Fingerless Gloves from a Sweater

Fingerless Gloves from a Sweater,

Remember last winter when I showed you how to make fun stuff from old sweaters? I put new life into these old sweaters by upcycling them into Bootcuffs, and Mittens. (Oh, wow, I really need to redo those photos, lol).

Well, I personally really like fingerless gloves and honestly, they are much, much easier to sew than mittens. This is a super quick project with no knitting or crochet required.

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– Old Sweater
– Fabric Scissors or
Rotary Cutter and Rotary Cutting Mat
Sewing Machine or Needle & Thread
– Ruler

Fingerless Gloves from a Sweater,

Fingerless Gloves from a Sweater,

Measure & Cut

First, you need to decide how long you want your fingerless gloves to be, then cut the sleeves 1″ longer to allow for the hem. I wanted mine to be 9″ long so I cut the sleeves off at 10″ from the cuff. If your sweater is very bulky, you may want to pin the edges before cutting them so keep it from raveling.

Fingerless Gloves from a Sweater,

Hem the Edge

Turn your sleeve inside out, fold over about 1″ of the cut edge, pin in place and stitch all the way around. Again, if your sweater is particularly bulky, you may need to stitch twice. (Sorry, my camera had a brain-fart so I don’t have a pic of this step)

Stitch the Thumb-hole

Fingerless Gloves from a Sweater,

Put your hand in the sleeve to figure out where to stitch the seam for the thumb. You may need another person to help you with this. On the inside of the sleeve, sew a ‘V’ between thumb and forefinger. I double stitched to make sure it would hold up. Next, you want to carefully cut out the ‘V’.

Turn right side out and repeat with the second sleeve. The sleeves for this sweater were nice and snug on my arms. If yours are too loose, simply fit it to your arm, pin and sew along the inside.

These fingerless gloves also make great gifts!

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Fingerless Gloves from a Sweater,

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  1. Love this idea! I have plenty of old sweaters I could make warm, cozy things with! Thanks for sharing with Small Victories Sunday Linkup and hope you join us again this weekend! Pinning to our linkup board.

  2. That is so very clever and it looks so good and warm. Thanks so much for coming to the party with this helpful post.
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  3. This is really clever. I have several old wool sweaters that have seen better days and shrunk a bit by mistake. They would be perfect. Thanks for posting.