Creating gloves for little hands

by Jen Lee Reeves on January 25, 2013 · 10 comments

in 2013, clothes

Last week on Born Just Right’s Facebook page, there was a really great conversation about how to help our kids stay warm in the cold weather. Jessica Peters shared with me how to alter gloves and she even put together a step-by-step guide so you can give this a try as well!

How to alter knit gloves (like the ones you can get at the grocery for a dollar)
All you need is a simple glove you can find at many stores
1. Determine how much of the glove needs removed based on the person’s hand.

2. Carefully cut off the part of the glove that isn’t needed, leaving a small amount of material for hemming. 1/4 inch (for baby size) up to 1 inch for adult size.

3. Turn the glove inside out.
You can turn the trimmed glove inside out to start the sewing.

4. Set your sewing machine to zig zag stitch. Zig zag stitches have a little stretch. Here it’s #4.
Set the stitch to zig zag.
5. Slowly zig zag stitch the hole closed. At the beginning and end of sewing you should sew forward three stitches and then backstitch three stitches to secure your thread. Notice how close the needle is to the edge of the fabric.
Slowly stitch the hole closed
Slow and steady as you sew.It looks kind of cool from this angle.
6. Turn the glove right side out. If you like your work, you can turn it back inside out and carefully cut off any of the glove that is sticking out from the seam, if you need to. Don’t cut too close or it will not be secure. Also clip the extra thread off.
What it should look like with zig zag stitches This is what it looks like once you turn it right side out.

Knit gloves will look a little lumpy at first but once they’re on the person they’ll stretch out and look nice. My daughter prefers to wear several layers of knit because it allows her to make snowballs the way a mitten won’t.

Jessica also has tips on how to trim thicker gloves… Don’t worry! A how to on that is coming very soon. Thanks so much to Jessica for sharing this for all of us!

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{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

Lynette F. January 27, 2013 at 1:51 pm

Thank you for this tutorial! sharing it with my friends. God bless!

Danielle Cuttaia January 27, 2013 at 5:48 pm

Any ideas how to modify a hockey glove. My son has a right hand limb defect and plays hockey. The glove slips off and is uncomfortable for him. Thanks any input would be great

Jen Lee Reeves January 29, 2013 at 10:10 am

Danielle – that’s a great question. We should ask readers and our Facebook friends.

Jessica February 4, 2013 at 5:07 pm

Hi Danielle, I did the tutorial. Have you found an answer yet?I’m not familar with Hockey Gloves but let’s see what we can figure out for you. Hockey gloves look really thick, can you tell me what they’re made out of? How much of the glove do you think needs taken off in order to fit correctly?

Jen Lee Reeves February 6, 2013 at 12:18 pm

Here’s an interesting thing I’ve learned in my research about gloves. Shriners will actually help create customized gloves, like hockey gloves for kids who need it. If you live near a Shriner’s you should try contacting them. I’m really excited to have learned this little tip!

danielle cuttaia February 6, 2013 at 7:45 pm

I have heard that scriner’s will do modifications, unfortunately i do not live close to one. I did some research through our local leather artisan, he had some great ideas how to change the shape of the glove. I am going to buy an inexpensive pair for him to do a test run on. Really hoping it works. I wll keep you posted. I think I will research where the closest t shriner’s hospital is and look into it. Thanks for all of the great ideas and helpful comments. It is nice to have a support group.

Danielle Cuttaia February 6, 2013 at 7:49 pm

Hockey gloves are stiff and made of leather and a heavy foam. They are not very pliable and the fingers are thick. Very padded. They do not have much give to them until they are very broken in. He is only 5 so he has not played enough yet to get his gloves to soften. Thanks for your input I really appreciate it

Kristin November 13, 2013 at 1:43 pm

I just found this and thank you! I am not crafty at all and have never customized gloves for my 7 year old. I feel bad now because it seems so easy!

Jen Lee Reeves November 13, 2013 at 4:05 pm

I know, Kristin! I would have never thought of this process. I’m so glad we have other families that come up with ideas for us all to share!

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