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.

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

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.

-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
Why the non dominant hand? Is it larger, and do you make a left and right hand pattern?
<p>non dominant so that your dominant hand can do things like hold the scissors (have you tried using scissors with the 'wrong' hand?)<br><br>Also, once you have the pattern for one hand you can reverse it to get a pattern for the other hand (unless you actually do have one hand significantly larger than the other!)</p>
<p>I had to find a different way to make a pattern, but this tutorial was a great big help! Couldn't have done it without it.</p>
Omg thank you so much! <br>I want to make gloves out of leather but i don't want to cover my fingers on one hand and just two on the other (index and middle) do I do then the same way just with less fingers? <br>Thanks for sharing! !!
This was the basis for redesigning my fursuit gloves and it worked like a dream (once I stopped using my fabric inside out &gt;.&lt; ). I had to modify the design to incorporate a different material for the palm (what I made is closer to shooting gloves).
<p>Thank you so much!<br>I tried twice to get a pair that would fit well. I think if I alter my pattern slightly, the third time will be perfect. :P</p>
<p>this design looks great! I am going to use this technique when sewing my vinyl gloves for my Captain America cosplay.</p>
<p>On step 7 I understand why at the top of the thumb there is that valley. What I can't figure out is why those v's on the sides show up when cut. I'm going to try and make a fur pair of these and I'm sure I could jury rig it if I can't figure it out but would rather just go by the pattern.</p>
Why are you doing that
<p>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 </p><p>Thank you </p><p>crzzycindy@yahoo.com </p>
<p>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.</p>
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!
<p>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.</p>
This is one of the most impressive instructables that I ever read! <br> <br>the time needed to draw all those steeps (take pictures is a lot more quick!), to show how have to be done, is amazing. <br> <br>Tks.
OMG! thank you! Can't wait to get started
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 &amp; 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 :)
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!
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 :)
Very nice tutorial! i'm making those fingerless &quot;hobo&quot; gloves and this really gave a great start on how to even begin. Thank you very much for making this :)
All right! I finished them \o/ <br />Here's what I ended up with :D <br />http://imgur.com/a/xxg1F#3 <br />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.
This is great! I was going to do this exact same Instructable, but now I don&#39;t have to! I made a pair of red lace gloves for one of the<a href="https://www.instructables.com/id/Lady-GaGa-Red-Lace-Costume/"> Lady Gaga costumes&nbsp;</a><br /> <br /> I did all of my sewing by hand, since the machine ate the lace.&nbsp; It also allowed me to give the pieces a better fit to my hands as I sewed them.<br /> <br /> Can you include some pictures of the finished gloves you made?<br />
Thank you! I am working on some more gloves, so once they're done, I'll post them.
Great ible,&nbsp;I loved the drawings.&nbsp;&nbsp;The &quot;quality&quot; of the stitching could be improved a little and this might&nbsp;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 <em><strong>slightly</strong> <strong>lighter</strong></em><strong> </strong>than the fabric, is used. (this won't show through as much). I hope you continue with these, very good work.
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.
Epic illustrations!
This is a really good instructable welldone, I may give this a try
If you cut the thumb part separate, you can add it out of line with the fingers just like an actual hand. <br> I like this instructable!
Yep! A separate thumb piece is really important for having thumb mobility. I'm glad you liked it! :]
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
Very clever!!!
Thank you! :3

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