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Turning Slippery Fingers

How to turn fingers on notoriously fraying fabric

Turning Slippery Fingers

Silky gloves can be a nice touch on a doll.  You can make hands as usual, extending them halfway up the arms so they look like gloves.  The trouble with silky fabric is that it tends to fray too much.  That makes it very difficult to turn little fingers.

When fabric is super slippery, it shifts around when sewing two pieces together.  Sewing tiny stitches around fingers is almost impossible, too.  Even if you manage to do it, turning the fingers is another major issue.  The slightest pressure will cause the fabric to come apart at the weave.

Here’s a way to overcome the dilemma, so you can use the slipperiest, silkiest fabric and make knockout gorgeous gloves.

Here’s how:

1.  Draw a glove template onto freezer paper, and iron it onto the wrong side of the fabric.
2.  Double the fabric RST as usual.
3.  On the side opposite the side of the freezer paper, lay down a piece of tear-away stabilizer.
4.  Baste it all together to help hold it just a bit.  Just make a simple outline around the hand – don’t try to go around each finger.  You can use a long stitch on your machine, or do it by hand.

** Have your iron handy for all of the above steps, just in case you need to press.

5.  Flip it over and sew hands along the outline of the freezer paper template. There should be no shifting at all.

6.  Carefully remove the freezer paper.

7.  Cut the hand out, close to the seams.

Here’s the tricky part….
How to tear the stabilizer off without ruining the hands?

  • Apply fray check on both sides.
  • While still wet, go ahead and tear the stabilizer off gently.

8.   Allow it to dry and turn the fingers as usual.


In this image, you can see all the fraying around the edges, and the stabilizer has already torn away.  The fraying is no problem because the stitches are intact.   The glove is ready to be turned once it is dry.


And here’s a doll named Fuschia, wearing her silky gloves


I hope you’ll try this technique.  It’s a lifesaver! (or a glovesaver, I should say… )  Thanks for reading.

Have a dollightful day!

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