Embroidered Garden Gloves

June 8, 2018By Joanne BankoEmbroidery, Projects, Tutorial 6 Comments Opinion by Paid Consultant

One of the things I love most about machine embroidery is the ability to personalize most anything you can get into an embroidery hoop. With that in mind, how about transforming a pair of utilitarian garden gloves into a stylish set stitched in bright and cheerful colors? Combine a small garden theme accent design with built-in fonts and you’ll have gloves that make you smile each time you put them on and head out to the garden. Are you ready? Let’s go sew!

Materials and Supplies:

Embroidered Garden Gloves

Featured Design from the Brother iBroidery.com download center:

Original thread colors:

Embroidered Garden Gloves
Figure #1

Steps to Create Embroidery on Garden Gloves

  1. Tightly hoop adhesive backed stabilizer as if it was fabric. Make sure the shiny side of the paper faces up so adhesive is exposed when you tear away the protective layer. Next, score paper with a pin, piercing only paper and leaving adhesive layer intact. Peel away paper to expose an adhesive layer that fills the entire hoop. See Figure #2a and Figure #2b.
Embroidered Garden Gloves
Figure #2a
Embroidered Garden Gloves
Figure #2b
Stabilizer Tips: This adhesive stabilizer is a great choice for hard-to-hoop or small embroidery projects. Keep in mind that it’s more of a hooping aid than an actual stabilizer. There are of course many stabilizing scenarios but in certain cases, your project will benefit from an added layer of cut-away or tear-away stabilizer in addition to the adhesive holding your project in the hoop. You can use either one of the recommended adhesive backed stabilizers but here are a few things to consider: The wash away adhesive is completely removable by tearing excess and then thoroughly washing the gloves to eliminate the rest. If you prefer not to wash gloves, you can use the tear away type, but it’s likely that some of the paper will remain underneath. I chose to use the washout type and gently laundered the gloves after finishing. Since the design combination is small and the fabric is a firm woven, I chose to float a layer of medium weight tear away underneath to support the embroidery during stitching.
  1. Open seam as far as necessary to allow for smoothing the glove flat on the adhesive surface. See Figure #3.
Embroidered Garden Gloves
Figure #3
  • It’s a good idea to pay attention to the exact way glove was sewn so you can sew it back together and have it look like new. Determine approximate size for combination design by measuring the area you want to embroider. Decide on letters for a small monogram and combine as desired. Change colors and play around with different layouts to get a nice-looking design that is as compact as possible. Depending on your machine you may have a variety of options for moving letters and arranging and changing the array. See example in Figure #4a and #4b.
Embroidered Garden Gloves
Figure #4a
Embroidered Garden Gloves
Figure #4b
  • Be sure design will fit the area on your glove with some space at the top, bottom, and sides. See completed design in Figure #5.
Embroidered Garden Gloves
Figure #5
  1. Measure and mark the glove for center point of combination design, marking both right side and wrong side. Place hoop on a gridded surface with center point of hoop aligned with the grid. Fold glove so you can align it with the center and smooth fabric over adhesive. See Figure #6a and #6b.
Embroidered Garden Gloves
Figure #6a
Embroidered Garden Gloves
Figure #6b
  1. Transfer hoop to the machine and slip a piece of tear-away underneath. Make sure center point is still aligned on the top side. Adjust position if necessary using the arrow keys on your machine, and then stitch design. See Figure #7.
Embroidered Garden Gloves
Figure #7
  1. Repeat embroidery process for second glove to make a pair.
  2. Remove excess stabilizer. Change machine to sewing and re-sew seams. See Figure #8.
Embroidered Garden Gloves
Figure #8
  1. What a difference a little embroidery can make! Take a look at the before and after pictures below:
Embroidered Garden Gloves
Embroidered Garden Gloves

You are finished! Enjoy!

Embroidered Garden Gloves

Embroidered Garden Gloves PDF


  • What a great project! I’ve never seen personalized garden gloves and I bet neither have my gardening friends. A pair of these would make such a great gift for a gardening friend. I’m thinking garden club, hostess gift, or even a small gift for a new homeowner. Great instructions!

  • Thanks so much Janice!
    It would be fun to make a basket full of garden goodies and include the gloves as the icing on the cake! These were a lot of fun to stitch and they look so pretty compared to the plain ones. It was great to get your note!!!

  • Hi from Knysna, South Africa. I love your projects as I am so far away from a dealer to get lessons on my Innovis XV.
    Please is it possible to download a pdf version of your project instructions? It would be most helpful.
    Many Thanks

    • Hi Heather,

      Thanks for reaching out!

      For the Embroidered Garden Glove blog, please scroll to the bottom of the blog for the PDF downloadable link titled “Embroidered Garden Gloves PDF.”

      Hope this helps and happy sewing!

      The Brother Sews Team

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