How to Make Paw Gloves

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Make fuzzy paws out of material and felt that is sewn together. This design makes fuzzy-animal-paw fingerless gloves that fit to your hand size. Fingerless gloves are simpler to make than mittens or fingered gloves. Use the gloves for costume play, Halloween or just wear them for fun. These gloves are hand sewn, so some sewing skills are necessary.

Skill level:

Things you need

  • Fuzzy animal-print material
  • 2 types of felt (pink and a colour that matches the animal print)
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Marker
  • Pins
  • Thread
  • Needle

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  1. 1

    Measure the width of your hand across the upper part of your palm. Measure just below your fingers. Make note of this number. Measure the length you want the gloves to be. Start from just below the fingers and measure as far down your wrist as you want the gloves to go. Make note of this number.

  2. 2

    Cut the matching colour felt to the measurements taken in Step 1. For example, if your hand measured 6 inches wide and 8 inches long, you would cut the felt 6 inches by 8 inches. Cut two pieces.

  3. 3

    Cut the fuzzy material to the size measured in Step 1, but add 1/2 inch to the width. For example, if your hand measures 6 inches wide and the length is 8 inches, you would cut the material 6.5 inches wide and 8 inches long. Cut two pieces.

  4. 4

    Place one of the pieces of felt on the work surface. Rest your left hand over the felt so that the top lands right below your fingers. Place your thumb out from the side of the felt where it would rest comfortably. Do not stretch your thumb out straight. It will sit at an angle. Mark the edge of the felt where your thumb rests over the edge. Place two marks, one above and below the thumb. This is where your thumb will go when wearing the glove. This piece of felt is for your left hand. You may want to mark an "L" on the material.

  5. 5

    Repeat Step 4 with the other piece of felt but use your right hand. Mark an "R" on the material, if necessary.

  6. 6

    Place one of the pieces of felt over the inside of your hand. Any markings on felt should be toward your palm. The top should be just below your fingers. Mark the felt with the marker where the pads of the paw will be placed. Make a mark at the centre of your palm, and four marks just below your fingers.

  7. 7

    Cut the pads of the paws out of pink felt. Cut a circle for the middle pad and four smaller ovals for the upper pads. The size of the circle and ovals depends on the size of your hands.

  8. 8

    Sew the pads to the marks made on the felt. Use a matching colour thread so it will not be noticeable.

  9. 9

    Repeat Steps 6 through 8 with the other piece of felt.

  10. 10

    Place one of the pieces of fuzzy material on the work surface so that the fuzzy side is facing up. Place one of the felt pieces on top of the fuzzy material so that the marks face up. Center the felt in the middle of the fuzzy material. You should have 1/4 inch extra of the fuzzy material on each side.

  11. 11

    Fold the extra fuzzy material on the right side so it rests over the edge of the felt. Pin the material to the felt all along the side.

  12. 12

    Sew along the pinned area using the needle and thread. Pull out the pins as you go. Do not sew between the marks you made for the thumbs. You will leave a hole for each thumb.

  13. 13

    Repeat Steps 11 and 12 with the left side of the glove. Turn the glove inside out.

  14. 14

    Repeat Steps 10 through 13 with the other glove.

Tips and warnings

  • For the first time making these fingerless gloves, use a soft material and not one that has long pieces of fur sticking out. The fur can be difficult to sew.
  • The gloves can be glued with a hot glue gun, but they will not last as long as sewing. Washing them will make the glue wear out faster. Sewn gloves can be washed.
  • Try not to get the left and right glove pieces mixed up. Remember that the holes for the gloves will always be on the inner side. Marking the glove pieces will help prevent a mix up.

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