Lesson 1

With photo's and instructions by
Marsha Olson
(printout 9 pages)

1. Start by cutting a piece of white tissue paper
the size of the frame around the glove pattern.
Trace the outside lines of the glove patterns on
to the tissue as shown in the photo above.
You can use the short or long version.
These lines are your actual stitching lines.

2. Cut a piece of swimwear, lycra-spandex, or
other very stretchy fabric twice the size of the
tissue pattern square.

3. Fold the fabric in half RIGHT SIDES TOGETHER.
Pin the whole tissue pattern to the fabric as shown.
The "Start Here" is where you start your sewing.

Note: If you have a machine that allows you to select
whether your needle stops in the 'up' or 'down' position,
select 'down'. It will stop with the needle down in the
fabric and allows for more precision when turning corners.

4. Stitch right along the drawn lines, lock-stitching
at both sides of the top opening on each glove,
removing pins as they get in the way.

5. Stitch across the gap between the two gloves and
continue stitching the second glove.

6. Trim off the fabric across the top openings of
the gloves. Make sure you trim just above the lockstitching.

7. The tissue is easy to remove, hold fimly on
either side of the stitching line and pull the
pattern apart. The stitching has perforated the
tissue and it will fall apart on those lines.

8. Remove all the tissue.

9. Using a fine tipped scissor, start trimming
away the excess fabric, leaving a narrow seam of
about 1/16". If you used a small enough stitch,
there should be no chance that the seam will come
apart unless you cut too close to the stitching.
My scissors are a pair of 4" Fiskars with curved tips.
Cutting with the tip curved away from the stitching
line is a little insurance against cutting too near the seam.

10. When you get to the thumb junction, make a small
clip right up to the seam line. That clip lets the
glove be turned right side out without pulling at the
junction and creating an unsightly pleat of fabric
on the outside.

11. Turn the open end of the glove down about 1/2"
and tack by hand on both seams, just picking up the
seam and not going through with the needle to the
outside of the glove. You don't want to hem all the
way around because that will eliminate the needed
stretch to fit the arm.

12. Starting at the open end, roll the glove up over
a finger to turn.

13. I used the blunt end of a size 14 steel crochet
hook to turn the thumb.

14. Press flat with a steam iron.
Voila! Perfect gloves!

By printing out these pages and putting them in a 3 ring
binder, you will have a good start on an excellent
personal sewing book. Write notes in the borders that
will help you the next time.
These pages can also be saved as complete webpages
(including photo's).
Instructions For Making a Desktop Folder
and Saving Lesson Pages!

Have fun!
Marsha Olson

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