Designer Arm Warmers

Shrinking your sweaters isn't always a bad thing, especially when it results in darling fingerless gloves. In addition to the tools and materials listed above, you will also need access to a washer and dryer.

Step 1


Shrink on Purpose

Felt your wool sweater. Do this by washing it in hot water with a little detergent, and then drying it on high heat. This makes fibers bind to themselves so they don't unravel.

Step 2


Make Room for Thumbs

Fold the cuff down. To create a hole for your thumb, cut a 1-inch horizontal slit through both layers of the sleeve, about 2 inches below the top of the cuff. Do this for both sleeves. Try them on to make sure the thumb hole is the right size and positioned correctly.

Step 3

Add Embellishments

With the thumb holes facing the proper direction, decorate the tops of the gloves. Sew fabric scraps, and add embroidery floss and any other embellishments. Slip into your cozy creation and show off your handiwork.