Source: iNews24 We don't want you to go around carrying a stylus or sausage in your pocket to enjoy your smartphone or touch-sensitive device in the winter weather. We want you to roll in style and make onlookers double-take on how J.B. Smoove you are. There are a few options out there that inspired us. So we wanted to try this out ourselves with our favorite pair of gloves. Here's how we got results that looked professional and factory fresh. Supplies
Before any good DIY starts, you've got to round up the supplies. For this project we went for conductive fabric and conductive thread. The conductive fabric should give us more surface area. Which we hope, in turn, will give us a more natural experience with our touchscreen device. Our local fabric supply shops gave us a few "are you out of your mind?" looks when we inquired about the availability of conductive fabrics in their store. So we went worldwide web and found some options at Sparkfun that looked like they would do the trick. In our cart
- Conductive Thread (Thick) - 50' - $10.95
- Conductive Fabric - 12"x13" MedTex180 - $19.95
- Shipping/Handling - $3.90
- Total - $34.80
- Needle (large enough to thread the conductive thread)
- Fabric Scissors
- Seam Ripper (optional)
- Gloves (round up some scrap gloves to test on too, if you can)
- Liquid Stitch (optional)
We then proceeded to cut holes in those part of the gloves. This can be a little scary, especially if you really like your gloves. Cutting up a test glove may give you the confidence you need to operate on your primary pair. Our primary gloves were a little tricky in that they are made of a few layers of different material. There was fabric on the underside of the glove so we removed that part with a seam ripping tool. We carefully removed the thread around the area where we were going to attach the conductive fabric.
We then cut the, now unattached, piece of fabric off with scissors and used that tip as a template for the conductive fabric. You can make the fabric piece larger than the hole you cut in the glove, and your body heat should radiate out through it. So no need to make the hole very large. Once that is cut to your desired size, proceed to thread it into the gloves.
Threading into the stretchy nylon fabric that lined our gloves proved near impossible. We got frustrated, and we came up with another solution. Liquid Stitch, a permanent clear drying adhesive. We applied the Liquid Stitch to a toothpick and carefully lined the fabric with the adhesive. We then placed the conductive fabric tip on our glove and let dry as the label directed. We got one done, tested it out, and then got some pie before trying the second finger.
We did the thumb the same as the index finger. We noticed that we used the side of our thumb a lot for pinch to zooming, so be sure that the fabric extends to that area. Glueing this fabric to our glove the same manner as the first, and we got this quick, easy, very nice looking result. Now you got yourself some Touch Gloves that are 2 Legit 2 Quit.
End Note We tried the thread and fabric method with some wool-lined suede gloves as well. The suede material was more rigid, and was strong enough to not pull with each stitch. We feel this gave a good, durable result.
If you have nylon gloves and go our liquid stitch route, you may want to get some thinner thread to sew around the edges. But we're putting our confidence in the Liquid Stitch alone as it seems to be holding up very well.