How to Make Ninja Mittens

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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

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

Step 2: Lay Sleeves Flat

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

Step 3: Mitten Length

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

Step 4: Extra Fabric

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

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

Step 6: Sew the Sleeve Together

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

Cut off the extra fabric after sewing.

Step 8: Thumbs

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

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

    Excelent ideas, I gonna do the same...I gonna be a Ninja jejeje, I found cool ninja cotumes here http://www.oyacostumes.ca/Search-CA?st=ninja

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

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    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

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

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

     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!

    best entry i've seen so far!

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

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    What/who's an emo?

    Emo is like an emu, but sadder!

    Think Goth Lite

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

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

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