DIY: Make Your Own Gloves Touchscreen-Compatible

So many of the devices in and around our homes are going with a touchscreen interface. It's easy to use, endlessly customizable and just plain cool to play with! Too bad they're useless in the cold months when you've got gloves on.

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Ever since the first-generation iPhone hit the market, we've seen pre-fab touchscreen-friendly gloves. Check out this fingerless pair from Freehands, this e-tipped pair from The North Face and these $10 "Dots" knit gloves, for reference.

But this is the first time we've seen online instructions that teach you how to make your own gloves touch-screen compatible with just a few stitches.

Touchscreens work by responding to a conductive material, like your skin. When fabric gets in the way, your screen won't register the touch. But if you sew a conductive thread (yes, they sell this—grab 10 feet on a bobbin for $3.95) into your glove so it touches both your skin and the screen, any pair of mittens can be trained to be a stylus!

That's really all you need to know, but if you're a step-by-step kinda person, check out these directions at Instructables.

Via OhGizmo!

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Taryn is a writer, maker, designer, and editor of lifestyle blog Formal Fringe. She lives in an apartment in Atlanta with her fiancé, their Boston Terrier and lots of serving dishes.