How to Make Deer Skin Gloves

Deer skin gloves are leather gloves sewn from tanned deer skin. Though some leather and tanning stores sell this item, deer skin gloves are often expensive and hard to find due to the relative shortage of deer hide and difficulty this poses for craftsmen. If you're a hunter or have access to deer hide, it is possible to make your own deer skin gloves for use in construction or to keep your hands warm during the cold winter months.

Things You'll Need

  • Leather sewing kit
  • Deer hide
  • Razor
  • Marker
  • Glove pattern

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Acquire deer hide. If you're a hunter, save the deer's pelt and send it to a local tanner to be turned into leather, or tan it yourself using at-home tanning kits. Alternatively, purchase deer leather from a leather or tanning shop or online. Specify the color you want; some deer leather is light in color, while others are dyed various shades, including black.

Purchase or download a glove pattern, which is paper with a glove design that you will pin to the leather and use to cut out the glove pieces. Some glove patterns are comprised of only two pieces: a front and back, which are sewn together at the seams. Others are more complex and involve sewing a length of leather between the front and back pieces, as well as a separate thumb for maximum mobility. Patterns are available on sewing websites and from craft stores.

Lay the deer skin onto a flat surface and smooth out any wrinkles using your hands. Place the pattern onto the skin; arrange it in such a way to waste as little leather as possible.

Pin the pattern to the hide using needles; this will keep it from sliding when you make your cuts. Pin the rest of the pattern to the hide until all the pieces are fixed in place.

Cut the pattern pieces using a straight-edge razor. Use scissors instead of a razor if safety is a concern; the scissors must be made specifically for leather purposes, however, as leather is tough and may be damaged by regular scissors.

Sew the pieces together using a leather sewing kits, following the instructions included with the pattern. Go in the order the pattern specifies; otherwise, you may have to start over at some point during the sewing process. The entire process varies in length based on the complexity of the glove and your skill level.

Tips & Warnings

  • Consider sewing a practice glove with cheap fabric before using the rarer and more expensive deer hide.

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