How-to-Make Cotton Gloves




Introduction: How-to-Make Cotton Gloves

About: Hi, we're Dara and Nash. Industrial designers, tinkers, and mayhem builders. Follow our travels.

Hi, this is an evening's project to make your own pair of gloves from left-over scraps. Nash needed some librarian gloves for the museum as they don't make cotton reading gloves big enough for his mitts. You can also make gloves like these for halloween costumes, re-inactment events, or if you're super nerdy like read old books without damaging them.

You will need:

1. White Cotton Fabric Scraps, knits are easier to work with.
2. Button-thread
3. Glovers or leather needle size 12.
4. A Sheet of Paper
5. Scissors

Step 1: Trace Your Hand on a Sheet of Paper

    Take your dominant hand and trace it on a piece of paper. You should have something that looks like a Thanksgiving project for making a turkey if you remember that from your childhood classroom days. You can see Nash's hand is much bigger than mine in the picture. Trace the hand of the ACTUAL person you will be making the glove for.

Step 2: Cut Out the Master Pattern

Take a pair of scissors and cut out the pattern you made.

Step 3: Trace Your Pattern

Taking your pattern, fold your original fabric in half and trace around the hand with a half inch seam allowance. This is because hands are not flat. You will need to flip the pattern for the left and right hands.

When you are done, you will have 2 hands

Step 4: Cut Out the Fabric

Cut out each of your gloves carefully. You will have 4 pieces of fabric when you are done. If you are worried about the fabric moving while you cut, you can put in 3-4 pins to make sure it doesn't move while you work.

Step 5: Pin the Fabric Together

Pin each glove together right side to right side so they won't move while you sew them together.

Step 6: Sew the Gloves Together

    Thread your glovers needle and start sewing them gloves together with a basic whip stitch. You can use any small locking stitch to go around the edges. This generally takes 30-45 minutes per glove depending on your stitch size.

Step 7: Turn Inside Out

Voila you're done!

You can also do a simple hem around the bottom as well.

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    7 years ago

    Hi! This may be a dumb question but is there a specific reason to trace your dominant hand for the pattern? It seems like it would be easier to trace your non dominant hand while holding the pencil with your dominant hand for a better pattern.


    Reply 1 year ago

    I could see that being the case if the tolerances involved were extremely small but with something like this I just think the benefits of using your dominant hand to do a more accurate tracing would outweigh the extremely small difference in dominant/non-dominant hand sizes. I know there is asymmetry in the human body but when it comes to hands (understanding that there are exceptions out there) the variance is virtually undetectable to the human eye.


    Reply 1 year ago

    Dominant hand would be slightly larger than the other.. due to more use.. hence they may have suggested the same for the size purpose.


    10 years ago on Step 7


    Thanks for your instructions, what a good idea to make your own gloves. Never occurred to me, that I could make them so easily.

    I like to wear gloves at night, after I put lotion on my hands. This will be perfect for my purpose.

    A great way to wake up with perfectly soft hands!

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    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    Thanks so much! Hope your hands benefit. These do really well with lotion at night. You know it's funny, but I actually made this Tues night while sitting in our Etsy meeting. Yeah, fun Techshop gloves. Have a great night.