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)
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.
4. Set your sewing machine to zig zag stitch. Zig zag stitches have a little stretch. Here it’s #4.
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.
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.
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!