Adding white to gloves

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I've decided to make my own gloves, so I dyed a pair of white cotton santa clause (at least I think that's what I think they're for) gloves. Anyway, I was wondering if anyone knows what is the best/ easiest way to sew on the white patches on the fingers and back. It seems impossible to me.. Please help!


EDIT:: I have no idea why all of the sudden I can't seem to get pics to load..
I have done it twice before I got my new gloves, it is not impossible, just a pain in the butt!!
Take your glove that you are sewing your finger patch on to and insert a wooden "finger" sized dowl inside to fill it up.
Place your patch on were you want it to go and do a simple loop stich, like you would sewing an embroidered patch on to your coat or shirt, and go all the way around the patch. The reason for dowl is so you don't sew the finger closed doing the sewing.
It is just a pain in the butt and takes a long time to do it, it took me about 5 hrs per glove to do mine.
For those interested, I've abandoned my attempts to make these $&^%@!!!?$#* gloves by hand. I talked to someone who knows about these things and the originals in the movie were just parade gloves that had the white sewed on BY HAND. I looked closely at some pictures and saw it was true!!

ARGH! I hate wasting my precious prop building time...

Let this be a lesson... Get the info FIRST before you start doing things the hard way.

I used off-white garden gloves and filthied them up with a bit of dye and charcol and such until they were a light grey. Then I sewed on all the white "patches" by hand and filled the sections with padding. The gloves took me over a week because I couldn't stand to do more then a little at a time! They sucked! I think the result was awesome but I'll never do it again! :lol:
Just rip em open, sew the parts on with a machine and sew them back shut! (provided you have access to a machine that is :) )
I had the perfect base gloves..I lost one. We have a trash can beside the computer, and one must have fallen in. I can't find it anywhere!!! Ugh. So no more leads on anyone that makes em? Slave one sure is expensive and retired the glove line I think..
Not being able to find good gray "base" gloves to add the white patches to, I went about it a little differently.

While browsing the sporting goods dept. at a local WalMart SuperCenter, I discovered some nice white leather GOLF gloves made by Dunlop. They are sold individually (left or right hand) for about $7.00 each. I bought one of each to make a pair. I then sewed some gray material that I picked up in the WalMart fabric dept. for $1.00/yard (on their "sale" table), in the areas on the gloves on the back of the hands and the thumb that have gray on them. In a stroke of sheer LUCK, these gloves are made with GRAY between the fingers, so that's even LESS sewing to do! :)

It made sense to me, that when you look at the gloves you see more white than gray ANYway, so why sew all of that white material on? There's less gray on the gloves, so sewing the gray material instead of the white is easier (to me) and a time saver (to me). Although not "100% correct", it's pretty hard to tell on my gloves which material is sewn onto the other (and I'm not telling anyone my secret other than YOU guys!). ;)

Just thought that I'd give an example of another way you can arrive at the same destination. Hope this helps someone, especially since white gloves are easier to find than gray ones. :D

Here's a pic. Sorry about the image quality.

I was going to say what Maxplague said. *L*

I'm making a pair of Jodo Kast gloves from scratch but I think you could do some of the same things using a pair of gloves and taking them apart... You just need to get a seam ripper to make the taking apart part go faster... They're cheap... and they're very useful... Especially for people like me who screw up all the time! *heheheheh*


The lighter color is the side of the fabric that you see the triangle in the corner is the side that you dont. There are technical terms but I don't know them. I'm using thin sponge liner to get the 'poofy' look of the Fett gloves, but it's not necessary...


Cut the hole the size you want it in your glove and then cut the trim material at least 1/2 inch bigger than the hole and then sew them together like that.


Same thing here... make the trim bigger and sew it to the finger.


Then when you sew the glove back together the trim will be sewn in the seam... less sewing. ;)

If you do the method of taking them apart and adding the white, can you in turn sew the to halves of the glove together again with the machine? Or does it have to be hand stitched.
hmmm..... maybe.... ;) I figured you were, but since I don't know you, it could have easily went either way...

So... I put up the picture of my first attempt... just in case to show I'm no expert and to give people a good laugh...

The fingers are so small I can't even get them all turned right side out! *LOL*

But I learned alot... and I am making improvements to my pattern. ;)

Well, after me spending way too much time searching on, I gave up... then he searched Yahoo and quickly found a supplier of the parade/band gloves. (that's a freebe hint to those doing research)

I have to get the catalogue from them though because they don't have enough pictures on line for me to see if they're the right kind and color.

If they ARE I might buy and make a few sets... ;)

Thanks Jodo. For $14, plus $1 worth of "clearance" fabric, and about 2 hours worth of sewing, I guess I can't complain too much, can I? ;)

By the way (for those interested), I used a CURVED "upholstery needle", as well as a "tanner's needle" to sew with. The curved needle makes it go faster, and the tanner's needle is needed on some of the thicker parts of the glove. :)
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