Introduction: How to Make Ninja Mittens

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Tired of your old, ugly mittens? We've got a pretty creative way to whip up some awesome ninja mittens out of a long sleeve T-shirt and a little extra fabric. We at ThreadBanger are always looking for new, crafty DIY projects. So if you have an idea, send it in! And don't forget to subscribe to our iTunes podcast!

Step 1: Cut Off Sleeves

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First, cut off the sleeves of a long-sleeve T-shirt.

Step 2: Lay Sleeves Flat

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Now, cut along the seams and lay the sleeves out flat.

Step 3: Mitten Length

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Find a good length for your mittens, and cut off the extra fabric.

Step 4: Extra Fabric

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Now, cut another piece of fabric about the size of the width of the sleeves, and cut a few strips.

Step 5: Sew on the Strips

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Pin the strips to the sleeves, and sew them on!

Step 6: Sew the Sleeve Together

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Next, have a friend wrap the sleeve (inside out) around your arm and pin it together; then sew.

Step 7: Cut Off the Extra Fabric

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Cut off the extra fabric after sewing.

Step 8: Thumbs

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Turn the mittens inside out again, cut thumb holes, and you're finished!


ninjasamurai (author)2011-08-15

fantastic job and a smashing job mixing the colors baby barf green and neon yellow, but seriously really great job

oyacostumes (author)2011-06-29

Excelent ideas, I gonna do the same...I gonna be a Ninja jejeje, I found cool ninja cotumes here

luvit (author)2010-01-28

 is it just me? for the past couple months, i;ve seen ninjas everywhere..

Hellchild (author)luvit2010-08-14

It's just you

freerunnin1 (author)Hellchild2011-01-20

no its not, there everywhere, all around you, theres at least 20 people i know that are training to be ninja's, me included :P all by the means of NID

Hellchild (author)freerunnin12011-02-11

Ninjas are meant to be unseen.
If you see a "ninja" you lose. That "ninja" isn't a real ninja.

Air_Assassin (author)2010-12-26

Lolz cheap green screen

Draoicht (author)2010-01-30

Good to see Threadbangers on here now. I've been watching them on YouTube for a while.

kagenin (author)2010-01-30

 I just made a set earlier this week, they're toasty warm and awesome!

I used an old long sleeve t-shirt that I hadn't worn in quite a while - the sleeves where long, but the torso was getting a bit short for me, and it wasn't really stretching out long enough.  There were some cool looking asian calligraphy on the arms, which added a nice touch.  It was an old shirt I must have had for at least 12 years, real thick thermal weave fabric.

After I cut the sleeves to length, I unpinned them and used them as templates against the back of the shirt.  My gracious girlfriend  ran her sewing machine through the elbow-side ends (sleeve characters on the inside), then ran it through all four layers of fabric for some extra toasty warmness.  The inside liner would make adding things like pockets a bit easier, which I'll probably add soon, or make another pair with a set of pockets installed before the final stitching-up.

Very Ninja (though probably illegal in some areas) additions could include fist packs inside the palms, leather and steel reinforcements over the back of the hand, steel studs across knuckles, pockets for throwing spikes or knives...

More geeky additions could be some Arduino Lilypad accessories, like a custom wireless "Power Glove" with buttons, buttons, fingertip contact switches, accelerometers and gyroscopes to be used as a game controller (which could also be used as a MIDI instrument... You could turn a Tai Chi into an interactive music experience..., or something just to run windows with something other than a mouse or trackpad - I HATE laptop trackpads and tend to use a PS2 controller rigged up as a mouse).  Or it could just be used to measure punch velocity if you're in boxing or martial arts training... aww, now that sounds kinda rad.  Installing a stealth audio or video recording devices is another very ninja, geeky application...

Very cool project, very simple, yet you can endlessly tweak and add to the design to make something that is truly your own.  Thanks for posting this!

PNEUMONIAexpert (author)2010-01-24

best entry i've seen so far!

Kiteman (author)2007-07-24

Actually, never mind Ninjas - make these pink and grey and they'd be Emo mittens!

csmiler (author)Kiteman2008-08-31

What/who's an emo?

roadieflip (author)csmiler2010-01-24

Emo is like an emu, but sadder!

