Friday, June 11, 2010

If you have to clean, you need to look cute! wearing these!

I have a slight obsession with cute cleaning gloves.

So I have these.

And these (thanks to my friend Kelly)
And here's me cleaning with my cute blue gloves.

I promise that wearing them DOES make cleaning a little more fun!So anyway, after buying all these cute pairs of gloves, I figured I should try to make my own. It was a little more complicated than I thought, but they came out pretty cute and I'm excited to share them with you!

•rubber cleaning gloves
•fabric for ruffles
•matching ribbon
•bows or any other cute accessories to add

I started by making the ruffles. I'd like to thank Nina over at Mamas Little Treasures for her great tutorial on how to create ruffles on the sewing machine. This was my first time making ruffles the "real" way and her tutorial made it pretty easy for me to follow.

I measured out the ruffled fabric to fit the gloves. One the fabric is ruffled, it will only be about 1/2 of the original length, so I needed to use a piece that was going to be long enough. I cut a piece for each glove that was 28" x 8" and then folded them in half so they measured 28" x 4".
I ironed the crease and then pinned the two sides together along the raw edges.
I set my sewing machine to the longest stitch length which was 5.0. Then I sewed two straight lines close to the edge of the fabric (not the folded side, but the raw edge side). I would not suggest reinforcing your stitches because it will make it more difficult to create the ruffles in the next step.
Once I was done sewing, I lightly pulled on one of the threads and gathered the fabric to start creating the ruffle. It takes some patience, but I started to see the ruffle take shape.

To make the ruffle circular, I sewed the two edges together.
Once both pieces are ruffled and circular, I lined them up along the inside edge of the cleaning gloves and pinned. It took a couple attempts to get the fabric to gather evenly, but it's important to make them look uniform.

This is how the glove looks from the outside.
The two lines I sewed to make the ruffle are hidden on the inside of the glove.

Slowly sew along the edge of the glove to attach the ruffle. Sewing through rubber make a really funny sound, but it worked just fine on my machine.
I measured out 11 inches of ribbon for each glove and pinned it on right at the edge of the glove.
This is even more challenging to sew on because the ribbon kept slipping on the rubber glove. But it worked! If you feel more comfortable, hand-sewing might be easier for this step.
I decided my gloves still needed one last accessory, so I added some little white bows.
These were just sewn on by hand.
And my finished product is done!

And what a coincidence that these happen to match the apron I made last year!
I'm going to be a cute & accessorized Kitchen Diva now!
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  1. Those gloves are adorable! I might actually clean a little bit if I had a cute pair of gloves like that:) Thanks for sharing the how to also!

  2. Those gloves are great. I definitely need motivation to clean and those may be it! Over from New Friend Friday! Love your header too.

  3. Visiting from new friend friday... I love the gloves. I enjoy looking at fun gloves, but never remember to put them on when I'm cleaning.

  4. Are you taking orders?? I would clean a lot more often if I had cute gloves like those!!!

  5. So cute!!! Those definitely make cleaning seem so much more FUN! Stopping by from New Friend Friday =)

  6. Haha! SO cute -- and hey, if it makes cleaning more fun it's a must!!

  7. so cute! Did you have to use a special needle or type of thread?

  8. OMGosh, this is cute, cute, cute! Thanks for the tut on how to do this.

    Hope you can visit me somtimes over at Pittypat Paperie.

  9. Hahaha these are so cute! What a crazy and yet brilliant idea!!

    Katie P
    Food, Wine, & Mod Podge

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    My latest inspirational postings are, “Springtime Beauty,” “The Power,” “The Triumphant Heart,” “Pure Love,” “Peace of Mind,” and “Simple Gesture.”


  11. Those are adorable - thanks for the tute!

    (visiting from nff)

  12. This is such a good idea/tutorial for that I HOPE you'll get yourself a link from our blog to this tutorial by using our DIY / Craft Tutorial Linky Party (PR 3-4 site, )

    We've only just began this linky party series, but it's going to be every Wednesday, from now on.

    We'll leave this first linky party open for a whole week, and will probably continue till all the good tutorial writers/creative talents know where to go on EVERY WEDNESDAY.

    Hope to see you on the FCG blog!

    BTW If you hop over to the blog today, you can put your name in the hat for a $50 Lisa Leonard jewelry gift certificate. Who knows...maybe you'll win. Her jewels are gorgeous and unique to you, the wearer as they are all customized.


  13. OMG! I had no idea those were CLEANING gloves, woman! Awesome.

  14. I love these! I always wanted a pair but didn't want to spend the money on buying them. Now I can make them!

  15. Your cleaning gloves are gorgeous - they definitely must make cleaning more fun!

  16. These are adorable! I'd love to clean in these. Also, your "about me" section sound just like me. A domestic hopeful and a kitty mommy!

    Thanks for linking up to Saturday is Crafty Day!
    Laura @ along for the ride

  17. I didn't even know you could buy cute gloves, let alone make them. How creative and cool!

  18. Love the gloves!! Thanks for commenting on the sock monkey!! Yes, I am obsessed with the sock monkey too!! I love love love the Kia commercial too!!

  19. so cute! I might actually clean if I had them! LOVE THEM!

  20. OMG - how cute! I did I double take when I saw they were cleaning

    Thanks for linking up to Fab Friday this week.


  21. I might actually hand wash dishes if I had a cute pair of gloves like that!

  22. HOLY love the gloves...especially the leopard print ones...they are my fav.
    I just wanted to let you know that I seen the post you made on "the hand me down house" and another suggestion for mirrored doors is to buy a glass frosting kit and make a design...swirls, circles, etc. on the glass with tape or another sticky substance...then spray the frost all over the doors when it has dried...peel it off and wahla instant LOVELY

  23. The glammed-up gloves & apron are a great idea! Chores will never, ever be boring! :)

  24. i love this whole ensemble. they'd make a great gift, too. does it really make cleaning less of a chore? i wish.

    thanks so much for stopping by the cape on the corner, and for weighing in on my wall art color. blue seems to be what most people are saying, i was just afraid it would be too much blue!

  25. Thank you for contributing this to's DIY Tutorial Linky Party.

    It's beautiful and well presented.

    If you have a new & equally wonderful tutorial you wish to share with us this week, come on over. We just opened a new linky party for this week's greatest talented artisans out there! (and you are one of them ;-0)

  26. So cute! These are something Bre from Desperate Housewives would wear! I will be featuring this cute idea.

  27. Hi
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  28. Lisa
    YOu are a domestic goddess! thanks for the tutorial! I have seen these around and I am going to try it!

    xoxo, heidi

  29. Nice and informative post written on the topic If you have to clean, you need to look cute!
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