I've been thinking about entering the Sew Warm contest for awhile but couldn't decide on a project. This idea came from my son and I thought it would be fun. These are fingerless gloves but with a pocket sewn in so you can insert a little handwarmer. They can be worn with the pocket on the back of your hand or switch them around and the warmer will be in your palm.
Step 1: Gathering Supplies
You will need
1/2 yard fleece - less if you don't want them up to your elbows
paper to draw your pattern
hand warmers so you can make your pocket to size
The pocket for these "Hotties" was 3" x 4" but a different brand may be a different size.
Step 2: Drawing the Pattern
Any kind of paper can be used to draw a pattern. I like using newspaper because it's so big.
Lay your hand out on the paper keeping fingers together and your thumb spread.
Draw a line around your hand allowing extra space to allow for a seam allowance.
You can make these as long or short as you like, I like them long.
Obviously I can't draw a straight line but that can be fixed before cutting them out.
Step 3: Cutting Out the Pieces
Fold the fabric in half and lay out smooth on a table. The fabric had a little one way stretch to it so I laid out my pieces so the fabric would stretch around my hand.
Lay the glove pattern on the fabric, pin, and cut out.
Do this twice since you'll need two gloves.
I cut out a 3" by 4" rectangle for the pocket and designed a little flap for the pocket.
The flap is 3" wide by 2 3/4" long and I cut the corners at an angle but you can cut them any way you want.
You'll need 2 pockets and 2 pocket flaps.
Step 4: Sewing the Pocket and Flap
Lay the pocket out on the glove and sew with a zigzag. This fleece won't unravel but I like the closely stitched zigzag gives it a more finished look.
Sew the buttonhole into the flap.
When sewing on the pocket flap leave a little space between it and the pocket which will make it easier to slip in the handwarmer.
Zigzag across the top of the flap to sew it in place.
Also, remember to lay out your gloves with the thumbs facing each other so you don't end up with one pocket on your palm and the other on the back of your hand - unless you want them like that which is perfectly fine since you are custom making them for you or a loved one.
Step 5: TA DA!!
There you have it - your fingers are free to work and your hand is toasty warm.