How to Make Fingerless Mittens

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This tutorial will show you how to make fingerless mittens. They can also be used as wrist warmers. This is a quick, fun project and a great gift idea. They are so warm and cozy!

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How to Make Fingerless Mittens

This is a quick project, you can make a set of fingerless mittens in less than 15 minutes!

fingerless mittens

Step 1: Cut your Fleece Fabric

Cut one piece of fleece for each hand, so for a complete set of fleece mittens you will need two pieces of fleece.

cutting fleece fabric
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For a large lady’s hand cut each piece 14 inches x10 inches.

cutting fleece fabric
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You can adjust these measurements as needed to make them the right size for your hand.

Fold each of the fabric pieces right sides together so the short ends meet.

Sometimes it’s hard to tell the right side of fleece, but if you can tell fold it right sides together.

fold the fleece fabric
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Step 2: Sew your Fingerless Mittens

Sew the short ends together using a straight stitch, with a generous 1/4 inch seam allowance.

See the video tutorial below if this isn’t making sense!

sew short ends together
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Turn the mittens right side out.

Fold each piece in half so the raw edges meet then take it to the sewing machine.

In order to make the hole for the thumb, start sewing at the top but stop around the 2-inch mark.

sewing the thumb opening
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Alternatively, you can hold your hand on the fabric and see where you want your thumb to stick out.

Basically, you want to sew the top 2 inches, leave a hole for the thumb, then continue to sew to the bottom edge.

Make sure you backstitch 2-3 times at both the top and bottom of the thumb hole so it is well reinforced since you will be sticking your thumb in and out loads.

side seam complete
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In most cases, a 2-inch gap is sufficient for the thumb hole, but you can make the thumb gap as small or large as you like.

You will have a raw edge along the opening for the thumb, but fleece doesn’t fray so it shouldn’t be a problem.

Repeat this same process for the second glove.

Turn your fingerless mittens inside out, stick your hand and your thumb through and you are done!

Finished Project

completed fingerless mittens
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Printable Cheat Sheet

fingerless mittens

Fingerless Mittens

Yield: i pair
Active Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Difficulty: Beginner Friendly

How to Make Fleece Fingerless Miittens


  • Fleece Fabric


  • Scissors
  • Thread
  • Sewing Machine


  1. Cut 2 pieces of fleece fabric, one for each hand, roughly 14"x10".
  2. Fold each piece right sides together so the short ends meet.
  3. Sew the short ends together with a 1/4-inch seam allowance.
  4. Turn right sides out.
  5. Fold each piece in half with raw edges meeting.
  6. Make the thumb opening.
  7. Sew down from the top for 2 inches and backstitch
  8. Leave a 2-inch gap
  9. Sew from the bottom of the gap, beginning with a backstitch, to the bottom of the fabric.

Video Tutorial

Go to timestamp 16:05 for the fingerless mittens tutorial (there are 3 other projects and a fleece unboxing in this video!).

Top Tips

  • If you don’t have fleece there are several alternative materials you can use. Try old socks, old sweaters, or old sweatshirts
  • Using old socks is an easy way to make your own fingerless gloves. Just cut off the toes of the sock and make thumb slots.
  • You can use a sweater sleeve to make fingerless gloves by just adding an opening for your thumbs.

Frequently Asked Questions

How can you tell which side of standard fleece is the right side?

With standard fleece, the right side is the nubby side and the wrong side is the smooth side.

What is the point of fingerless mittens?

Fingerless mittens can keep your palm and wrists warm while leaving your fingertips exposed allowing you to have better dexterity.

Does polar fleece have a right and wrong side?

Yes, there is a right and wrong side to polar fleece. When the fleece is cut the cut edge will curl to the wrong side.

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