How To Make Fingerless Gloves – From An Upcycled Cardigan

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I love upcycling clothes that I cannot donate or sell. And this week as I was clearing out my daughter’s school clothes in preparation for the upcoming start of the new school year I found a perfect candidate for upcycling. Furthermore, it is the solution to a small problem for me too. As the cost of living crisis hits this winter, I think lots of us who work from home will need to stay warm even if our heating is off. So here is how to make fingerless gloves from an upcycled cardigan or old sweater. These gloves without fingers will mean that I can carry on typing or sewing even if it gets really cold in my house.

How To Make Fingerless Gloves From An Upcycled Cardigan Or Sweater

As a non knitting or crochet person, I can’t really knit fingerless gloves nor follow a crochet pattern. So this is my next best thing. This old cardigan was too small and had a big black mark on the back, so I knew it had to go. Using an old cardigan is a really easy way of making these DIY fingerless gloves. I found that the cuff banding on my daughters old cardigan fitted perfectly around my wrist.

So would you like step by step instructions on how I made my version of cut off finger gloves? Then read on!

You Will Need


Materials needed for fingerless gloves

  • An old Sweater – this one was my daughter’s school fleece. It had a huge black mark on the back so couldn’t be donated.
  • Fabric scissors – as these are better for cutting the thick fabric cleanly and accurately
  • Seam / stitch ripping tool (optional)
  • Coordinating thread and needle.

You can use a sewing machine to make these, but I actually sewed my prototype pair by hand. 

How To Make DIY Fingerless Gloves

First, I placed my hand inside the sleeve of the sweater. I marked a line about half way up my fingers. This marked the cutoff line so that once I hemmed this edge it would end up being at the level or just above the level of when my fingers start. I also marked on the already sewn seam where my thumb hole should be, marking the line down at the base of where my thumb could be felt inside the sleeve.

Marking A Line For My Fingers on the fingerless gloves

Next, I used my sharp fabric scissors to cut straight across the cardigan sleeve along the line I had marked. 

Cutting Along The line with sharp fabric scissors

I placed the cut sleeve directly on top of the other sleeve and cut this in the same place so that both gloves would match. I also marked the thumb hole position marking upon the seam of the second sleeve.

Cutting the second glove from the second sleeve

Next, I used a seam ripper tool to open up the thumb hole. I unpicked the hole as far as I had marked.

Using a seam ripper on the seam for the thumb hole

Then checked that my thumb was in the right place once the glove was placed on my hand. Once I was happy that my thumb hole was in the right place, I did some hand sewing to neaten up this hole. This reinforces the opening at both ends to stop it opening further, and sewing down the edges of the hole prevent the fabric from fraying. 

Neatening up the thumb hole edges to prevent fraying

(Note: if you wish to know how to keep fingerless gloves from fraying this is an important step. When you cut into fabric, depending on which fabric you use, it may leave you with an edge that is susceptible to fray. If your cardigan is the knitted or woven material, it is very important to finish the edges of any holes that you cut. A blanket stitch is the perfect solution if you have used an old woolen knitted sweater to make these fingerless gloves)

I then also hemmed the top edge of the fingers hole. I turned the fabric back by about 1/2 inch (1 cm) then sewed this by hand, though again I could have used a sewing machine.

Hemming the top edge of the fingerless gloves

Finally I placed the glove onto my hand and placed hand stitches in-between my fingers to draw the fabric together at certain points around my fingers. 

Placing stitches to demarcate the fingers

I repeated all these steps with the second glove and my fingerless gloves were complete!

How To Make Fingerless Gloves - DIY fingerless gloves or cutoff gloves from upcycled cardigan or old sweater. Perfect for working in the cold!

I think these are pretty cute fingerless gloves that have cost me nothing! And I am sure that they will be some of the best fingerless gloves for typing. Whilst keeping my hands nice and warm too. 

Best of all, the rest of the fabric from this old cardigan won’t be going to waste. Follow along to see what I make with the remainder of this fleecy fabric. I have already decided what I’m going to make!

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How To Make Fingerless Gloves - DIY fingerless gloves or cutoff gloves from upcycled cardigan or old sweater. Perfect for working in the cold!

2 Replies to “How To Make Fingerless Gloves – From An Upcycled Cardigan”

  1. Kim Carberry says:

    This is such a good idea especially with none of us wanting to switch our heating on in the colder months because of the energy crisis. I usually just cut the fingers off old gloves but these seem much cosier. x

    1. Jo Boyne says:

      Thank you Kim. This type of gloved is going to be particularly useful to me in these winter months for blogging and sewing!


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