Kiteman (author)csmiler2008-08-31

Think Goth Lite

csmiler (author)Kiteman2008-08-31

Forgive me for being ignorant...whats the exact definition of goth?people who eat/think/wear black?

itak365 (author)csmiler2009-08-16

Sort of. I always use to think that it was some revival of barbarism.

csmiler (author)Kiteman2008-08-31


Danny (author)Kiteman2007-07-24

no for emo mittens you would need a pouch for a razor blade

Kiteman (author)Danny2007-07-24

Huh? Are American Emos different to UK Emos? Ours are sort of "goth-lite" - they smile more and wear pink with the black. Not violent at all.

Mitten (author)Kiteman2007-07-24

Our emo kids dont smile that much. Theyre basically teenagers who haven't learned to deal with their angst. And to popular belief they cut their wrists like goth kids do. Thats what danny was referring to, razors to cut themselves. Let the following dispute COMMENCE!

Kiteman (author)Mitten2007-07-25

Who's disputing? I teach emos, and they're generally relaxed about their stereotyped image - they told me it keeps away the uber-geeks and the jocks, leaving just "normal" boys to deal with.

Danny (author)Kiteman2007-07-25

well, i live in the uk and i have friends who are emo's and usually they are steryotyped to slit there wrists because of derpession but we joke about it and thats all my comment was A JOKE


Kiteman (author)Danny2007-07-25

OK, old bean, I get you - you can relax now.

nanonano58 (author)Kiteman2007-07-25

nobody understends me !!!! :'(

Udon (author)nanonano582008-10-02

Did you hear about that new emo pizza?

Udon (author)Udon2008-10-02

coff coff

Udon (author)Udon2008-10-02

It cuts itself.

Udon (author)Udon2008-10-02

[drum and cymbal] doodoodo..tchh

MrHarrington (author)Udon2010-01-24

 I saw a t-shirt that said "I wish my grass was emo so it would cut itself"

kind of along the same lines

gemini045 (author)Udon2008-10-08

OH Udon that emo pizza joke is GENIUS (no sarcasm i'm serious)

ilpug (author)Kiteman2009-10-29

 i second that.

Dzwiedziu (author)Kiteman2007-07-24

Yeah, those here don't look very ninja-ish.

poser (author)2009-02-05

haha thats kewl ima try that xD

Cr3Ture0fTheNite (author)2008-11-20

not like it's important or anything, but they were likely trying to shoot for Gauntlets... and aside from making a thumb hole, i'd let the top of the sleeve's opening protrude a little and add a small loop of elastic to hook down on the middle finger like a ring. it'd much more traditional, and it covers more skin that way. makes sense in my head at least. haha

yuckzee (author)2008-11-01

i hope thats not a american flag in the background in the first fiew pics

Aburame Shino (author)2008-03-02





what does thata 222 thing mean?

T3h_Muffinator (author)2007-07-24

Umm... Why are these considered ninja mittens? First off, they're not in any way, shape, or form ninja-y. Second, ninja mittens would be black, if they wore them, not two very obvious and brightly contrasting colors. Third... WHAT KIND OF NINJA WOULD WEAR THESE? I think I'll "ask a ninja" that question...

jongscx (author)T3h_Muffinator2007-09-02

...These mittens are cool...
Ninjas are cool...

Ergo, these are Ninja Mittens...

X is any variable
X * mittens = Xmittens
ninja = cool

If we set cool to equal the variable X, we therefore get:


neji_on_fire (author)jongscx2008-02-13

I concur ninja + mitten = ninjamitten

airgo asomeness

I believe it could be either way, but ...

x = cool
y = ninja
z = mittens

yz4 = x

Actually it could be like this:

ninja=x, cool=y, and mittens=z

ninja=cool so to add coolness to mittens you would need to add ninja

x+z*2=c (*2 since you need 2 mittens)

i mean x+z*2=c

Oopsies. XD

yz4 = x

Muh bad.

ask the ninja about midget ninjas again. Exactly, like Naruto, yes a bright orange suit will not make you stand out at all, blegh, blegh blegh blegh. Naruto......

lemonie (author)T3h_Muffinator2007-08-15

Not one of these Ninja.


californiasoul (author)lemonie2007-12-02

best. link. ever.

Mitten (author)2007-07-24

Ninja Who?

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