Finger-less Gloves From a Flannel Shirt




Introduction: Finger-less Gloves From a Flannel Shirt

About: I am married with two children. Spring, summer, and fall are my very favorite times of the year. I enjoy working in the yard, sewing, cooking, quilting, gardening, and creating. I do this to keep my sanity.

I have not seen finger-less gloves made from  shirt cuffs so I thought I would give it a try.  I thought they turned out very well.  They are easy to make and keep your hands warm.  These would make great texting gloves! I used a sewing machine but they could easily be hand stitched requiring little extra time.  One could use hemming tape as well.  Lets get started!   

Step 1: Supplies/Tools

What you will need:
  • An old  long sleeve flannel shirt 
  • Scissors
  • Hemming tape if you do not want to hand sew
  • Needle if sewing by hand
  • Thread
  • 2 strings, elastic, or shoe strings about 28 inches long
  • 1 Safety pin
  • Marker
  • Tape measure  
  • Sewing machine if machine sewing
  • An iron and ironing board if using hemming tape.
Please note: A heavy flannel shirt will work best for a warmer pair of gloves.  I had a heavy flannel shirt but the tear was in the wrong place. 

Step 2: The Cuffs

Measuring / Cutting cuffs:
  • You will need to measure the cutting length of the shirt sleeve for who ever is going to wear the gloves. 
  • I placed my arm on a table and estimated the length I wanted.
  • Then I added extra for a hem say 2-3 inches. ( If you are going to use hemming tape allow for a wide hem because you will need an open area along the hem to insert the draw string.)
  • If it is not wide enough the glue will prevent you from weaving the string through the hem pocket.
  • Mark both sleeves at the cutting line.
  • Cut at the cutting line.

Step 3: Hem

Folding down the hem:
  • Turn under a  1/4 inch hem allowance.
  • Turn under again this time 1 1/2  inches,  so you have a nice wide hem pocket.  
  • Press well.

Step 4: Securing the Hem

  • If you are hand sewing now is the time to sew the hem pocket.
  • If you are using the hemming tape now is the time to slip it inside the hem and iron it in.

Machine sewing:
  • Sew all the way around the hem back stitching at the end.
  • Trim all loose threads.

Step 5: Draw String

Inserting the draw string:
  • On the inside of the hem line pull apart the hem so you can cut a small slit to insert the string through.   Don't cut all the way through the cuff or it will not look nice.
  • Pin one end of your string or elastic.
  • Thread it through the slit.
  • Even out the gathers.
  • Remove the pin.
  • Tie a knot in the end of the ties.
  • If using elastic estimate how loose you want it around your arm, tie a knot in the elastic, trim off excess.
Please note: You can use these without the string if you like a loose fit.

Step 6: Sunshiine's Final Thoughts

I really like the idea of these finger-less gloves.  They keep your hands warm and are a good use for an old shirt.  These were made for hubby but he can't see them yet!  I wished I had a women's heavy flannel shirt to show how to make them fashionable!  I will make another one after I go to Goodwill.  

Thank you for stopping in and stay warm!

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    10 years ago on Introduction

    Neat idea! Also a good way to make cute gift bags, if you close up the bottom.


    10 years ago on Introduction

    Great instructable sunshiine! - You could also advertise this as "texting gloves", since you need uncovered fingers, especially with touch pad devises.


    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    Thanks for the input! that is an awesome idea! I will change the side bar for that! Thanks so much!


    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    You are very welcome. (We night owls gotta take care of each other) :D


    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    You quack me up girl! But I had you going the other night. I need to go to bed for a couple of hours because I need to hit the goodwill for some sweaters!