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Perfect for keeping your cash or tickets safe in a crowded place.
Ever been to a gig, event or festival and spent the whole time paranoid that your bag is going to get snatched? Worry no more! This simple project will keep your money safe without you needing to worry about who is looming over your shoulder.

The hardest part of this project is probably finding 3 inch zips! I bought mine from zipit on etsy after spending way too long looking in shops for them!

This tutorial will take you through all the stages from making the pattern to finishing the project off.

(in case the materials get deleted again:)
-Just over half a fat quarter of fabric.
-2 x 3 inch zips
-A needle& thread or a sewing machine
-Paper for the pattern
-A pen

Posted by Vicky from Colchester, England, United Kingdom • Published See Vicky's 42 projects »

  • How to make fingerless gloves. Gig Gloves - Step 1
    Step 1

    Draw around your hand onto the paper.

    Draw the rough shape of your fingerless glove around the hand, draw one side completely straight (this will cut down the amount of sewing you need to do!). Make sure it's bigger or you won't be able to get it on!!

    Trace around this piece so you have two shapes.

  • How to make fingerless gloves. Gig Gloves - Step 2
    Step 2

    On one of your pieces draw your pocket. Use your zip to get the width of the opening.

    Cut the pocket piece out.

  • How to make fingerless gloves. Gig Gloves - Step 3
    Step 3

    At this stage you should have your two pattern pieces.

  • How to make fingerless gloves. Gig Gloves - Step 4
    Step 4

    **Remember to add seam allowance at this point!**

    Cut two of your main glove piece on the fold of your fabric so you end up with two double pieces.

    Then cut 4 of your pocket piece, adding double seam allowance at the top (this will be needed later!)

    If you're economical you can get it all out of just over half of a fat quarter.

  • How to make fingerless gloves. Gig Gloves - Step 5
    Step 5

    Mark on your fabric with pins where your zip is going then pin it in place on the back of your fabric.
    Repeat on the opposite side of the other glove.


  • How to make fingerless gloves. Gig Gloves - Step 6
    Step 6

    Sew the pocket pieces with the faces together. Only sew as far as the start of your seam allowance.

    Finish these seams well! The pocket will get a lot of wear. You can use the zigzag overlocking technique to give a reasonably strong edge.

  • How to make fingerless gloves. Gig Gloves - Step 7
    Step 7

    Slit open the lines of your zips. Be very careful! You only get one chance at this.

    Unpin the zip and take it off for now. It will be easy to reposition because of the slit.

  • How to make fingerless gloves. Gig Gloves - Step 8
    Step 8

    Feed the pocket through the slit.

    Fold the double seam allowance you added to the pocket over to face the edge of the slit.
    This is fiddly, but not difficult, just keep trying!

  • How to make fingerless gloves. Gig Gloves - Step 9
    Step 9

    Push half the zip into the hole and pin in. You will need to fold the ends over.

    I advise sewing this half first to stop yourself getting pricked to death by all the pins!

    Unfortunately you'll have to install the zip by hand rather than by machine to avoid sewing the pocket closed (luckily the zip is pretty short! Haha!)

  • How to make fingerless gloves. Gig Gloves - Step 10
    Step 10

    I can't seem to explain the next step but hopefully the picture is descriptive enough.

    You need to pin and sew the other side of the zip and the facing like I have it pinned there.

    Because you have to pin the zip when it is open I suggest testing that the zip closes before you sew it in.

  • How to make fingerless gloves. Gig Gloves - Step 11
    Step 11

    Repeat the pocket installation for the second glove.

    You should now have zips and pockets sewn into both of your glove pieces!

  • Step 12

    We're on the home straight now!! :D

    Next you need to fold the glove in half face to face and sew the small length above the thumb hole and the length below the thumb hole. Make sure you don't sew the thumb hole up!!

  • Step 13

    At this point I realized I'd been a smart sausage and hadn't made the arm part of my gloves big enough to fit my hand through!

    If this happens to you then you need to sew a triangle of fabric into the seam of your gloves to make them big enough.

  • Step 14

    The next step is to hem the top and bottom of the glove. Pretty simple :)

  • Step 15

    Next you have a choice, you can either hem the thumb hole as it is and just have a hole, or you can make a thumb like I am.

    To make the pattern lay your glove completely flat on your paper and draw around the opening, then lay your hand on the glove in the right position and draw around your thumb. Add seam allowances and cut out 4 of the pieces out of your fabric.

  • Step 16

    Sew the side seams on the thumb and hem the top. You'll probably need to do the hem by hand- it'll be rather a tight squeeze on machine.

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