Workplace Safety

How To Make Leather Gloves

Since they have been around for so long, leather gloves are worn for a variety of reasons, some of which include protection from abrasion, debris, exposure to the cold, friction, sports, and occasionally even fashion. 

If you’re good at sewing, you might be able to make your own leather gloves to save some money because they can be quite pricey. You can even ensure that your new gloves are perfectly sized for your hands by creating your own pattern.

Materials And Tools For Making Leather Gloves

Before starting to make gloves, you must assemble all of the necessary materials. As a result, the process will be facilitated and accelerated. The materials and equipment needed to make leather gloves can be found here, including:

  • Paper or thin cardboard
  • Leather needle
  • Pencil
  • Leather material
  • Waxed thread
  • Craft knife or razorblade
  • Scissors
  • Tailor’s chalk
  • Ruler

The Process Of Making Leather Gloves

The glove is made using a pattern to ensure the proper fit, the proper leather material is chosen and prepared to avoid peeling issues, the glove is cut, sewn, and finished. These steps are necessary because they will all help you create the ideal leather gloves if you complete them all correctly.

1. Size

It would be absurd to assume that everyone would wear the same size gloves, just as not everyone wears the same size clothing. To perfectly fit the user’s hands, each glove is made with specific sizes in mind. As a result, no one needs to worry if they have very small hands or the opposite since their sizes will be available. 

2. Choosing The Material

The ideal leather should be chosen if you want gloves of the highest caliber. The second step in the manufacture of leather gloves is this. There cannot be an excessively soft or firm material. Particularly if the gloves are going to be used in a work environment, it needs to be genuine leather material that is just the right amount of soft and elastic to be comfortable and allow the wearer’s hands to move freely.

Though leather typically has a uniform appearance, it has unique wearing characteristics. According to color and size, the various types of leather are categorized, which aids in determining the kind of gloves that will be made from a given material. The most durable part of the hide is the side split, which has better wearing characteristics than top-grain leather. 

The gloves available in Elite Leather’s catalog come in a variety of styles and material compositions that are all appropriate for use in various settings and workplaces.

Two more steps are taken after the material is chosen:

  • Wetting: The leather is moistened during this process to increase its flexibility. The wetting procedure makes sure that the leather fibers swell and soften, allowing manufacturers to stamp and shape the leather as needed.
  • Skinning and Platting: To determine which section of leather will be used in which part of the glove, the leather is stretched to its maximum during this process. The glove’s size is measured following the completion of the skinning and platting processes, which leads us to the cutting stage.

3. Manual Glove Cutting

Cutting is more difficult than it appears, despite how simple it may sound. The cut of the gloves should match the style of the glove, and the pattern should be properly positioned. To do this, a hydraulic press is used after the leather has been precisely cut to the shape of a glove using an iron hand..

For the best results, skilled, seasoned cutters who are knowledgeable in their field are hired. At Elite Leather, we use these professionals to craft and cut our gloves so that each one is flawless and meets our customers’ requirements.

4. Sewing

Sewing is the fourth step in the manufacturing of leather gloves. Gloves can be sewn either by hand or by machine. 

It is possible that no two machine-sewn gloves will be identical. In them, various techniques are used. While the Chinese method calls for sewing the gloves from the inside out, other skilled craftsmen sew them from the outside. 

Every stitch used in hand-sewn gloves is made by the wearer. The end result requires exceptional craftsmanship and is much slower than machine sewing. 

Additional steps in sewing include:

  • Detailing: Detailing entails adding distinctive design elements to the glove, such as motifs, ribbing, or lacing.
  • The Piqué Stitch: The glove’s efficiency may be increased by using this method, which entails sewing knit stitches at the base of each finger to allow for comfort and solidarity.
  • The Lining: Leather is made more comfortable for extended wear with the help of lining. The glove is positioned while being lined with the aid of a wooden hand, and the lining is stitched and secured by adding invisible seams at each fingertip.
  • Finishing: Making the final adjustments to the glove is part of the finishing process.

5. Finishing

The final steps in glove making include the Baguettage – which is the process of testing the finger seams to see if they are too tight or not so that the glove can be comfortable to wear.

Then there’s Shaping – the process where the glove is worn in warm hands to make sure that there are no folds or seams that may make the glove uncomfortable.

The last step is Ironing and Pairing. After the gloves are pressed, examined, and joined, the item is then prepared for shipping.


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How Do You Create Leather Gloves Without Fingers?

The steps listed below can be used to create fingerless gloves.

  • Create your pattern using masking tape and plastic wrap: begin by wrapping the plastic wrap around your wrist and cover it with the masking tape. The pattern should then be cut out in the desired location after additional seams have been fixed to guarantee flatness.
  • Cut the leather pattern out. place the pattern on leather, trace it, and cut it out. To make a leather pattern for the other hand, flip the pattern over and repeat the procedure.
  • Add a zipper by sewing one in after cutting out the leather glove patterns. This will allow you to wear the wrist guard.
  • Darts and glove sides should be hand-stitched: stitch the sides of the pattern pieces together using your hand. To decorate the gloves, you can add X stitches. Sew the darts above the thumb together after you’ve finished with the sides.
  • Your fingerless leather gloves will be ready once you’ve burned the leather and added some fashionable designs with a Versa tool.

How Are Fake Leather Gloves Made?

Drawing the pattern pieces, making the thumb hole, and making patterns for the fingers will enable you to make faux leather gloves first. The next step in preparing the leather is testing its degree of stretch to ensure that it doesn’t stretch too far and cause sagging.

Stretch the faux leather once more after wetting it, then allow it to dry. Afterward, affix the pattern pieces to the leather. Cut the thumbholes, finger spaces, and pattern.

When the pieces are ready, sew the glove pieces together, placing the finger pieces in their respective spaces and the thumb in its hole. Your faux leather gloves will be prepared after repeating the procedure on the other hand.

What Material Is Leather Made Of?

Leather gloves can be made from a variety of leather types. However, cowhide is still one of the most widely used types of leather. Some people even use microfiber leather. Cowhide leather gloves are comfortable, long-lasting, and have excellent abrasion resistance.

How Do Sheepskin Gloves Get Made?

The production of sheepskin gloves is meticulous. A hydraulic press and dies are used to cut each piece. They are then manually stitched together using special, sturdy needles designed specifically for making gloves. These three-sided, razor-sharp needles help the glove appear to last for a long time.

What Is Lambskin Leather?

Young sheep’s hide is used to create the leather known as lambskin. It has smooth grains and is lightweight and soft. Lambskin leather works well for creating high-end leather products like handbags, boots, and jackets.

How Are Basic Gloves Made?

Simple gloves can be made by taking the desired material and turning it inside out. Your fingertips should be pointing in the direction of the other edge as you rest your arm on it with your elbow resting close to the edge.

To create the front and back patterns, spread your fingers out a little and trace them from the tip to the base using a contrasting pen. Use a stretch needle of size 11 (75) while holding the layers of the sleeves together to sew length stitches along the lines.

Make sure to add a few stitches to the bottom of the V on each bottom before sewing the next finger. To increase the seams’ durability, you could sew a few reverse stitches there. Turn the gloves outside after taking out the pins and trimming the excess fabric. It’s time for your gloves.

How Can Gloves Be Made Using A Sewing Machine?

Making a pattern first will ensure that the gloves fit you perfectly. Place the pattern where you want to use it and trace it. Then, put the fabric pieces on a sewing machine and sew along the lines. Last but not least, trim the excess material, turn up the gloves, and put them on.