Fingerless Jewelry Making Gloves Tutorial

by Noreen Doll.

(Crafty Journal)

Create a pair of fingerless jewelry making gloves from a pair of knee high socks.

Here’s one of a pair I made a year ago and have really worn a lot!

They are quick to make and very inexpensive if you buy your socks at the dollar store.

Be sure to get the adult size socks, as the kids size can be too tight around your arm and fingers.

Before I purchased it, I just pulled the sock up over my arm to see how comfortable it was.

What You Need

1 Pair of Knee High Socks


Sewing Machine (or you can sew them by hand, if you prefer) – NOTE: You can also make this no-sew version of the fingerless gloves.

What You Do

1. Lay the sock out in a straight line.

2. Make your first cut just above the heel.

3. Make your second cut just below the heel.

4. Cut off the toe just where it starts to curve in.

Be sure all these cuts go straight across.

5. Take the piece that is between the heel and toe and fold it in half, as shown, with wrong sides together.

Match up the raw edges.

6. Slide this folded piece down over the raw edge of the upper part of the sock, with right sides together.

Line up all 3 edges and pin in a couple of places to keep the edges evenly together.

7. Stitch a 1/4 inch seam around the entire edge, stretching as you sew.  Use a slightly longer stitch to help give it more stretch.

I stitch around the edge a second time using a zigzag stitch, stretching while I sew. I use the same length stitch for this as I did the first seam.

8. Put the glove on to see where you want to put the thumb hole.

The center of the hole on my glove is about 3 inches down from the edge because I like it to cover my fingers sometimes when my hands are really cold.

Make the hole VERY small because it is going to stretch a lot. You can always make it bigger if you get it too small, but you can’t put any fabric back that you’ve cut off if the opening is too large.

Your fingerless jewelry making glove is finished. Now make the other one the same way.

These gloves are wonderful when the weather is cold and you want to work.

(Also see the easy no-sew version of these gloves, for jewelry artists who don’t sew!)

Sometimes when I’m working, I find the glove is too restrictive around my fingers. I just push the edge down around my palm without removing my thumb, thus freeing up my fingers.

If you need to stop to prepare food or wash your hands, you can just push the fingerless jewelry making gloves up to your wrists out of the way so you don’t have to remove them constantly.

Oh look! Someone found the toe piece I cut off and is wearing it on his head!

Now he’s sharing with a friend. His friend’s ears will stay nice and warm!

Oh no! A jackdaw has made off with one of the hats!

Noreen Doll

Crafty Journal

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  • Noreen says:

    Hi Kathi, On the first pair I made I zigzagged (with a longish stitch) around the thumb hole, but it was really difficult.

    I haven’t done anything about that with the second pair yet, but I was thinking of maybe doing a blanket stitch by hand.

    Rena says if it was her, she would just not worry about it and wear the gloves till they fell apart, and then make another pair – since the socks are so cheap.

  • Kathi says:

    Love it. I’ve seen this done with sleeves from old sweaters but think this would be a little more budget friendly. Question: Do you stitch around the thumb hole? If so, what stitch do you use?

  • Brittany says:

    So cute! My girls would love these!

  • Doni says:

    What an adorable pair of gloves! So cute to use socks to make them too. That tutorial looks very easy to follow…great job!
    thanks so much for joining me for Pearls and Lace thursday!
    I’m so glad you stopped by!

  • Shiloh says:

    Using socks for fingerless gloves is such a great idea! Lol, endless variation!:)

  • susan m. jensen says:

    I am so glad to get this pattern. I just bought a new pair of socks that will be my first fingerless one. Thanks

  • Chance says:

    So stinkin’ adorable! I love this idea! I want to go to the store right now! Forget laundry and dishes! I need to make some of these!

  • Mindie says:

    Super cute.

  • Cheryl Reed says:

    I love these! I have an extreme intolerance to sun and have even bought the expensive uv gloves just so they would look good.And here you have some that look great and are a bargain hunters dream. I am not much of a seamstress but I will definitely be making these. Thanks for sharing.

