How to Make Glove Monsters Tutorial

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Glove Monsters

Ever wondered what to do with all those single gloves? Turn them into Glove Monster Softies! These are one of my FAVORITE crafts E.V.E.R.! No joke. These little glove monsters are so fun to make and they were a HIT with my boys! {as you can probably tell from the pictures!} My boys have had a blast playing with them. Which made for a super fun photo shoot.gloves to monsters

If you’re like us, every winter, the Glove Thief comes and steals a glove or two…so we end up with a bunch of solo gloves. And the question of, “What to do with all these single gloves?” now has an answer….Make Glove Monster Softies! And if you don’t have any single gloves {lucky!}, you can snag these gloves for pennies this time of year. {wouldn’t they make ADORABLE handmade Valentines for kids??!}

glove monstersGlove Monsters are quick and easy to make and a ton of fun to play with!
monster softies These make a great project for beginner sewists! Kids will have fun making them and playing with them! glove monsters
 Aren’t they so cute?! Check out my behind the scenes Instagram!diy-glove-monsters

How to Make Glove Monsters 

how to make glove monsters

  1. Supplies:
    • gloves
    • batting
    • sewing machine with a roller foot or walking foot attached
    • needle/thread
    • buttons, felt, etc for embellishing
  2. Turn the glove inside out and sew a U-shape from the top of the thumb hole to the other side of the glove leaving a 1″ hole at the top. I used my sewing machine with a roller foot, but you could also hand stitch if you’re allergic to sewing machines. ;)
  3. Turn the glove right side to sew glove monsters
  4. Tuck the cuff inside.
  5. Stuff with batting, making sure to get batting to the end of each of the 4 fingers. It takes only a couple handfuls of batting.
  6. Hand stitch the 1″ hole shut.
  7. Cut facial features out of felt and hand stitch felt, buttons, etc in place.  {Do not use button embellishments for kids under 3 years old, if they came loose, they could present a choking hazard.}

glove monster tutorialWe found that the 2 shorter fingers {pinky and pointer} make fabulous “monster arms” and if you pull the 2 middle fingers a little bit, they make great “monster legs”!monster toys made from gloves

winter glove monsterglove monster Give these cute little glove monsters to some cute kids you know and it will make their day! Aaaand, you’ll have a few less single gloves to worry about!

Do you have some gloves you could turn into glove monsters? What do you do with single gloves? 

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Hi! I'm Linda, the craft addict behind Craftaholics Anonymous®, a craft blog. Crafting is cheaper than therapy, right? When I'm not DIYing something, I can be found taxiing around our 4 crazy kids or working out. Or shoe shopping... because you can never have too many shoes! Happy crafting! ♥

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  1. 1
    Rose Heath

    In the words of Marie Osmond…OH MY GOSH! I just got out from under my afghan on the couch to sit up and type this so I could tell you that I don’t even have kids much less grandkids, but these are adorable! I DO have antiques booths where I also carry handcrafted items/gifts and while I don’t have little gloves lying around, I can FIND some and will sooooo enjoy making some of these! What fun I’ll have! I can pile ’em in a basket, set them on a low table so they’ll be the right height for kids to see as they come through–like a business card for kids, I don’t have to ‘make’ money off of selling them, just having a kid take one home will be a constant reminder of my booth to the parents and hopefully generate return visits!!! I love the variety, the mixing of colors and textures….well, what’s NOT to love!??? Thanks for this idea; it’s going to be a fun winner all the way around!

  2. 2

    This is the cutest thing I’ve seen in a long time!! I’m going to make some for my niece:)

  3. 3

    Super monsters! I love them!

  4. 4

    This is so timely! I am planning a Monster theme third birthday for my son in April. These will be perfect for the kids to play with at the party and then take home. Great idea!

  5. 5

    How cute are these!? I can’t wait to make some! Thanks for sharing. c:

  6. 6

    I am giggling at those monsters! So look cute and what a great idea!

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    1. 6.1

      Where are the thumbs

  8. 7

    I like this one because it’s easy enough for the kids to do pretty much on their own. Also upcycles single gloves. It’s an oldie but a goodie.

  9. 8

    These glove softie monsters appealed to me straight away.

    Love the idea!

  10. 9

    Love that you can make these all so different for the different likes of your kids. SO cute!

  11. 10

    Omg super cute idea i cant wait to made one :))

  12. 11

    I have 7 grandkids and they will love it

  13. 12

    Hi! I love your glove monsters! They are adorable! I would like to do this craft with some first graders in a school setting with very little time. As a result, I wouldn’t be able to sew. Could you give me an alternative strategy to the “thumb” on the glove? I was thinking maybe once they pushed it in, they could glue a “patch” in its place with a glue-dot, but am not sure if that would work, without trying it out myself first. Any suggestions are appreciated. Thanks!

