A great way to showcase a small amount of really special fabric. They get lots of use and visibility, totally practical, easy to make and always welcomed as gifts. A perfect project for a few spare hours.
You will need:
*Fabric for the glove outers - about 50cm x 70cm. Make it something special and make sure it is machine washable
*Fabric for the glover inners - about 50cm x 80cm. Ditto the machine washable and make sure it co ordinates well with the outers.
*Cotton batting to line the gloves - about 100cm x 70cm
*Hanging loops - I used cotton tape 12mm wide x 30cm long, but scraps of either your inner out outer fabric would do
*Thread for the sewing machine
*Scissors, pins, iron
How to do it:
1. Cut 4 outer mitts. Make em bigger than you think they could possibly need to be and then add a bit. You'll lose a lot of size in the seams and because of the batting and other layers and there's nothing worse than small mitts. Make sure you have right sides facing so you have two pairs of outers and not 4 all facing the same way. Pay attention to the pattern if you need to so bits face the same way and all that.
2. Cut 4 inner mitts. These are basically the same as the outers but a fraction smaller in every way except length. Make them about 5cm longer so you can turn the excess up as a cuff later.
3. Cut 8 pieces of batting. Make them the size of your outer mitts minus the seam allowance.
4. Quilt each of the outers to a piece of batting. Use a contrast topstitch. Go crazy. Press good and proper so they are nice and flat.
5. With right sides facing sew each pair of outers together everywhere except across the bottom opening. Trim the excess seam allowance from around the curves. And clip in to the crook of the thumb.
6. Turn the outers right side out and press the side seams open.
7. Quilt the inners to the batting. Yep, all 4 of them. Press them well. Then sew them together, clip and trim as for outers.
8. Put the inners in the outers. Makes sense, huh? Make sure you get them in good and tight as far as they will go. The bottom edges of the inners should be horizontal with the bottom edge of the outers.
9. Turn up the excess edge of the inners by 1-2 cm and then turn again to form a neat folded cuff all the way around the bottoms that encloses the raw edge of the outers. Slip the hanging loop between the outer and folded cuff on the side seam and pin in place.
10. Hem all round the bottom edge making sure you catch the loops well and add a few extra rows of stitching for strength.