49-Cent Friday Refashion: Fingerless Gloves Tutorial

I’m so excited to show you today’s refashion. I have been wanting to make these for the longest time, but I couldn’t because I didn’t have a serger…that is until now!

My parents got me a serger for Christmas and I can’t tell you how excited I was. I’ve been wanting one for forever!

I know you might be thinking, “Jen, Christmas was almost 2 months ago, why are you just now getting around to using your serger?”

Well, I’ve never used a serger before. I couldn’t just start using it without reading the entire manual and watching all of the informative dvd’s that came with it (twice).

I also had to purchase thread, and practice multiple times on scrap fabric before I felt comfortable enough to be able to use it on a real project.

To be quite honest, I also put off using it because I was a bit intimidated, but once I finally forced myself to try it out, I realized how silly I was being.

This machine is the bomb!

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Isn’t she pretty?

The first project I made with it was 2 pair of leggings for my daughter.
That was a great first project because the stitches were hidden on the inside of the leggings, so it made it easier to get used to the machine without worrying that my stitches would show (They got a bit wonky here and there while I was warming up to it).
Once I finished sewing those I was confident enough to work on something where the stitches could be seen.

I knew that I would need several different colors of fabric for this project, so I chose these:

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Yep, these shrunken sweaters just won’t do as-is.

I don’t know if you can tell from the above picture, but the red and grey sweaters have strands of sparkly silver threads woven into them, giving them a shimmery effect. I thought that paired with the plain black sweater, they would complement each other well.

The grey and red sweaters I was lucky enough to purchase for 49-cents. The black sweater was given to me…for FREE!
Each had shrunken up over time and needed to be refashioned into something more flattering.

Since I didn’t have a pattern for fingerless gloves (and didn’t feel like spending money on one), I knew I was going to have to figure out how to make these without one.

I started by cutting off the sleeves from each sweater:

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Sleeves, check!

I trimmed the ribbing off the end of the sleeves that still had them. I can use those for future mittens I might want to make.

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I’ll use these later.

Once the cuffs were removed, I opened up the sleeves…

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…and then trimmed them into strips:

Refashioned Fingerless Gloves Tutorial | Diary of a MadMama


Once I had enough strips cut to make two pairs of fingerless gloves, I started sewing them together.

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Sewing strips.

This is how the first two looked:

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So far so good!

Then continued sewing…

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Almost there…

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I love these colors together.

After stitching all the strips together for both gloves, they looked like this:

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lookin’ good!

I wanted to make sure they would fit good, so I took one of the sewn strips of material and wrapped it around my arm and pinned like so:

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Once it was pinned in place, I carefully slid my hand back out and trimmed along the pins:

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Then I took the pins out and placed the newly trimmed piece on top of the untrimmed piece…

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Matching them up.

…and then I trimmed the other piece to match the top one:

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Once they were both trimmed to the perfect size, I ran both edges through the serger.

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Then I folded it over and marked the spot where my thumb would go through to make sure I didn’t stitch that down.

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Marking the thumb-hole.

After the thumb-hole was marked, I moved the pins over (so they’d be out of the way of the serger needles) and stitched all the way down (except for the spot for my thumb):

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Ah, a perfect thumb-hole.

Pretty cool, huh?

After finishing off the second glove, they were all done!

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I LOVE these!

If you’re wondering what I plan on doing with the rest of the sweaters, I have something really cool planned that I can’t wait to share with you. Stay tuned!

What projects have you been working on?


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15 thoughts on “49-Cent Friday Refashion: Fingerless Gloves Tutorial

  1. Congratulations on the serger! You seams look beautiful, so all that homework and practice really payed off! I’m afraid those are still way too intimidating for me that I haven’t even thought about wanting one! Someday maybe. 🙂

    These are awesome! Great job. 🙂

    • Thanks Desarae!
      The Brother model that I have is a perfect serger to start with. It comes already threaded and is really easy to thread and use. I’m a visual learner so the dvd’s really helped. And it’s much less expensive than some bigger more complicated models.

  2. Sergers are amazing, aren’t they? What a lovely gift from your folks. I would also put off using it out of intimidation. I’m glad you forged ahead and now look what you’ve made! I never would have thought of that. Tres cool my dear.

      • Yes, Thanks for asking. I’m planting seeds for the start of my summer garden. Can you believe that we are less than for weeks away from spring in the Northern Hemisphere. Pretty exciting.

      • I absolutely cannot believe that! My husband is driving home right now from work and it normally takes him three hours, but because of the horrible roads/weather, it has taken him 5 1/2 hours and counting! I’m so tired of winter!
        I tried to start seeds indoors last year. I started them sometime early-mid March and spent so much time making sure to do everything right. I even placed them outdoors in their containers for a week before transplanting them in my raised bed gardens and none of them came up! I didn’t have a garden last year. I was so sad! I think I’ll have to stick with purchasing plants from a nursery. :/

        How many different types of plants are you planting?

      • Your poor husband has a three hour commute! That sounds dreadful. Does he drive six hours every day? And then the pile on of the terrible weather. Boy, my heart goes out to both of you.

        As for your transplants, how disappointing for you to put in all that effort for not. Chances are some critter ate the seedlings before they came up. That’s happened to me, too. Since your growing season is shorter, may as well take advantage of the nursery starter plants.

        What I also learned the hard way is that some plants do best with direct sowing (not from seedlings). This includes pumpkins and sunflowers seeds. The problem is that both of those seeds are also tasty to squirrels. My eventual work around was to cover the garden bed with steal mesh till the seeds turned into sprouts. Then they leave them alone…till harvest time.

        I have two, 4 x 4 raised beds for vegetables…pretty small, but manage to grow pumpkins, tomatoes, basil, strawberries and raspberries.

        This winter we grew carrots and garden peas. Yum and yum!

      • Wow! Your garden sounds delicious! Thanks for the great tips!

        My kids and I have only seen my husband on the weekends for the last 10 months. It has been the worst 10 months of my life!
        We have FINALLY found a (semi) affordable place to rent in the area of where he’s working and will be able to move in about 2 weeks from now.
        I will still be living in both houses for the next 3 months however, with the kiddos. So still a lot of driving back and forth, but this time for me. Before we found the house (or had any hope to), I already spent a fortune on my daughter’s dance costumes for her dance recital and competition. Since she has dance class twice a week, we decided to make the sacrifice for the next three months of dance before the recital. It will also most likely be her last year of dance and she has put so much time and effort into it, I would feel so guilty to make her quit. :/
        We will be moving stuff in vanloads every weekend (little by little). I’m hoping to still be able to find the time to keep up with my sewing as well as homeschooling and all the driving, packing and moving we’ll be doing. Prayers are greatly appreciated!!! 😉 Ha!

        I’m also hoping to be able to have a garden in the new house. I’m not sure if the owners would have any problems with that. If so, I guess I’ll just have to downsize to a potted, mini-garden. I do know of an awesome CSA within walking distance, so there’s that!

      • Oh you poor thing. I had forgotten about this. I think you mentioned it early on in another comment. That sounds grueling for all of you, but what a good heart you have, allowing your daughter to stay and participate in something that is so important to her. That is lovely.

        I’m glad to hear that an end is in site. You’ll have a new place together as the summer arrives and time to settle in.

        I would hate to think any owner would discourage a garden. I think they enhance a home. Sending you good thoughts and happier, less stressful days ahead. xox

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