If you traced your hand to make a Thanksgiving turkey in the second grade, you are more than qualified to make these gloves. You will need a sewing machine with a zigzag stitch; a nice, sharp ball-point machine-sewing needle; and polyester or polyester-wrapped cotton thread.
If you are lucky enough to live near a fabric store that stocks Liberty of London fabrics, I recommend using one of their printed cotton jerseys for this project. Their fabric is o the highest quality, and their prints are timeless and beautiful, many of them inspired by English perennial gardens and century-old artwork.
Fabric with spandex or Lycra can shrink a lot when washed, so it's important to wash, dry and "true" the fabric before cutting and sewing. No matter how tempting it may be to try to speed up the process by skipping Step 1 and "tracing your hand directly on the fabric, you will find that making a paper pattern will produce gloves that are exactly the same size.
From the book Weekend Sewing by Heather Ross.
More than just a pair of days, a weekend is also a state of mind?a feeling of relaxation and freedom to immerse ourselves fully in a favorite activity. In Weekend Sewing, designer Heather Ross presents creative projects for clothing, accessories, and home items that can be made in a weekend or less. Some, like the Quick Garden Gloves and Ruby’s Bloomers, take a few hours; others, like the Weekend-Away Travel Bag and Trapeze Sundress, require a day or two?but all of them capture that weekend feeling. And because weekends are often the most fun when they’re social, Ross features ideas that encourage us to share our stitching and our time, such as a recipe for soup to simmer while sewing, then serve to guests later in the day, and tips for transporting a se...© 2013 Heather Ross / Abrams · Reproduced with permission.
<b>Make Glove Pattern</b>
Trace your hand on the sheet of paper, and then add a 1/8" seam allowance to the entire tracing. Use paper scissors to cut out the pattern piece.
<b>Trace and Cut Out Pattern</b>
Fold your fabric right sides together twice, first horizontally, then vertically. Then lay the pattern on the fabric, as shown, and trace around the pattern with a water-soluble fabric-marking pen or, in the case of dark fabrics, with tailor's chalk.
Pin generously and carefully cut out your pattern pieces: two front gloves and two back gloves.
<b>Join Front and Back Gloves</b>
Match up and pin each front and back glove with the right sides facing and the edges aligned.
To sew the front and back gloves together, you'll need to use a zigzag stitch since this stitch stretches, which is what's needed for a stretchy fabric like a knit. Set your sewing machine to a zigzag stitch with a short stitch-length, and start sewing at the outside wrist. Carefully stitch around each finger and back to the inside wrist. Repeat the process with the other glove.
<b>Finish Glove's Cuff</b>
With the glove still turned wrong side out, turn the glove's unfinished cuff 1/4" to the wrong side, and press the fold. Then zigzag-stitch this edge in place, capturing the raw edge underneath the zigzag stitches. Repeat the finishing process on the second glove, turn both gloves right side out using a point turner to shape fingers, and start gardening!