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« on: March 13, 2019 06:54:25 PM »

(AKA How to include gloves in your costume without having to actually wear them Cheesy)

I got a pair of faux suede fleece-lined gloves to wear with my steampunk costume. Unfortunately, while they suit the aesthetic of the costume, due to the fleece lining they are very bulky and miserably hot to wear. So after seeing some inspiration on Pinterest I decided to make a simple strap with a belt clip to hold my gloves.

To make a strap you'll need:
- Strip of material, I used leather, that can wrap around your gloves approximately 1.5 times at their narrowest point (width may vary, my strap is about 1" wide but this could certainly work with narrower or wider material). If leather doesn't fit with your costume, this could easily be made with ribbon or some other non-fraying material
- D Ring that fits your strap width
- Clip for belt. The clip I used from the outdoor recreation section of a store, like where you'd find ropes and trailer tie-downs. This and a hardware section have tons of similar items that really suit a steampunk design, but if your costume needs a different look pretty much any oversized clip/carabiner will do. You could also just tie it onto a belt with a piece of leather cord.
- Extra material for making any additional loops that may be needed

Also you will need a needle and thread (and if using leather, tools for punching/cutting material)

To start, fold about 1" of one end of the strip around the D ring

And sew into place

Once the D ring has been secured, lay the strap down horizontally (wrong side up) and lay your gloves on top

Cinch the strap around the gloves

And then bring the tail of the strap around to the back

To hold this tail in place and keep the gloves secured, I chose to add an additional loop on the strap. You could also use a button or snap to make this closure, whatever works best for you. The tail should end about 2/3s the way around the back, at this point your should have a good idea of how the strap fits around your gloves and you can trim off any excess material as needed. 

I chose not to sew or otherwise permanently attach the metal belt clip to the strap as the clip is pretty heavy and I like to make these types of large clips removable to keep them from possibly damaging other costume parts when packed for travel.

To add a clip simply lay the strap down like before and slip on the clip before you cinch the strap around the gloves

Now your gloves should be neatly packaged and ready for all your costuming adventures Cheesy

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« Reply #1 on: March 14, 2019 02:25:23 PM »

Ingenious! Nicely done.

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« Reply #2 on: March 31, 2019 03:50:40 PM »

super helpful! thanks for posting.

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