Okay. It happens to all of us one Christmas or another. We have to buy something for someone who has everything. You know, for the woman who constantly splurges on herself. She doesn’t need a thing. Or worse, she has all the latest trends, and you don’t have a clue what the latest trend is. Or you have to buy for a woman who has a gazillion times more money than you’ll ever have, and what could you possibly buy her that would be worthy?
Maybe I can help.
Several years ago, while watching the Today Show, I became quite enamored with a pair of cleaning gloves that were being shown in conjunction with a segment on housecleaning tips. Now these weren’t your ordinary, run-of-the-mill yellow Playtex gloves that you find for a couple of bucks at your local grocery store.
These were decorated, outrageously glamorous, FUN cleaning gloves. I became so enamored I just had to have a pair. And I never wear cleaning gloves. At least, back then I didn’t.
It took some sleuthing, let me tell you. I scoured (pardon the pun) the entire city of Omaha looking for them. I wanted pink. And I wanted fun. I couldn’t find anything that was remotely similar, but I wasn’t going to settle. I eventually found a pair that were so expensive I didn’t dare dip them in water, let alone into a dirty toilet.
So I decided to make my own for a fraction of the cost. In the time since, I’ve made dozens of these hand gloves. I’ve given them as gifts, and I’ve sold them, and I swear, every woman who has ever laid eyes on these paired darlings has laughed, rolled her eyes and fallen in love with them, one way or the other.
Here’s how to make the glamorous cuff:
Cut 2 pieces of fabric, 8 1/2 by 13 inches. But make sure these measurements fit your gloves. You may have to adjust slightly. ( In this version, I used pink and black leopard print pile. If you use a thinner fabric, you may need to use interfacing.) Fold the fabric in half, right sides together. Sew the side opposite the fold with a 1/4 inch seam allowance.
Turn and fold in half. Zig-zag rough edges together.
Tuck the cuff inside the glove. Note: the cuff’s seam should be opposite the glove’s thumb. The zig-zagged edge should line up with the outside edge of the glove. Sew with a narrow seam.
Turn. Attach narrow boa with hot glue gun near top edge of glove.
And that’s it!
I’ve added big rhinestones to the ring finger for fun, too. I’ve varied the cuff, the fabrics, added buttons, bows, whatever look that happens to grab me. All told, the leopard print has been a big favorite, but here’s a couple more I’ve done.
A glamorous gift for the woman who has everything–or one who just wants to protect her manicure. 🙂
I’ll give away a pair of my glam gloves to a commenter who tells me why she’d like a pair, or tells me why they’d be the perfect gift for that hard-to-buy someone. Or, if you want the gloves for yourself, tell me that–and why–too!