Two Turtle Gloves

On the second day of Christmas, my true love gave to me…Two Turtle Gloves.

You may know these as fingerless gloves, but that didn’t work for my Christmas theme on the second day of Christmas.

While wearing these gloves I can draw a masterpiece in Draw Something, text a reminder to my son to call me and dig a dime out of the crack in the curb.  All done while looking fabulously stylish.

If you, too, would like a pair of turtle gloves, just raid your closet.  See that sweater you stuffed in the corner because you no longer love it (because it “shrank”)?


You will need a tapestry needle, some yarn (or thick thread), scissors and some adornments.  That cute little quilted chicken pin cushion?   If you don’t have a clever sister (thank you, Cathy) to make one for you, you’ll have to make do with a tomato pin holder.  The tape measure isn’t technically necessary, but …. I wanted to be sure to make my gloves were long enough.

I measured from my elbow to the middle of my fingers and then made sure to cut the sleeve long enough.  Better to measure twice and cut once (well, I actually cut twice – two sleeves – but you know what I mean)

Cut the sleeve to make it straight (this will be very helpful in keeping the gloves on your arm).

Turn the sleeve so that it is inside out and use a blanket stitch and matching yarn (or thread – I just happened to have this color…really…I swear it….),  to stitch the cut edges together.

Fold the top of the sleeve to the inside and then turn under the edge and use a hem stitch to clean up the edges.

See how nice this looks?   By the way, don’t panic if you don’t know a hem stitch from a hen stitch, sweaters are very forgiving.

If you want a thumb hole (and you don’t really have to have one), measure about 3/4 inch from the edge of the sleeve and cut a slit.

A quick slip stitch will keep the edges from fraying.

Finish your masterpiece with buttons you just might have snitched from another outfit that mysteriously shrunk (shrank?).

I especially love that the gloves cover my sausage-like fingers.  You may notice that I curled my fingers in the picture.  That’s to hide my manicure-less, glue-gun scarred, pasty winter white fingers.

This is my “Andy Williams Christmas Special” moment.   Not staged at all.


Category: Christmas, Create, Holidays and Entertaining, My Life as a Musical
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(3) Comments and (3) Replies

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  2. Linda Johnson | December 18, 2012 at 11:55 am | Reply

    I love fingerless gloves and I knit but it takes awhile to knit them from scratch. This is a great idea but in case you don’t have an old sweater that will do, try the thrift store. That’s what i’m going to do!

    • jill | December 18, 2012 at 12:39 pm | Reply

      You are absolutely right. You will be able to find a treasure trove there. I’m not a knitter (unless you count really, really long skinny scarves. For a giraffe. Love to see what you come up with!!! Happy Holidays!!

  3. Michelle | December 19, 2012 at 10:23 pm | Reply

    I love these! Does the sweater have to be wool?

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  5. anna maria | January 8, 2013 at 5:12 am | Reply

    Very cute and I like your sense of humor (or humour?) 🙂

    • jill | January 8, 2013 at 6:59 am | Reply

      Ha! You say tomato….. (thanks for stopping by!!) As it happens, I am vacationing in Anna Maria Island right now, so your name is making me smile!

    • jill | January 8, 2013 at 7:03 am | Reply

      And…I love your blog. What an adventure you are having!! Enjoy

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