Turn Lonely Gloves into Cute Critters

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The book Happy Gloves shows you how to recycle your mateless gloves into new friends.

Rejoice! No more will lonely, single gloves hang about forlornly at the bottom of the laundry basket waiting for their perfect match to emerge from the vortex of the clothes dryer. In Happy Gloves: Charming Softy Friends Made from Colorful Gloves author Miyako Kanamori shares instructions for turning those unattached gloves into tiny stuffed animals like the chipmunk pictured here. Stuck with more solo socks than gloves? Find craft ideas for those in the author’s earlier book, Sock and Glove: Creating Charming Softy Friends from Cast-Off Socks and Gloves.

Downloadable directions for the adorable glove-to-chipmunk transmogrification above can be found at etsy’s handmade blog, The Storque.

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4 thoughts on “Turn Lonely Gloves into Cute Critters

  1. Thanks for sharing these fun resources! One of my best childhood memories is of making an awesome Stuart Little doll with my Mom out of a sock and some leftover grey felt. We even made a tiny hockey stick out of plywood and some “skates” out of reconfigured paperclips– just stuff we had laying around.

    I think there’s a big push in crafting that you need to buy supplies to make stuff, but there’s a whole nother level of empowerment that comes from making new stuff out of things you already have…especially forlorn mismatched socks and gloves waiting for their buddies to reemerge from the laundry vortex! 🙂

    1. Oh, this is a serious issue for me. Crafting way back when specifically used items that couldn’t be used for anything else. Quilting was a way to utilize worn out clothes, for instance. But nowadays, people buy precut squares to turn into quilts. Kind of loses its magic for me when someone else does much of the work! I think that’s why I loved this – it’s a great way to utilize something that would otherwise be tossed out.

  2. Thanks for sharing these fun resources! One of my best childhood memories is of making an awesome Stuart Little doll with my Mom out of a sock and some leftover grey felt. We even made a tiny hockey stick out of plywood and some “skates” out of reconfigured paperclips– just stuff we had laying around.

    I think there’s a big push in crafting that you need to buy supplies to make stuff, but there’s a whole nother level of empowerment that comes from making new stuff out of things you already have…especially forlorn mismatched socks and gloves waiting for their buddies to reemerge from the laundry vortex! 🙂

    1. Oh, this is a serious issue for me. Crafting way back when specifically used items that couldn’t be used for anything else. Quilting was a way to utilize worn out clothes, for instance. But nowadays, people buy precut squares to turn into quilts. Kind of loses its magic for me when someone else does much of the work! I think that’s why I loved this – it’s a great way to utilize something that would otherwise be tossed out.

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