How to Make Leather Gauntlets

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How to Make Leather Gauntlets
A metallic gauntlet (gantelet d"armure image by Gilles Paire from

Leather gauntlets (gloves) are the perfect accessory to a medieval or fantasy warrior costume. These types of costumes can be for Halloween, a convention or even just for fun. While gauntlets may seem difficult to make, the fabrication process is actually not hard if the crafter starts with an already sewn base, such as a pair of gardening gloves. With common sewing supplies and beginning sewing skills, you can make a pair of leather gauntlets for your costume.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Light brown leather gardening gloves
  • Fabric scissors
  • 2 square feet dark brown leather fabric
  • Thread
  • Sewing machine
  • Heavy-duty sewing machine needle

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  1. 1

    Cut off the top half of the fingers and thumbs of each leather gardening glove with the fabric scissors. When the gloves are worn, the fabric should come just past the first knuckle of each finger.

  2. 2

    Cut out two ovals of leather that are each 2 inches wide and 3 inches long. Sew one leather oval to the back of each glove, just below the knuckles, with the sewing machine. The machine should be equipped with a heavy-duty sewing needle.

  3. 3

    Cut out two rectangular pieces of leather that are each 3 inches wide and long enough to wrap around the wrist opening of the glove.

  4. 4

    Turn the fingerless gloves inside out and sew the rectangular leather pieces to the leather gloves all around the openings of the gloves. The leather should come down a few inches past the wrist when the gauntlets are worn.

Tips and warnings

  • Adjust the size of the leather ovals (Step 2) according to the size of your hands. The ovals should be a little longer and wider than the knuckle area of the hand.
  • To add more authenticity to the gauntlets, sew a buckle onto the leather at the wrist openings.

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