  • Mlissabeth says:

    I like the idea of going to the dollar store. I made some fingerless gloves that just covered my hands from a pair of socks where the heel and toe wore out.
    I liked the design on the top so much, I had to try it, and it worked out fine.

  • Karima says:

    What a brilliant tutorial – I have made leg warmers from socks before.

  • Karen says:

    Noreen, My hands and fingers are always cold. If I could manage to create jewelry with gloves on I certainly would. Your fingerless knee sock gloves are a brlliant solution to at least keeping my hands warmer. Thanks for this great idea.

  • Mary Anne Enriquez says:

    Wonderful! I suffer from arthritis and carpal tunnel in my hands…and wearing these gives soothing warmth, and a little bit of needed compression.

    I also use knee highs to cover my aluminum drink container in summer. I put ice water in there, and its too cold to hold. Making a sleeve of a cute sock keeps the cold from hurting my hands. No cutting or sewing needed. Just place the drink bottle in the sock, and allow the top sipping part to stay uncovered. Thats also a way to change your drink bottle to match your fashion. I use cotton or wool socks, but nylon cheapies work well too. Acrylic socks “pill” after a while.

  • Mary Anne Enriquez says:

    Oh, forgot to say…if you “blanket stitch” you will lose the stretch …so you might not want to do that around the cut edges.. Better to use “Fray Check” to keep the fiber from unraveling. Or, just cut a bigger thumb hole and then blanket stitch.

    One last thing…if you have a little girl, and she outgrows her tights…you can make these gloves and cozies too! I found some beautiful designer little girl tights marked down for 99 cents…and I took the chance I could make something with them…and I made these fingerless gloves…they go up to my elbow and are a thin “summer weight.” Just an idea.

  • Colleen says:

    I can’t wait to try this!!!! Thanks for sharing Noreen!! Yaaa no more frozen hands in the frozen wasteland of Upstate NY!!!!!!!

  • cebette murphy says:

    Since my studio is in my unheated basement I always wear fingerless gloves in the winter when I work. I’m always misplacing pairs so this is a great way to have a few more pairs on hand! I also buy the thin inexpensive “magic” (one size fits all) gloves at the dollar store and cut them off at the knuckle. They will unravel over time but no big deal at a dollar a pair.

  • Janet says:

    How cute! I’ve got a bunch of ways to knit or crochet fingerless gloves, but I’m a beginner and by the time I get to them it’ll be Christmas 2014 :-), These should help my freezing hands as soon as I get to the store and back.

  • Jen says:

    Hello everyone! I havemt posted here in awhile so thought I’d take the time to tell u about a Facebook Group that got started by me after I got involved with this section of JMJ. The name of the group if you go to Facebook, is called Physically Challenged Artist Group. We are a diverse group of men/women from all over the world who have the same common interest of keeping passion in their life by making art in spite of, and maybe even because of, our adversity from disability. If you go to Facebook and search the above name you just have to ask to join and I’ll add you. It’s a closed group only because of the private nature of the topics discussed. We are currently at 165 members. Hope to see you there!!!

  • Allie says:

    I feel a little stupid asking…but what is the point of fingerless jewelry-making gloves? Is it for those with circulatory problems?
    I ended up on this page, as I have been settling in with beadwork , a skill I discovered while unable to work at a “real” job – same as others have mentioned here. I’ve only sold pieces here and there, to avoid becoming overwhelmed by something that I picked up for distraction purposes more than anything else.
    In the meantime, Rena, I thank you for providing this forum. I’ve enjoyed looking through your site quite in the past, and only just now saw this “disabilities” section set aside. It is a comfort to come across others who are in the same boat.

  • Hi Allie! Thank you for your lovely comment. I get cold easily, so I find fingerless gloves useful when the weather is chilly, and it’s making my hands and wrists cold. I can’t make jewelry if I wear full gloves or mittens. But if my fingers are free, then I can still make jewelry! 🙂 Of course, my exposed fingers are still chilly, but it sure helps when I have the rest of my hands and wrists bundled up.

    And I thought that for people with hand and wrist issues, keeping those areas warm and cozy might help.

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