How to Make a Paper Glove

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Making clothing out of paper was a popular fad during the 1960s. Artists like Andy Warhol created their own paper art clothing and companies such as the Scott Paper Company sold over 500,000 paper dresses to consumers. Begin exploring the art of paper clothing design by creating your own paper gloves. Paper gloves are simple to make, environmentally friendly and will cost you next to nothing. Paper gloves can be custom made to fit any size of hand and individually decorated to match any outfit.

Things You'll Need

  • Paper, relatively thick but still flexible
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine
  • Fold your piece of paper in half so that it is double layered. Any type of paper can used, but a strong and flexible type of paper, such as wax paper, is recommended. The stronger the type of paper you begin with, the longer your paper gloves will last; however, if the paper is too rigid it will be difficult to bend your fingers in the gloves. Choose a paper that is relatively thick but still flexible enough to bend easily.The piece of paper should be larger than the size of your hand when folded.

  • Place your non-dominant hand down on the piece of paper with your fingers spread slightly apart. Trace the outer contour edge of your hand, creating a paper template for the first glove.

  • Draw a straight line across the bottom of the hand where it attaches to your wrist to close the shape.

  • Cut out the traced hand, creating two separate paper hand templates from the folded piece of paper.

  • Place the two hands together so that the edges of the fingers match up. Sew along the contour edge of the hands, attaching them to one another. Any type of stitch can be used, but a zigzag stitch is recommended for adding an attractive, decorative edging to the gloves. Choose a sturdy thread in a color that complements or matches the color of your paper, as the thread will be visible on the finished pair of gloves. Sew around the entire outer edge except for the straight line indicating where the wrist and hand will enter the gloves; keep this seam open. Sew as close to the outer edge of the templates as possible.

  • Fold a second piece of paper in half. Place your dominant hand down on the piece of paper with your fingers spread slightly apart. Trace the outer contour edge of your hand to create a template for the second glove. You might need to ask a friend to help you trace your hand if it is too difficult for you to draw with your non-dominant hand.

  • Draw a straight line across the bottom of the hand where it attaches to your wrist to close the shape.

  • Cut out the traced hand, creating two separate paper hand templates from the folded piece of paper.

  • Place the two hands together so that the edges of the fingers match up. Sew along the contour edge of the hands to attach them together. Sew around the entire outer edge of the paper hands except for the straight line indicating where the wrist and hand will enter the gloves. Keep this edge open. Sew as close to the outer edge of the templates as possible.

  • Slide the gloves onto your hands. The additional room provided by spreading the fingers when tracing the hands should allow enough room for you to slide your hands into the gloves snugly, but comfortably.

Tips & Warnings

  • Sewing paper gloves is only half the fun. The best part about making paper gloves is the many options and materials available for decorating them to match any style or outfit. Use markers, paints, stamps and other types of art media to add color and visual interest to your paper gloves.
  • For a trendy hipster-styled pair of paper gloves, cut off the fingertips of the paper glove patterns and leave the ends of the fingers open, creating fingerless paper gloves.
  • Paper gloves are fun to make and decorate but they aren't extremely durable. Take care to keep your paper gloves dry at all times and avoid unnecessary bending or folding to prolong their durability.

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