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In this instructable, I will show you how to draft your own glove pattern and make a pair of gloves. You can use this with any fabric, leather, vinyl, or similar material, stretchy or not.

Hands are complicated 3D shapes with many degrees of freedom of movement. Gloves need to accommodate this and are as such more complicated than 2 pieces of hand-shaped fabric sewn together.

SUPPLIES:
For drafting:
-duct tape (or something similarly flexible)
-paper (preferably tracing paper or something similar)
-a disposable glove (latex, nitrile, whatever you have on hand [HURHUR])
-a pencil
-a permanent marker
-sharp scissors

For construction:
-fabric
-thread
-pins
-Fray-Check (optional, but nice to have)
-a sewing machine and/or a needle and lots of patience

 
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Step 1: Terminology and Key

Trank -  the hand-shaped part that constitutes most of the glove
Fourchettes - the little pieces of fabric that go between your fingers
Thumb - the part that goes on your thumb (derp)

Fourchettes are one of the most overlooked parts of gloves, but they are VERY important for comfort and mobility of your fingers.

Key:
-darker fabric color is the "right side", or the side of the fabric that you want on the outside of your glove
-lighter fabric color is the "wrong side", or the side of the fabric that you want on the inside of your glove

Step 2: Drafting Your Pattern

There are a lot of ways to do this, but I like to start with the coat-your-hand-in-tape method 8D

Put the disposable glove on your non-dominant hand (I'm right-handed, so I put it on my left hand), and layer strips of tape all over the latex glove. Have a friend help you cut tape strips if you can, it's a lot easier that way. Make sure you get a nice, thick layer all over your hand, especially between your fingers and around joints.

Once you have coated your hand in tape, trace a line from the tip of your pinkie, down the side of your hand, to your wrist. This will be your trank seam.

crzzycindy2 months ago

Thank you for these detailed instructions I would love it if you were to also put a few instructions on You tube I go there often to learn how to fix this or that and make this or that. I would also love it if you would send me a complete printable version

Thank you

crzzycindy@yahoo.com

whiteoakart4 months ago

Have you tried making them from leather? I need to make a pair of leather gloves for a cosplay outfit. Your tutorial is excellent, but I am wondering if there might be any accommodations for leather.

HollyMann7 months ago
have you thought of using a pair of store purchased gloves to make a pattern from? I have so many that are torn up or have holes - I am going to cut one along the seams to make it...hopefully it will work. Your Instructable helps too!

Store-bought gloves aren't always a perfect fit for everybody (e.g. I have small hands and short fingers), and it's a cheap way to get a custom-sized pattern and hand-form so you don't have to sew while wearing it.

SimplyT9 months ago
Why the non dominant hand? Is it larger, and do you make a left and right hand pattern?
padbravo11 months ago
This is one of the most impressive instructables that I ever read!

the time needed to draw all those steeps (take pictures is a lot more quick!), to show how have to be done, is amazing.

Tks.
bondagebonni11 months ago
OMG! thank you! Can't wait to get started
Tasharrr1 year ago
Thanks for the awesome steps, the illustrations helped tremendously! Quick question though, for the fingerless ones you've got a picture of there, did you still use a single piece of fabric for the fourchettes piece, and then trim off & hem each finger? Or is there another trick you could share for those? I'm making some from polar fleece as part of a onsie I'm making :)
edenham1 year ago
This was wonderful! My church is actually going to use your instructions to create gloves for the local homeless this winter! Thanks for your great illustrations and very clear instruction. Gather Church thanks you!
dkéri1 year ago
I think your diagrams are perfect. I'm downloading your instsructions and I hope that one day I will able to make my own gloves. Until that I thank you for the tutorial! =)
Nice! I have been wanting to make gloves, this will be really helpful when I finally do :)
Lanvi2 years ago
Very nice tutorial! i'm making those fingerless "hobo" gloves and this really gave a great start on how to even begin. Thank you very much for making this :)
Lanvi Lanvi2 years ago
All right! I finished them \o/
Here's what I ended up with :D
http://imgur.com/a/xxg1F#3
Two pics of the gloves. Thank you so much for the great instructions :)
Thank you so much for this great tutorial. My sister has to wear gloves to bed, because she scratches herself in her sleep, and the cheap gloves on the market shred in one night, but I've been unable to make her any, due to my inadequacies of figuring out how to make a glove right by myself. This should help. Thanks again.
scoochmaroo3 years ago
This is great! I was going to do this exact same Instructable, but now I don't have to! I made a pair of red lace gloves for one of the Lady Gaga costumes 

I did all of my sewing by hand, since the machine ate the lace.  It also allowed me to give the pieces a better fit to my hands as I sewed them.

Can you include some pictures of the finished gloves you made?
Icetigris (author)  scoochmaroo3 years ago
Thank you! I am working on some more gloves, so once they're done, I'll post them.
craftyv3 years ago
Great ible, I loved the drawings.  The "quality" of the stitching could be improved a little and this might encourage more people to look at the whole thing. Hand stitching is notoriously difficult especially around tight corners. Use a smaller stitch perhaps and pull a little tighter. NOTE: When dressmaking it's always recommended that a thread slightly lighter than the fabric, is used. (this won't show through as much). I hope you continue with these, very good work.
Icetigris (author)  craftyv3 years ago
Thanks. I probably should have mentioned that this is a mockup that I did, which is why you can see the stitching. I have a finished glove, but it's fingerless. I wanted to show what one with the fingers still on looks like.
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Icetigris (author)  craftyv3 years ago
I added an image note, so if you hover over the image you can see it. I'm also working on some non-fingerless gloves so I'll eventually replace the images of the mockups.
I see it now. Thank's a lot.
Euphy3 years ago
Epic illustrations!
Biggsy3 years ago
This is a really good instructable welldone, I may give this a try
thepelton3 years ago
If you cut the thumb part separate, you can add it out of line with the fingers just like an actual hand.
I like this instructable!
Icetigris (author)  thepelton3 years ago
Yep! A separate thumb piece is really important for having thumb mobility. I'm glad you liked it! :]
colacastink3 years ago
Used this to make a fingerless glove (just cut the fingertips off and hem `em), it's GREAT. I would have never thought to do anything *other* than just sew 2 hand turkeys together, but this looks so much better :P
rimar20003 years ago
Very clever!!!
Icetigris (author)  rimar20003 years ago
Thank you! :3