Tuesday, September 24, 2013

no-sew DIY biker gloves

Ever since the two of us went to see The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones in theaters, I (Jessica) have been obsessed with fingerless biker gloves. Check it out, these are some of the costumes from the movie:

Aside from how embarrassing it is to admit that two grown women were super excited to see this movie, how cool do the actors look? It totally makes me nostalgic for the "Goth" look that was so trendy for "rebels" like me when I was in high school. Which is also embarrassing to admit. Okaaaaaay...on to the refashion!

And bonus, fingerless gloves would allow me to actually text all winter long with warm fingers. Yay! Check out how I did it after the break:

This is yet another of those refashions I love so much, that require nothing but some aggressive work with the scissors. My favorite kind! You don't necessarily need real leather gloves for this refashion either. The cheap fake ones would work just as well, so don't blow a ton of money on something you're just going to hack up.

I started with a pair of basic leather biker gloves (I found mine at a thrift store, are you surprised?):

They fit great, except the fingers were super baggy and too long. Perfect for the refashion I had in mind!

All I did was mark where I wanted the fingers to end, and chopped them off. There were even little seams already where I need to cut. Easy peasy!



Now they're exactly what I wanted, and the fingers fit a heck of a lot better:

The best thing is that leather doesn't fray, so these require no finishing at all!

I'm loving my new gloves, and now I can relive my high school rebellion while I drive my kids to school on cold winter mornings. If you make some of your own let me know, I'd love to see them!



  1. I want to dress like a badass in a movie too! In high school I was so confused. I went from grunge to punk to club kid to goth like whoa. Now I love little touches of those elements in my wardrobe. I don't think you can be a real fashionista if you didn't make grown ups hair stand on end as a teen! Great gloves- I'm super mad I paid for some already fingerless. I got gipped!!! Lol! You are adorable in your photo. You should be Lara Croft from TombRaider for Halloween. :)

  2. Great idea. Thanks for sharing with us at our Thursdays Favorite Things Blog Hop.

  3. Very cool! Pinned and shared on G+ and Sverve:) I posted scrappy note board this week.

  4. When I was 9 my great grandma passed and left me some money. My mom let me do whatever I wanted with it and I spent it on some leather biker gloves and a hat. What a funny kid. I don't think I wore them out anywhere but I remember wearing them around the house so often! I keep hoping I'll come across them again someday at my parent's house.

  5. Good idea! I knit fingerless gloves but this is pretty easy and quicker than knitting! stopping by from the blog hop. New follower too.

    1. Thank you so much Dawn! I would love to be able to knit (I crochet, and for some reason knitting is just too much for me to grasp) so this was my super lazy approximation. Thanks for following, I'll be sure to stop by your blog and follow you back!

  6. How fun. Thanks so much for linking to Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty


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