Make Your Own Touch-Screen Gloves
Amanda Kaufmann | Date posted: January 22nd, 2013
In the thick of winter, feeling the frosty wind nip at your nose, the last thing you want to do is take off your gloves to send a text or do a search on a smart phone. It’s so cold! Stores have started putting out an answer to the problem (gloves that are compatible with touch-screen devices) but, as is my philosophy with everything sewing, I’d rather make them myself!
What you need:
- A pair of gloves (whatever kind you want – I chose knit because it’s easier to sew through)
- Conductive thread (a good rule of thumb – pun intended! – Is 12″ per finger)
- Needle threader (conductive thread likes to unravel, so a threader may save you a headache)
- Thread the needle so that you will be sewing with a single strand. Tie a knot about 1″ from the bottom end of the thread.
- Try on the glove and figure out where on your fingertip you should sew the thread. Start sewing from the inside of the glove so that the knot and tail end of the thread are on the inside. I remove my hand to do this, but you may keep your hand in the glove to start as long as you’re careful not to poke yourself!
- You can sew whatever shape you want, but threads that are sewn more condensed seem to work better.
- When you are finished with your design, turn the glove finger inside out and knot the thread as close as you can to the fabric. Then cut off the excess, leaving a small tail. Weave both tail ends under the stitches to tuck them away.
- Try them out! It is important that you’re finger is touching the thread on the inside. If there’s some conductivity error, you can always go back and sew some more stitches onto your original design.
Amanda Kaufmann is a New York-based writer and editor. Since 2006, she has worked as a newspaper reporter, freelance columnist, book editor, website content editor, proofreader and fact-checker. She is constantly in the pursuit of...