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DIY Winter Gloves

Keep tiny hands warm and dive into your fabric stash with these great DIY gloves! Gloves are more than just a little tricky because it seems so easy. Many sewers and crafters have stories of glove projects gone awry, and it’s because people don’t use a pattern. The trouble is that many patterns don’t provide quality measurements, and it’s hard to create one pattern that fits many hands. 

The other challenge that people face is handling fleece. Fleece is an all-time favorite for many sewers, but it’s tricky to handle at times. 

Gather Your Materials:

Key things to keep in mind when handling your materials:

  • The needle size and type will make a difference here because you’re using polar fleece.
  • Fleece has a grain, and you should cut with the grain. (Brush the fabric with your hand to find the direction of the grain)
  • Fleece has a “right” and “wrong” side, and you want the right-sides facing out when you’re finished with your project! Fold your fleece in half to ensure that you have the right pieces to keep the right-side outward. 
  • Use a 1/8-inch seam allowance.
  • Use a small zig-zag stitch. 

Make Your Gloves

The sizes will vary slightly based on the size of your hand. You can increase or decrease the size to fit your hand, but keep in mind your fabric pieces should be larger than your hand or fingers. 

Step One: Cut your pieces

Keep everything in its place and start with solid preparation. 

  • On a 2” x 2” square, cut two pieces for one thumb. Fold the fabric over to cut the pieces together, and you’ll want to exaggerate the thumb shape. 
    • Cut to create four thumb pieces.
  • Instead of sketching an outline of your hand, draw a very cartoonish four-fingered, thumbless hand with all of the fingers kept together. Again, it should be larger than your hand. 
    • Cut so that you have four handpieces.
  • In the palm of the bottom-of-the-hand pieces, cut a circle large enough for the bottom of your thumb pieces. 
  • Cut two cuff pieces as 7 ¼” x 10” each
  • Cut the following strips for support between the fingers and thumb:
    • 38 ¾” x 1”
    • 8 ½” x 1”

Step Two: Start Stitching

Place the right sides together for the handpieces. Use a zig-zag stitch, starting at the outer edge to sew the support strip around the fingers. 

Do the same for the thumb. The thumb can be frustrating because you’re working with relatively small pieces of fabric. 

Pin the thumb into the hole in the palm. Use a zig-zag stitch and sew a 1/8-inch seam around the edges of the thumb. 

Sew the top and bottom of the hand together, careful to use the support strip through the fingers. 

Take your cuff pieces and fold them in half. Place the gloves into the cuff and pin it into place. 

Sew the cuff with a 1/4-inch seam allowance. Pull the cuff outward and turn the project. You now have gloves! 

Gloves can be tricky, and many people will need to try this a few times before they can comfortably place the thumb hole in the palm and fit their hand correctly. Ty this a few times on some stashed away fabric before you dig into your favorite fleece print!

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