Upcycle Old Woolen Tights Into Fingerless Gloves

My girls are constantly ruining their school tights so I decided there must be something useful we could make them into and came up with these fantastic fingerless gloves.

Fingerless Gloves

This is a great up-cycling project and requires only a small bit of sewing. The best tights are thick winter woolen tights with Lycra in them.

1. Lay the tights flat-out on a table and cut the feet off. Then lay a hand down on top of the tights and mark with chalk the length you want. You need to add a couple of cm extra to the length as the ends of the gloves are rolled in to finish. Cut across in a straight line where you marked the tights on both legs.

Cut feet small

2. Cut across in a straight line where you marked the tights on both legs. If you’re careful and depending where the damage is you should be able to get 2 pairs of finger-less gloves from 1 pair of  tights.

Cut tights small

3. Lay the hand back down on the cut tights and mark where you want the thumb to be.

Mark Thumb holes small

4. Using sharp pointy scissors carefully cut along the thumb opening. It’s better to under cut than over cut.

Cut thuumb holes small

5. Try the gloves on for fit and cut he thumb hole a bit longer if necessary.

Check fit small

6. Turn the piece of tights inside out and carefully fold in and sew the edge of the thumb hole area forming a mouth shape.

Sew thumb area small

7. Fold the glove back so the seam is hidden inside. Put on  the hands that need warming and roll back the ends.

Upcycle old lycra tights into warm toasty fingerless gloves

Easy. And they also fit adult hands 🙂

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17 Responses to Upcycle Old Woolen Tights Into Fingerless Gloves

  1. Fabulous idea! I am so sick of my two losing gloves. :O) Very clever.

    • No. they fray a little, a bit like t-shirts with unfinished seams. The uncut ends are also protected because the they are rolled up. The worst area is the thumb which does need to be sewn up well with little stitches. I think it’s because they’re machine knitted.

  2. Chris Mosler says:

    I LOVE these! Wish I’d seen them years ago, thank you! Will pin when on laptop! 🙂

  3. Amazing! I am going to have to try this with my little girl’s tights!

  4. I was just getting ready to throw out a pair of tights…not anymore 🙂

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  5. Ha! What a great idea. I’m going to go track down a pr. of wool tights. 🙂

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  7. Love this… no school tights for my two, but this may just work with the arms of their tatty school sweatshirts which are too scruffy to ‘hand down’ to my neighbour’s kids!

  8. Carrie says:

    What a great idea!! Thank you for sharing at Sharing Saturday!

  9. I love this, what a great idea! Thanks for linking up to Science Sparks. xx

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  12. Brilliant! I love upcycled projects like this. Pinning 🙂

  13. What a wonderful idea

    Will definitely be trying this.

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