How to make easy, versatile cosplay gloves!
It seems like every super hero to fancy historical gown requires a pair of gloves. Making gloves for cosplay can be super easy and also one of the hardest items to make. I’m going to show you how to pattern your hand and make simple versatile gloves for your next cosplay.
Skill level - Beginner
OLFA 9mm SAC-1 Stainless-Steel Graphics Knife
OLFA 28mm RTY-1/C Quick-Change Rotary Cutter
OLFA 18mm RTY-4 Quick-Change Rotary Cutter
OLFA 45mm RTY-2/NS Quick-Change Rotary Cutter
OLFA NCM-L 24" X 36" 3mm Double-Sided, Self-Healing Cutting Mat
Paper for patterning
1 yard of 4 way stretch fabric
Stretch or ball point needles for sewing machine
thread of your choice
1. First we are going to pattern our hand. Grab a marker and your hand, then trace it out on paper (I’m using cardboard here, that’s fine too). I would suggest going a bit wider of a hand placement than I have here, just so we can have enough room for seam allowance.
2. Next, give your pattern a 1/4” seam allowance.
3. Grab the Stainless-Steel Graphics Knife and cut out the pattern on your seam allowance line.
4. Now from here, it’s up to you and your design. I extended my pattern for an “opera length” style glove, so I added more paper and traced my arm to my elbow. Here is where you make those pattern design modifications. Don’t forget to add your seam allowance!
5. Let’s cut out your completed pattern. I used my 28 mm Quick-Change Rotary Cutter to cut it out. I love the smaller rotary cutters here because they can get into those tight curves.
6. Ok, you have your pattern, let’s take it to the fabric! But instead of cutting the fabric, we are going to mark your pattern on the fabric. I repeat, do not cut out the fabric yet.
7. Using chalk, go around the edges and make your marks. Feel free to spread the fingers out a little bit more here so you can mark everything evenly.
8. Once you have your marks, carefully pin the fabric together. Still, do not cut yet.
9. Repeat this for the other hand.
10. Ok now you can grab your 45 mm Quick-Change Rotary Cutter and cut the fabric, but not on the marked line. Cut around the outside about 1.5” away.
11. You now have your 2 gloves with comically large seam allowances, let’s bring them to the sewing machine. Select a smaller width and length zig zag stitch on your machine, choose your thread color and prepare to sew.
12. I highly suggest you use a stretch or ball point needle for this. Stretchy fabrics hate needles not made for them and you will save yourself plenty of a headaches
13. My biggest tip is to sew just within the marked line, that should give you enough wiggle room in the glove.
14. Once you have gone all the way around your glove, try it on. DON’T CUT ANYTHING YET!
15. You will probably notice a few spots that need to be sewn again or taken in. Mark your alterations with chalk and sew those spots up.
16. Don’t try to get too tight with your seams yet, you will still need to flip them inside out.
17. Now you’ve done all your alterations, grab both the 28mm and the 45mm Rotary Cutters and trim away that extra seam allowance leaving about 1/4” to 1/8” left for the glove.
18. Turn them inside out, add a hem on the edge if you want, and you are finished! Enjoy your quick and easy cosplay gloves.
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