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.
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
Unfortunately going this route will give you way more fabric and thread than you really need. So you might want to go in cahoots with some friends on this project, or sell your excess on eBay or craigslist.
You'll also want:
- 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)
Sewing Supplies? Check.
Free time? Check.
Now go get a warm cup of Joe, turn on some smooth-vibing tunes and get this DIY done on a lazy Sunday afternoon.
First put on your gloves and make touch gestures on your device(s). Try unlocking, pinch to zooms, horizontal and vertical scrolling gestures. Pay attention to which parts of the glove will need touch sensitivity added. We found that the tips of our thumb and index fingers, on our dominant hand, were all that we needed.
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 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.
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.
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.