesting to make them waterproof!

    This is a great idea! Maybe use an old pair of denim jeans as an outer layer to make these into working gloves. Comfy and durable.

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    Making them out of denim is smart to make them more stronger/durable :-)
    A combination of the denim and a sweater is maybe also a possibility, to place leather or denim patches on the inside of the glove.

    we grew up poor with alcoholic parents, something like this would have been so easy.... but I am glad to see this, and pass this frugal tip onto my granddaughter... as a kid, we would use my father’s clean socks.... mom always called them “mittens”.... no thumbs made it difficult to make snowballs... Living in Upstate New York, this would have been ideal...

    Fortunately, most of us are no worse for wear of parents like this, and have come thru living very careful and frugal lives....

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    Thanks for you story! Hope this can be useful now for your granddaughter!

    Reminds me of the underpants head-warmer.
    At great risk of being non-PC​, nice to see a bloke getting to grips with a sewing machine - it's only a tool

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    Thanks! I agree; most important thing is to create what you want. And I really like the sewing machine as a tool to help me with my creations :-)


    6 months ago