    1. 12.1

      Also with the cuffs– I could perhaps put a rubber band around them, but any other suggestions would be helpful. Thanks again!

      1. Cindy

        I am not sure if you already did this with the children, but, I thought I could help with the brainstorming. You know better than I what your school kids are capable of handling, plus not knowing how many children you have in your classroom, things could get overwhelming. With that being said, I know that they have plastic sewing needles out there for children from the age 3 and up which are very safe. You could use felt for the eyes and fabric glue as Linda suggested. If you still are not sure about the sewing part, you could have the kids stuff the gloves and glue the felt on and then you (sorry, teachers have to take on a lot ;-) ) could do the sewing for them. I do not believe this could be a one day project for children that age, but, kids now a days are very smart so you never know. This is such a precious project. My babies are 41, 36 and 23 and I have no grandchildren, although I am still going to make these as they make me happy and smile!!! I hope you will have or had fun if you made these!! Smiles!

    2. 12.2

      Hi! This would be a great craft for your students! I’d recommend using fabric glue for the thumb. That should be strong enough to hold it, but it will take a little bit to dry. I’m not sure a glue dot would be quite strong enough. Low heat hot glue would work, but I’m sure that’s not really an option with a class full of 6 year olds.

      I like your idea for a rubber band for the cuffs. That should work well. Hope that helps a little bit! Good luck1 :) If you do it, I’d love to see a picture!

      1. Cindy

        As for the rubber band that is a great idea The kids could possibly put a dot of fabric glue on it first before adding the rubber band? Maybe they could tie a ribbon around the rubber band if the kids want to make sure they made a girl monster?? This is one of the most adorable kids project I believe I have seen in a long, long time!!! Happy thoughts!!

  14. 13

    too cute!! We might do a class with this idea for a kids night in, do you mind as long as we credit your blog? :D These idea’s are awesome!! :D

  15. 14
    Kathy Tiney

    I love these little monsters…the gloves not your cute little boys! I have four adorable grandchildren ages 9 years to 2 year old and I love playing with and doing arts and crafts with them. I love to see their imaginations going and I love to see how proud they are when they make something. They live in Kaysville with their mom (my daughter) and their dad so I don’t see them every week ( they are in piano, dance, and sports so they are busy busy). But when I do get a chance to go stay a few days with them I go crazy with them!’ They will absolutely love making and playing with their own critters and monsters…me too! And I always have orphaned gloves, mittens, AND socks. I will make some and when I visit my daughter and grandbabies again and we make some I will take pictures of them (and the glove critters) and post them to your blog!! Thank you again for another very cute and fun idea!! Happy monster in and, what the hey, Happy Halloween!

  16. 15
    Kathy Tiney

    Hi. It ‘s me again . I saw a cute idea on YouTube using stray knee highs or old (clean) panty hose to make little dolls and clothes for them using stray socks. The top of the knee highs was wrapped closed with a rubber band for hair and cover with a part of the sock for stocking caps to cover their head so just a little part of the “hair” laid on their forehead for bangs. Their little bodies were stuffed with batting. You could make them into little monsters or critters too! You could “dress” them for any season or holiday! Paint them white and with a ribbon tied at the top to hang from a outdoor light fixture as spooky little mischievous ghosts or put them in places where they could “hide” for the kiddies to find!

  17. 16
    Kathy Tiney

    Maybe stick on velcro would work for making the monster gloves with the first grade class. If you demonstrate how to do one for the kids then I’m pretty sure it would be easy and fun for them to do. Although I’m not sure if it will stick very strongly to the fabric. You can get rolls of stick on velcro for a good price. One of my daughter is a first grade teacher on Salt Lake and the two of us are always banging our heads together to find creative ideas for her classroom especially when the new school year starts. It gets our adrenaline flowing when we see an idea or think of some ourselves and we get excited!

  18. 17

    What a brilliant idea, I am definitely going to do this with a random lovely cashmere glove I have at the bottom of my wardrobe! Genius x

  19. 18

    Hi I’m ten years old and want to try can I use rice?

    1. 18.2

      That’s exactly what I was thinking. I have a lot of wild rice that I would like to use. Then maybe it can be used as a heating pad, so maybe just avoid the button eyes would be my only caution.

  20. 20

    Where do you get gloves like that in the spring?

  21. 21

    i love this! I was looking for a simple sewing craft to do with a bunch of kids at a birthday party… This is it! I will prep the gloves (sew U and turn right side out), have prethreaded needles, and let them go to town. Some safety eyes and felt and we should be in business!

    1. 21.1

      Great idea to make these at a birthday party! Love it!