No-Sew Upcycled Fingerless Hand Warmers

by Texas Homesteader 

I’ve been dreaming of a pair of fingerless gloves all winter, I absolutely love the style and functionality of them. Sometimes a pair of full gloves are just too restrictive but fingerless gloves allow you to work your smartphone or use your fingers for picking up things while still offering warmth to your hands.

Oh how I wanted them – so I started shopping, hoping I would find a pair that I would love.

In 5 minutes I was able to upcycle long socks into fingerless gloves with NO SEWING! See this easy tutorial. #TexasHomesteader

But then I saw a post from The Mind To Homestead that wrote about ways to upcycle long socks into hand warmers and (here’s the kicker) it took NO SEWING! Now I’ve joked before about my lack of sewing prowess but I kid you not – I have NO sewing skills.

None.  Nada.  Zilch. 

Sewing a button back on a shirt may be the very edge of my ability. And I’m not gonna lie, the result still won’t be pretty.

So when I read the idea of using socks to make a no-sew hand warmer I was intrigued. Rewind back to last year when I bought a pair of bright pink socks. Although I loved the color & design, they were full calf-length socks and after wearing them all day I had painful marks at the top where the elastic cuff was – they were just too tight. I hated that because I loved the socks, plus dang they were brand new! Hummm…  PERFECT opportunity to try these no-sew fingerless gloves!

Easy To Make!

First I laid out the clean socks & cut them just above the heel leaving the sock in two pieces. I wanted to leave most of the length for my fingerless gloves so they would cover much of my forearms as well but you might want to decide how long you want your warmers to be so you’ll know how high up the sock you wish to cut.

In 5 minutes I was able to upcycle long socks into fingerless gloves with NO SEWING! See this easy tutorial. #TexasHomesteader

I pushed the foot section of the cut sock aside & focused my attention on the calf section that would become my fingerless gloves. Then I slipped my hand into the section of sock with my fingers at the finished cuff end to measure where the thumb hole should be cut.

For me it was right at the bottom of the cuff so I cut a very small slit for my thumb to come through. The material will stretch when you put it on so this cut needs to be just barely enough to squeeze your thumb through.

I will say that when you’re wearing them the thumb goes through a little more than you think they will which will make for slightly less coverage on your fingers. I thought these gloves would cover as shown in the picture below but they actually ride just about 1/4″ higher than that. So be sure you measure the thumb hole based on the very furthest part of the thumb that will fit through for an accurate fit.

Anyway, I absolutely L-O-V-E these fingerless gloves and they are long enough to cover most of my forearm as well. If you have some favorite socks that you’d like to upcycle to a new life give these fingerless gloves a try.

And hey, did I mention there’s NO SEWING??


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34 thoughts on “No-Sew Upcycled Fingerless Hand Warmers

  1. Emily

    Smart idea! My hands get so cold in the winter, especially when I’m typing. I need to dig out an old pair of socks and try this! Thanks for linking up with Merry Monday 🙂

    1. Texas Homesteader Post author

      We’re just north of Greenville in NE Texas. Thanks for the compliment on our barn – it was built in the 1880’s and was in pretty sad shape when we first laid eyes on it. But its presence is the reason we decided this was the place we wanted to plan our future, I absolutely fell in love with its history! We had a contractor refurbish the crumbling exterior of the barn while leaving the exterior intact. The heavy beams are sturdy bois d’arc and I’m sure they’ll outlast us! After having the barn refurbished we installed working pens, etc and it’s a very-much used feature on our ranch today. LOVE IT! So glad you stopped by today Babs, hope you enjoy the barn posts… ~TMR~

  2. elaine

    I love up cycling! Thanks for Linking Up on My 2 Favorite Things on Thursday – Link Party! Hope to see you again tomorrow! Pinned

  3. Mindie

    Very cute! I wish I could get away with something like that, but I have to stick with my ugly mitten gloves (you know the ones where the tip of the mitten flips of so you can use your fingers) other wise I would be sticking to everything metal in the winter when it is -30. Thanks you so much for sharing on the (mis)Adventures Mondays Blog Hop. I look forward to seeing what you share this week!

  4. Homestead Dad

    Very nice, one question though, won’t the socks start to unravel or fray? I like the idea of being able to use socks that have holes in the toes for this. Thanks.

    1. Texas Homesteader Post author

      So far they haven’t frayed or unraveled. I use old socks cut into squares as my cleaning rags and I don’t have a problem with any of them unraveling even after multiple washings so I think my fingerless gloves will be fine. Yea! ~TMR~


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