How to Make Fingerless Gloves Out of Fabric

    by Patricia H. Reed

    About the Author

    Patricia Hamilton Reed has written professionally since 1987. Reed was editor of the "Grand Ledge Independent" weekly newspaper and a Capitol Hill reporter for the national newsletter "Corporate & Foundation Grants Alert." She has a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from Michigan State University, is an avid gardener and volunteers at her local botanical garden.


    Keep your hands and arms warm and your fingers free with fingerless gloves. Whether used for warmth when typing or crafting or used as a fashionable accessory, fingerless gloves can be worn any time of year. Though often knit or crocheted, you can make these simple fingerless gloves with a fabric that has some stretch. Recycle the fabric from an old T-shirt to make some fingerless gloves that will cost your nothing but your time.

    Things You'll Need

    • Measuring tape
    • T-shirt
    • 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. The gloves can cover the hand, go to the forearm, elbow, or be "opera" length, extending to the shoulder. Measure the distance between the top of your knuckles and the beginning of your thumb, and the distance across your thumb. Write down the measurements.

    Lay out a T-shirt on a flat work surface like a table.

    Cut two rectangles from the T-shirt that are 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.

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

    Measure from the top edge and insert a pin to mark the length from the top of your knuckles to the beginning of your thumb on each rectangle. Insert another pin to mark the length from the top of your thumb to its base. Mark this space with tailor's chalk and pin the remainder of the long fingerless glove seam.

    Seam the two edges of the glove fabric with a needle and thread, with a straight stitch, 1/4-inch from the edge, to create a tube. Sew the top of the tube closed in a 1-inch area to separate the thumb from the fingers. Repeat for the other glove.

    Stretch the edges of the unsewn T-shirt fabric with your hands so the edge rolls back on itself. Turn the gloves right-side out.

    • Add pattern to your fingerless gloves by cutting your rectangles to include any design in the center of the t-shirt.
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