ruffled rubber gloves {tutorial}

A few years ago one of my friends gifted me ruffled rubber gloves. I loved them. But after a few wears, they developed that terrible rubber glove stench {do you know the one I’m talking about? eww}. So I tossed them out, never to find another pair.

A few weeks ago when I was composing the March Giveaway, I remembered these darling dish-washing accessories and decided to try my hand {ha} at making a pair.

So here they are:rubber gloves

Here is what you’ll need:

glove supplies

:: pair of rubber gloves

:: fabric for the ruffles {two strips approximately 4″ x 24″}

:: scissors, pins, sewing machine & thread

STEP ONE: cut two strips of fabric for the ruffles


Mine are approximately 4 x 24″ – but you can make yours as wide or narrow as you like. If you want to be fancy about it, you could hem one side so that the ruffles do not fray.  I took the easy way and call the fraying ‘character’.

STEP TWO: ruffle each strip


With your machine set to the longest stitch, sew along the length of one side, not backstitching

STEP THREE: pull the thread to ruffle the strip


This is what you’ll have:

two ruffles

STEP FOUR: stitch the ruffle ends together to form a circle

right sides

placing right sides together, stitch closed. This is what you’ll have:

ruffle circle

STEP FIVE: pin ruffle to glove

glove and ruffle

turn glove inside out and pin ruffle.



STEP SIX: stitch ruffle to glove


This was the trickiest part because the machine wasn’t crazy about stitching through rubber. I went around a few times just to really secure them. 


Done! They are fun, fanciful and really do make doing dishes much more enjoyable!


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A few of you asked : where those placemats in the giveaway are from :


They are dwell studio for Target.

Super cute.

22 Responses to ruffled rubber gloves {tutorial}

  1. Kilara March 14, 2013 at 11:01 pm #

    Made ruffled gloves? Check. :) I had an idea to do this but I didn’t know how so I looked and looked and finally found this. I’m glad I did, thanks! I also found that it is easier to sew with the fabric side up so that the needle goes though the fabric first. My machine liked it better that way.

  2. Tracy October 16, 2011 at 2:17 am #

    i am in love , not with a smelly farting man no but with your brilliant web site.
    do you have a button i can add to my blog ? to be able to find you easily

    i will be adding these gloves to my christmas hampers i am crafting for family and friends

  3. kristy s. March 7, 2011 at 6:48 am #

    they are so cute, thank you for the great gift idea! love them. k

  4. Abbi March 6, 2011 at 2:53 pm #

    I love your tutorials and am linking to several of them, that I have tried! Thanks for your posts!

  5. Charlene March 4, 2011 at 8:51 pm #

    My DIL and her mother wear rubber gloves to do the dishes. Will definitely be making them a fancy pair of these! Thanks for the great idea!

  6. Erin March 4, 2011 at 6:37 am #

    So fun! Love it, Emily!

  7. Laura Beth March 3, 2011 at 4:18 pm #

    Obsessed! Fun, simple project. I might actually enjoy doing my dishes now… Maybe :)

  8. rachel March 3, 2011 at 2:26 pm #

    The gloves are super fun!! Great tutorial. I hope I win these in your fabulous giveway.

  9. Jennifer March 3, 2011 at 1:13 pm #

    Super cute, I might have to make me a pair. Thanks for sharing.

  10. christiniyogini.blogspot.com March 3, 2011 at 9:32 am #

    What a fun way to approach clean-up time! Thanks!

  11. Robin March 2, 2011 at 8:26 pm #

    How adorable! Thanks for showing us how to make our own.

  12. Kat March 2, 2011 at 7:37 pm #

    I’m wondering if I can get a picture of my son wearing them after I make them, he won’t have a choice when I get to making theses!!!

  13. Arielle March 2, 2011 at 3:25 pm #

    The gloves look great!! What a fun tutorial.
    Thanks so much for the placemat source. I didn’t ask, but I was wondering. Those may be making their way onto my table win or lose!

  14. Casey Calkins March 2, 2011 at 2:50 pm #

    looks like a fun, inexpensive gift to throw in a gift basket for a wedding shower or housewarming gift!

  15. Jennifer March 2, 2011 at 2:49 pm #

    What a fabulous idea! Also I finished my nursery – thank you so much for all of the wonderful inspiration you provided with Audrey’s nursery!

  16. Rhonda March 2, 2011 at 1:48 pm #

    Um, do you have about 5 or 6 extra hours in each day that I don’t know about? :)

  17. denise sabia March 2, 2011 at 9:10 am #

    hysterically adorable!
    d e n i s e

  18. Mary March 2, 2011 at 8:41 am #

    LOVE THEM! I have such severe eczema on my hands that it is super painful to get them wet. So I wear gloves for most everything that involves water. My dishwashing gloves looks so plain jane now – lol. I’ll need to find someone to make these for me as I don’t have a sewing machine. :)

  19. Amy B March 2, 2011 at 8:21 am #

    Adorable! The cute little gift store in my town sells gloves like this for $35 a pair (at least). Love them.

  20. Lauren March 2, 2011 at 7:01 am #

    Such a cute idea, and a great project.

  21. Andrea March 2, 2011 at 6:43 am #

    What a lovely idea. Can’t wait to make a pair or two!

  22. Alli March 2, 2011 at 5:53 am #

    If I had rubber gloves like that I would probably actually enjoy doing dishes and my dry hands would not hurt so bad :-)

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