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How-to-Make Cotton Gloves

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Hi, this is an evening's project to make your own pair of gloves from left-over scraps. Nash needed some librarian gloves for the museum as they don't make cotton reading gloves big enough for his mitts. You can also make gloves like these for halloween costumes, re-inactment events, or if you're super nerdy like us...to read old books without damaging them.

You will need:

1. White Cotton Fabric Scraps, knits are easier to work with.
2. Button-thread
3. Glovers or leather needle size 12.
4. A Sheet of Paper
5. Scissors
 
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Step 1: Trace Your Hand On A Sheet of Paper

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    Take your dominant hand and trace it on a piece of paper. You should have something that looks like a Thanksgiving project for making a turkey if you remember that from your childhood classroom days. You can see Nash's hand is much bigger than mine in the picture. Trace the hand of the ACTUAL person you will be making the glove for.

Step 2: Cut Out The Master Pattern

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Take a pair of scissors and cut out the pattern you made.

Step 3: Trace Your Pattern

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Taking your pattern, fold your original fabric in half and trace around the hand with a half inch seam allowance. This is because hands are not flat. You will need to flip the pattern for the left and right hands.

When you are done, you will have 2 hands

Step 4: Cut Out The Fabric

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Cut out each of your gloves carefully. You will have 4 pieces of fabric when you are done. If you are worried about the fabric moving while you cut, you can put in 3-4 pins to make sure it doesn't move while you work.

Step 5: Pin The Fabric Together

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Pin each glove together right side to right side so they won't move while you sew them together.

Step 6: Sew The Gloves Together

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    Thread your glovers needle and start sewing them gloves together with a basic whip stitch. You can use any small locking stitch to go around the edges. This generally takes 30-45 minutes per glove depending on your stitch size.

Step 7: Turn Inside Out

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Voila you're done!

You can also do a simple hem around the bottom as well.
techshop12 years ago
Dara,

Thanks for your instructions, what a good idea to make your own gloves. Never occurred to me, that I could make them so easily.

I like to wear gloves at night, after I put lotion on my hands. This will be perfect for my purpose.

A great way to wake up with perfectly soft hands!

Li Sashay (author)  techshop12 years ago
Thanks so much! Hope your hands benefit. These do really well with lotion at night. You know it's funny, but I actually made this Tues night while sitting in our Etsy meeting. Yeah, fun Techshop gloves. Have a great night.
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