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How-To: Craft Basic Gloves

Here's a great tutorial for those wanting custom gloves!

Difficulty Easy

Time Less than 10 hours

Budget More than $50 and less than $100

How to make gloves
Photos provided by Michelle Krikowa

What you need:

  • 4-way stretch spandex or lycra
  • Matching thread
  • A sewing machine
  • Pattern Paper (I used butchers’ paper)
  • Ruler or measuring tool
  • Pins
  • Fabric Scissors
  • Paper Scissors
  • Marker (one color is fine, I’ve used 2 different colors for this one)
  • Stretch sewing needles
  • Seam ripper

Step 1. Using your marker trace your hand onto the paper, keeping your marker perpendicular to the paper

How to make gloves
How to make gloves
How to make gloves

Step 2. Using your measuring tool measure 1cm around the outside of all the fingers. There will be some overlap, that’s ok!

How to make gloves
How to make gloves

Step 3. On the lines that intersect, mark it with a dot, then rule a line to the base of each finger, then draw around the line markings and cut with your paper scissors. You’ll end up with a bit of a cartoonish looking hand where the fingers look a little big at the top.

How to make gloves
How to make gloves
How to make gloves

Step 4. Trim the top of the fingers so they look a little less cartoonish leaving enough room for seams. Whenever I do this, I also measure about 5cm down the finger to make sure it’s all consistent. However this is completely optional.

How to make gloves
How to make gloves

Step 5. Place this on your fabric in 2 layers, right sides together and then pin and cut with your fabric scissors. Take the pattern off and pin everything in place.

How to make gloves
How to make gloves

Step 6. Place your fabric in the machine where the fabric is lined up with the right side of the presser foot. Don’t forget to change the needle. Before you start sewing, I recommend you test out on a scrap piece of fabric to make sure that your machine is sewing correctly. For sewing stretch fabrics, you can’t use a straight stitch and you’ll need to use a narrow zig-zag(10), a lightning bolt stitch(4) or a triple straight stitch(17). I used a triple stitch for this one. Sew around the entire glove.

How to make gloves
How to make gloves

Step 7. Before you reverse it, make sure to clip at the base between the fingers and trim back any excess fabric around the fingers. These have been marked in red to demonstrate (however you shouldn’t mark your fabric).

How to make gloves
How to make gloves

Step 8. Ta-da! You now have a glove. Reverse it and try it on and see if you need to make any alterations.

How to make gloves
How to make gloves
How to make gloves

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Michelle Krikowa

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Cosplayer of 10 years, Writer and former Content Coordinator for ReedPOP, Michelle "Cora Berry" Krikowa has worked with cosplayers and companies from around the world, helping them grow and connect with the wider Cosplay community. Coming from a unique background she has a diverse perspective she's excited to share with everyone.

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