Introduction: Sally Rag Doll Gloves

Picture of Sally Rag Doll Gloves

I love Sally, I love The Nightmare Before Christmas, but I hate the costumes they sell in the stores. Not so much the dress portion as much as their answer to Sally being a rag doll. It almost always involves incorrectly colored and cheaply made tights and armlets. They look bad in my opinion and in no way convincing. So I decided to do my own gloves inspired by Sally. You can either use them for fashion or you can add on painted acrylic nails to get realistic look.

You can also do the exact same process on a pair legging that I do to gloves if you want to complete the look, just make sure your face makeup matches the color of your fabric.

I actually bought a glove pattern from the store only to have it not work for this purpose at all, I was amazed and disheartened. Therefore I searched the web to find this instructable here by Emsaid. It saved my project, and me from tears. So I was definitely inspired by Emsaid's instructable otherwise this one would have ended in me destroying a lot of fabric.

Step 1: Gather Materials!

1. 1 yard of at least 90% cotton or rayon knit. It needs to be mostly cotton or rayon for the dye to take.
2. Sewing machine with thread. I recommend sewing this project with a stretch triple straight stitch or a stretch tricot stitch. More information about stitches available here.

3. A small paintbrush.

4. Tulip 1 Step Dyes in colors of your choice, I used Blue and Black.

5. Scrap Cardboard

6. Pins

7. Scissors

8. Acrylic Nails

9. Red nail polish

10. Nail Clippers

11. Tacky Glue, NOT SUPER GLUE. It will seep through the gloves and glue the gloves to your finger nails, which is unpleasant. Tacky glue does not seep through.

Step 2: Watch the Video

Ok I think the ones with the nails look totally creepy, but the ones without I could imagine wearing on a cold day. Any cold day because I'm the type of person who likes to pretend that it's halloween year round.

I will admit that my Sally gloves are not the most accurate. She actually doesn't have any stitch lines on her hands, which from a sewing person point of view is weird and wrong. Therefore I articulated her hand to quiet my inner seamstress.


Diane Chavira (author)2015-04-12

Huge TNBC this project!

nate71173 (author)2015-01-30

OMG! I flipping love this! Thanks for welcoming me to Instructables, MsSweetSatisfaction ;)
(Welding cart)

whirlpoolisfabulous (author)2014-10-21

To me?I apologize again-But how may I do that?

JR Tyner (author)2014-10-19

Oh, this would be good for Corpse Bride or Nightmare Before Christmas!

SophiesFoodieFiles (author)2014-10-19

This is so cool! :)

whirlpoolisfabulous (author)2014-10-18

You said you were an admin?

Im trying to publish with the Instructables mobile version-Yet it continues to crash repeatedly! Could I get some help?

I sent you a private message ^-^

That is Hollywood quality work! You got my vote.

That is a very high compliment! Thank you so much!

Muhaiminah Faiz (author)2014-10-16

This is awesome! :)


pattymadeit (author)2014-10-13


Thank you!

SkyProductions (author)2014-10-12

This is fabulous! I thought it was some sort of body makeup at first! Great job, you got my vote :)

Thank you so much! That was definitely what I was going for!

anin carmelittes (author)2014-10-09

u got my vote on artistic and awesome, makes me wanna try it <3

Thanks, please do! Send pictures, I bet they will look amazing!

i'll try making it and send the photo.... :)

Kozmicblues69 (author)2014-10-10

Awesome! I love Sally and wearing weird this is perfect for me! I'm also a "type of person who likes to pretend that it's halloween year round". During all year I wear skeleton gloves, skeleton shirts and similar stuff not related with skeletons :p Thanks for sharing! :)

YAY more people who believe halloween is a year round event! Do you also wait for the sales when halloween is over in order to buy things to decorate your house for the rest of the year?
Thanks for commenting!

Yes of course! When Halloween finish I'm the first to go to the shop to buy the rests :p

seamster (author)2014-10-09

Cool. I think the creepy nails are best part.

Yeah... they creep me out, kind of a lot. Which is good for the season, but they definitely enter the uncanny valley.

Mielameri (author)2014-10-10

Love these! Well done! I'm glad someone has finally addressed the frankly sad state of Sally costumes available; these are soooo much better for her skin!

Thanks! I just couldn't let the terrible parade of white tights and short armlets continue.

SnazzyBot (author)2014-10-10

Hey, that's how I make gloves! I didn't know someone else had thought of it too. I can attest to how easy that method is, and I hope a lot of people give it a try!

Yours look awesome and appropriately creepy. :D

It's definitely the method that works the best, trust me I tried the official patterns they are a pain.

gravityisweak (author)2014-10-11

Wow! These came out perfect! Awesome work!

Thanks you so much!

xXDeaDXx666 (author)2014-10-11

Looks really cool

Thank you!

shazni (author)2014-10-11

I thought it was your hand painted that color! The glove fitted perfectly.!

Awww thanks! It's based off my hand so they do fit, well, like a glove. Or at least like a glove is supposed to.

NanoRobotGeek (author)2014-10-11

voted, looks perfect.


jmyers1 (author)2014-10-11

I love it! So much easier to paint/stitch gloves and tights than try body makeup.

Thanks! Yeah I've done make up hands once, and never again.

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