How to make fingerless gloves out of fabric

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How to make fingerless gloves out of fabric
Transform an old T-shirt into trendy fingerless gloves. (looking for a shirt image by Ramona smiers from

Keep your hands and arms warm and fingers free with fingerless gloves. Whether used for warmth to keep your hands and wrists limber when typing or crafting or used as a fashionable accessory, fingerless gloves may be worn any time of year. Though often knit or crochet, you can make these simple tubes--also called wristlets, wrist warmers or gauntlets--with fabric that has a bit of stretch. You can recycle the fabric from a t-shirt to make fingerless gloves like those designed by Megan Nicolay for her book "Generation T: 108 Ways to Transform a T-shirt." By using recycled fabric the gloves will cost your nothing but your time.

Things you need

  • Measuring tape
  • T-shirt or sweatshirt
  • Scissors
  • Pins
  • Tailor's chalk
  • Needle and thread or sewing machine

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    Measure across the widest part of your hand and from the knuckle straight down to the point on your arm you want the gloves to end. They can just cover the hand, go to the forearm, elbow, or be "opera" length, extending nearly to the shoulder. Measure the distance between the top of your knuckles and the beginning of your thumb, and the distance across your thumb. Make a note of the measurements.

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    Lay out your T-shirt on your work surface.

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    Cut two rectangles from your T-shirt, each twice the measurement of the widest part of your hand and the length from the top of your knuckles to the point on your arm where you want the fingerless gloves to end. Use the finished hem of the T-shirt as the bottom edge of your rectangle and one end of your gloves will already be sewn.

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    Fold the rectangles in half lengthwise, with the right sides of the fabric together.

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    Measure from the top edge and put in a pin to mark the length from the top of your knuckles to the beginning of your thumb on each rectangle. Put another pin in to mark the length from the top of your thumb to its base. Highlight this space with tailor's chalk, and then pin the remainder of the glove.

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    Sew along the edge of the fabric with needle and thread, using a whipstitch. When you reach the thumbhole, go down one side of the opening, catching the edge of the fabric (one layer only) with the same whipstitch. Once you reach the end of the thumbhole, resume sewing though both layers of fabric. When you get to the cuff, turn your work and sew back up the glove, whip stitching across the other side of the thumbhole opening and ending at the knuckles. Tie off your thread and trim close to the knot. Repeat for the other glove.

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    Whipstitch around the open edge of the glove for a fray-free finish. For a rougher look, stretch the edges of the unsewn T-shirt fabric so it rolls back on itself. Turn the gloves right-side out.

Tips and warnings

  • Add pattern to your gloves by cutting your rectangles so they include any design in the centre of the T-shirt. To avoid a centre pattern, cut your rectangles from the sides of the shirt.
  • Make even easier fingerless gloves by cutting the sleeves from long-sleeved shirts or sweaters and making holes to accommodate your thumbs. Decorative knee socks or tights can be cut off for this purpose as well.

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