DIY Fingerless Gloves

by Nancy Bates Dapkiewicz
and Sam Brelsfoard

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Fingerless Gloves: Step-by Step

Things you’ll need:

  • 2 pieces of fleece fabric, cut to 7” x 9” 
  • sewing thread
  • Scissors
  • Pins 
  • A sewing needle
  • Tape measure or ruler
  • Optional odds and ends to use for decorations: buttons, beads, embroidery floss, scraps of fleece or wool felt
  1. Fold each piece of the fleece in half so they measure 7” tall and 4.5” wide (be sure that the ‘right’ side of the fabric is on the inside of the fold and the ‘wrong’ side of the fabric is facing out. The ‘right side’ is the side you want to see once the garment is turned right-side out.  Aka ‘the pretty side’).
  1. Place your hand flat on the fleece so the base of your fingers lines up with the top edge of the fabric.  Position your thumb so it is at a 90 degree angle to the back of your hand.
  1. Place pins just above and below your thumb (this will indicate where you will not be sewing, because that’s where the thumb hole will be).

Sewing Tips: If you are sewing by hand, use the backstitch so you won’t have any drafty gaps in  your gloves. You want to create a ¼” seam allowance. This means you stitch about ¼” in from the long edge of the fleece.  Always be sure all of your knots are good and tight!

  1. Sew a straight line (you’re sewing on the long edge of the fleece) between the top edge of the glove and the top mark of the thumb hole. 
  1. Sew a straight line (you’re sewing on the long edge of the fleece) between the bottom edge of the glove and the bottom mark of the thumb hole.
  1. At the thumbhole (that’s the gap you’ve created between the 2 lines of stitches): Carefully snip in about ¼” from the long edge and fold back the little flap you’ve created. You will do this twice on each glove.
  1. Sew down the little flaps you’ve created to anchor them in place. Be careful you don’t accidentally sew through to the other side of the glove (tip: keep one hand inside the glove while doing this. You may stab yourself a tiny bit, but the risk is worth it!).
  1. Turn each glove right-side out and decorate to your heart’s content.
  1. Enjoy your gloves, you stitchin’ rockstar!

Nancy Bates Dapkiewicz

NBD is a factory-trained photographer who has had her own scissors and tape since age 5. She is the adult child of a magpie and a book-hoarding dragon and has simply learned to live with the resulting tendencies and quirks. FYI, she is Team Oxford Comma. See her Instagram, SusanInAnApron, if you enjoy photos of angsty hound dogs, imperious cats, the occasional pie, and weather conditions in New England.

Sam Brelsfoard

Sam Brelsfoard is a musician and artist who splits his time between Massachusetts and Maine.