Sew a set of upcycled sweater fingerless gloves

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Fingerless gloves are a fantastic way to keep warm in the winter, while still retaining the use of your fingers, much needed tools for delicate work, even in the cold. Why not take a favorite sweater that has out-lived its use, and give it a second chance at life in the form of a toasty pair of fingerless gloves?  Not only will you be able to hold on to your beloved sweater for just a bit longer, your hands will thank you when the temperature outside dips below zero - or more.

This is the companion instructable to Sew an upcycled sweater scarf. You can make both projects using the same sweater, and create a matching set for maximum warmth!
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Step 1: What you'll need

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Gather together the following items to create a pair of toasty fingerless gloves:

 - One old sweater (it can be made of anything - fabric, knitted or crocheted - it doesn't matter)
 - One half yard/meter of fleece, in a color that matches your sweater
 - Matching color of thread
 - Scissors
 - Straight pins
 - Yard/meter stick or measuring tape
 - Four matching buttons, 3/4" diameter
 - Sewing needle
 - Seam ripper
 - Scraps of felt
 - Hot-glue gun
 - sewing machine*

*This project is put together using a sewing machine, so I have outline the steps of the instructable as such, HOWEVER, this does not mean it cannot be completed by hand. In fact, I commend you if you choose to sew this scarf project by hand. It takes a lot of patience - of which I have never had.

Step 2: Harvesting the fabric

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The first thing you need to do is cut out enough fabric from your old sweater to make the fingerless gloves. Luckily, sweaters are excellent for this project in that they have SLEEVES, which are essentially fingerless gloves themselves.

Lay the sweater flat and find the shoulder seam. Use the scissors to cut along the inside of the shoulder seam to separate the sleeve from the body of the sweater. Do the same for both sleeves.
SkunkRyder3 years ago
just made some of these out of a favorite hoodie i shrank in the dryer. i've wanted fingerless gloves for so long, but i've never been able to buy or knit any that i liked. great idea, easy ible, and now my hands will be warm while i game :) thanks for posting this!
Nice job, and good photos, featured.

Also these gloves keep a pint of beer cold and your hand warm, but someone ill get upset about beer gloves later...
skyisblu (author)  killerjackalope5 years ago
But really, beer gloves are a small price to pay for a cold beer, wouldn't you think?
Oh aye, not to mention warm hands at the same time...