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So You Don’t Lose Your Fingers to Frostbite While Texting: How to Make Smartphone Gloves

Do Try This At Home

It’s that time of year again, when it’s so cold outside that you came up with the best joke ever to say about it, but it’s so cold that you don’t want to take your gloves off to use your smartphone. You do, of course, and it takes forever because the screen thinks it’s feeling cold, dead zombie fingers and not those of a healthy 98.6-degree human, and also because your fingers are getting more numb by the second and you can’t tell if you’re typing anything because it’s so cold that your eyes are tearing. Hate when that happens! But now there is a way to turn ordinary gloves into gloves that can be worn while operating a smartphone touchscreen! After the jump, you will find the supplies you’ll need and an instructional video from Make:Projects!

Here is what you’ll need:

A pair of regular knit gloves
Scissors
Sewing needle
Conductive thread, which might be available in some craft stores, but is definitely available in small sizes at Soft Circuit

And here is the instructional video by Becky at Craft:Zine! Here are two things to keep in mind: You’ll be sewing the conductive thread on the glove belonging to your prominent hand, meaning that in order to best place the thread, you’ll be sewing with your opposite hand. Also, the best placement for the thread might not be where you think it is. But it’s a super simple way to modify your gloves, and if it doesn’t work, it’s easy to take out.

And if you’re still too trepidatious to do something crafty, they sell conductive gloves at Target for about $10.

(Make:Projects via Geek Sugar)

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