The upcycled-sweater craze is something I'm a fan of. I've made legwarmers and even a skirt out of the bottom half of a men's sweater vest. I get it. It's fun. Sweaters are everywhere in thrift stores and admittedly something I am working on not having too many of anymore.
Recently I decided to try my hand at felting. I found a 100% wool sweater at Salvation Army and using these instructions from Mother Earth News magazine, I shrunk it down to the size a five-year-old would fit into. But what to make? I wanted to do something different. So, I decided on a pair of soft, fingerless gloves. I am endlessly pulling one glove off to answer my phone, to wipe my son's nose or because of sheer overheating.
So, here are you, DIY #2. And the best part is that you don't need a sewing machine!
P.S. Please excuse the 1980s yellow background of my photos. I didn't think about the mustard-yellow tablecloth I was laying stuff down on. Or enjoy it? Maybe you're partial to the 1980s and mustard yellow? Me? -- the only thing I liked about the 80s were the movies. ANYWAY...
|You can't tell because of my less-than-stellar picture-taking abilities, |
but this is a pretty, plum purple color.
One 100% wool sweater, felted
STEP 2: Put your hand backwards into the sleeve. Using the chalk, make a line across from your index to your pinky finger, in between your knuckles and second knuckles of your fingers. Check to make sure the distance from the top of the ribbed section to the line you drew is close to the measurement you took in Step 1. It will be at an angle. Do this for both hands, using both sleeves of the sweater.
STEP 3: Cut along each line.
STEP 4: Slip your hand into the newly cut glove. Using the chalk, draw a circle over the second knuckle of your thumb. Do this for both gloves.
STEP 5: Cut out the circle you drew over each thumb knuckle on both gloves. Slip your hand back in; it should look similar to this.
STEP 6: Fold the excess fabric in between your thumb and index finger towards your palm, creating a slight pleat.
STEP 7: Using the embroidery floss of your choice and the needle, begin at the pleat and secure it in place using a blanket stitch. Continue around to finish the top edges and the thumb holes for both gloves.
And you're done!