Hey there my fellow Whovians! Also, hello to everyone else!
I picked up this Tardis fabric at Hancock Fabrics. I loved it but didn't really know what to do with it. So I decided to make something that showed my love for Doctor Who but didn't shout it.
You don't have to use this fabric obviously you can use whatever makes you happy. Really you don't even have to cover the warmers with fabric you could just pick out fun fleece and go that route.
Step 1: Template and Supplies
You will need:
Roughly a 1/4 yard of fleece and a 1/4 yard of fabric
Sewing machine, paper, thread, scissors, pins and any other sewing notions you find helpful.
To make a template use whatever paper you have lying around. I keep a roll of Dollar Store brown packaging paper for my patterns so I used a chunk of that.
Put your hand on the paper and trace around. You don't have to do the tops of your fingers, just as far as you want covered. Also, go down as far as you want for your wrist.
Step 2: Making the Pattern
Ok, now that you have your hand traced you are going to want to outline it roughly 1/2" - 3/4" for your seam allowance and to make sure it's big enough. Remember you can always make it smaller, but to make it bigger you have to go back to the store.
Cut that out. Now fold your bit of fleece and lay the pattern on the fold. Pin it and cut it out. I didn't cut out the lower contoured part of the pattern because I initially didn't allow for my seams. In the end it didn't matter they that weren't contoured so you can just make this part straight like I did. Do the same with your fabric.
(I used the fleece as my pattern on the fabric because, like I said I didn't allow for my seams)
Step 3: Pin and Sew
Open up your fleece and fabric and pin them right sides together. (that means, put the parts you want on the outside on the inside)
Sew the two pieces together. Leave about 2-3 inches open at the bottom of the warmer so that you can turn it right side out.
Step 4: Thumb Hole and Test Fit.
Trim the excess fabric and fold in half.
Figure out where your thumb will go. Mark on either side of your thumb. Add about 1/4" so that it's not too tight. Cut a slit from either mark.
Now turn your warmer right side out and press out the corners with your fingers. You can iron your seems really flat at this point if you want.
Fold the warmer in half and pin. Turn it right side out and test fit. This is where you can make adjustments. Turn it wrong side out and adjust. Then repeat this step until you're happy.
Step 5: Thumb Hole and Bottom Finish
This next part is kind of a pain but if you've sewn button holes before its basically the same thing.
Conversely if you have a nicer way to finish the thumb hole; have at it.
Load your warmer into your sewing machine and move it to the thumb hole. Make sure the front and back are together on either side of the thumb hole. Now with a zig zag stich run it down the length of one side of the thumb hole. Turn and go back up the other side. Do this two or three times to help the thread from fraying. Run a bit at the top and bottom of the hole so that it doesn't tear
Next turn in the bottom of the warmer you left open for turning and sew closed. You can do this on your machine or by hand.
Step 6: Finish and Enjoy!
Once the bottom and thumb hole are done, fold your warmer in half, right sides together, pin and sew. Turn out and you're done.
I hope you enjoyed this. This is my first try at these and I think they turned out pretty good. Any questions or comments are appreciated.