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Make your own iPhone gloves

by: Chica

Make your own iPhone gloves
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I absolutely love my iPhone, but I don’t love the fact that I can’t use it with gloves on. My fingers get far too cold in the winter to not have my gloves on when I’m outside or in the car, but wearing them means I can’t operate the phone! After a couple of months of seeing me try to answer the ringing phone with my nose or chin, my Honey decided to buy me a pair of touch screen gloves for Christmas. Unfortunately, he waited so long to buy them that all the stores at the mall were sold out! Great idea, Honey, but next time you need to shop earlier.

So I entered the new year with my regular old gloves and still operating the phone with my nose. Then one day I wondered if it were possible to make existing gloves touch screen compatible. I was thrilled when I found this tutorial for doing just that. All I needed was some conductive thread. (Available for purchase in our Amazon store!)

This highly conductive stainless steel thread allows the magical electric impulses that come from your skin to flow through the thread (and through the glove) and reach the phone on the outside. All you need to do is sew a little bit of it into the fingertip of your glove.

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This thread is actually kind of similar to yarn, and has a fuzzy feel to it. That makes it much better at conducting those impulses, and it’s super flexible and easy to work with. I did find that I had to use a needle with a somewhat large eye, because the thread has some thickness to it, but I had no problem finding a good needle in my stash. I knotted the end of the thread and carefully guided the needle up into my favorite pair of Isotoners and fed it up through the finger. Then I started making stitches.

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I put several stitches next to each other, creating a nice little smooth area on the fingertip of the glove. I made it look nice on the outside, which meant that the inside was a little sloppy, but that doesn’t matter. In fact, a sloppy inside is good, because it means more exposed thread. Remember that the thread must be able to touch your finger in order for it to properly transfer your electric impulses!

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It was so easy to sew that little spot on my index finger that I decided to put one on my thumb as well, since I often use my thumb to answer a call. Having two working fingers also allows me to do pinch/pull actions on the screen.

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So how does it work? Beautifully! I’m able to place calls and browse the Web with no problems at all. Texting is a little tricky, but that’s because I made my stitched area a little large. A smaller area of stitches would give finer control. I can’t believe how well it works and how easy it was to do.

make your own iPhone gloves

Want to make your own custom iPhone gloves but don’t want to pay a fortune for a whole spool of conductive thread? Well head on over to our Amazon store where you can buy a 10-yard length that’s plenty to convert 20-30 glove fingertips.

make your own iPhone gloves

If you’re looking for some fun accessories to go with your iPhone, check out some of our favorites. We are really coveting the MiLi phone projector. It can project a movie up to 70 inches wide while it charges your phone! I love my iPhone car mount. It makes it so much easier and safer for me to access my music and GPS while driving. Finally, a portable iPhone sound system is great for any type of outdoor party. What a great way to add some real sound to your next tailgating event or cookout!

MiLi iPhone ProjectoriPhone Car Mount with ChargerTailgater Portable iPhone Sound System

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8 comments so far:

  • 1
    Sallie Jo 01/13/2011 at 11:28 pm

    Great idea. When I get my Iphone, I will have to try this.

  • 2
    Pam 01/15/2011 at 3:33 pm

    We asked for some teen-oriented projects… and you guys really came through! My son and my husband are going to love this (and I will, too.) I think I’m going to make some for all my friends and relatives, also… Love, love, love this web site!!!

  • 3
    Chica 01/15/2011 at 8:21 pm

    So glad we could come through for you, Pam! Let us know how your friends and family members like their gloves :)

  • 4
    Renee 03/26/2011 at 1:08 pm

    Do you think this would work for other touch devices? like an ereader or droid?
    Great tute
    Renee

  • 5
    Chica 03/26/2011 at 1:18 pm

    Yes, Renee, this ought to work with any touch device.

  • 6
    Amanda 12/14/2011 at 11:52 am

    This is so great! I am diabetic and my hands are always so cold. I hate taking off my gloves in the winter. This is the best idea.

  • 7
    Pauline 01/31/2012 at 9:36 am

    Really good idea but are you sure it won’t scratch the screen? I want to try it out but i’m too scared in case i damage my phone!

  • 8
    Chica 01/31/2012 at 10:38 am

    Pauline, I have been using my doctored gloves on my phone for two winters now with no problem. I have an inexpensive protective film on my phone and it has never been scratched by the thread in the glove. The thread is super smooth.

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