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!
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Step 1: Supplies/Tools
- An old long sleeve flannel shirt
- Hemming tape if you do not want to hand sew
- Needle if sewing by hand
- 2 strings, elastic, or shoe strings about 28 inches long
- 1 Safety pin
- Tape measure
- Sewing machine if machine sewing
- An iron and ironing board if using hemming tape.
Step 2: The 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
- 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.
- Sew all the way around the hem back stitching at the end.
- Trim all loose threads.
Step 5: 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.
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!