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Recycled Glove How-to: Make a Chipmunk Softie

Oct 17, 2008

by missbatch handmade and vintage goods

Gloves (like socks), while born to be part of a pair, often end their days in lonely solitude, separated from their mates by the forces of the universe that conspire at every turn to pull them apart. Alone, they sadly serve little purpose (aside from the occasional show biz appearance for only the most sparkling among them), and are left to languish in the backs of a drawers and bottoms of closets — that is, if they’re not disposed of all together. Ah… but it’s a new day.

With her book, Happy Gloves: Charming Softy Friends Made from Colorful Gloves, she’s given hopelessly single gloves a new lease on life as cozy companions. In her able hands, one glove’s worth of material becomes an elephant, a penguin, a donkey, a bunny — you name it — all set free to romp and play together. (Can’t you just hear the claps of cheer?)

Crafter and author Miyako Kanamori has a plan and she’s ready to share it!

Try your hands at this chipmunk to start your very own menagerie of recycled glove critters. Download complete instructions here or follow along below.

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Thanks to the Penguin Group for sharing this project from Happy Gloves.

Author Miyako Kanamori is a crafter who lives in Tokyo. She is also the author of Sock and Glove. You can see more of her work at her website:

For more cute critters made from recycled materials, search “Recycled Softie“. Some examples plus a few other autumn-inspired creations can be seen in the related items below.


  • JustAnotherDay

    JustAnotherDay said 12 years ago

    seriously adorable! I may just have to try this out!

  • PhineasandLou

    PhineasandLou said 12 years ago

    I love this...definitely a must try!

  • AutumnLeavesJewelry

    AutumnLeavesJewelry said 12 years ago

    I love this! Now I know what to do with my "one" gloves I have...awesome!!! thanks!

  • VirginiaRoseKane

    VirginiaRoseKane said 12 years ago

    Oh, now that is just too fun for words!

  • GrandmaWasAFloozy

    GrandmaWasAFloozy said 12 years ago

    AHHH!! I can't WAIT to try this!

  • bubbletime

    bubbletime said 12 years ago


  • annabeads

    annabeads said 12 years ago


  • JustJaynes

    JustJaynes said 12 years ago

    So cute!

  • RaeGun

    RaeGun said 12 years ago

    oh this is so so cute and awesome what a fun project

  • art4milkbones

    art4milkbones said 12 years ago

    I feel a chipmunk challenge coming on ..

  • botodesigns

    botodesigns said 12 years ago

    oooo!! the cuteness! This is an awesome project. I have so many gloves missing their pair. I always wondered what to do with them. Now I know!

  • dalesdreams

    dalesdreams said 12 years ago

    Oh, my goodness, that is just too cute, what a most creative idea for recycling!

  • theartistscloset

    theartistscloset said 12 years ago

    Love the acorn earrings-sweet!

  • dogties

    dogties said 12 years ago

    So cute! Love the chipmunks

  • theseasonalcottage

    theseasonalcottage said 12 years ago

    This brings back memories making these and sock monkeys when my boys were younger. Great piece!

  • SimplyShell

    SimplyShell said 12 years ago


  • skiessoblue

    skiessoblue said 12 years ago

    I have so many old gloves!! That's so cute. I'll have to make one!!

  • Thinkoutsidethebox

    Thinkoutsidethebox said 12 years ago

    The chipmunk is adorable and I love to see things repurposed...especially into something so cute and useful. Missbatch, your writing humor is fabulous. I really enjoyed your 'hook' paragraph...made me want to read on...

  • JeweledAmbrosia

    JeweledAmbrosia said 12 years ago

    Oh, I love this!

  • Yokoo

    Yokoo said 12 years ago

    This is so fun! Such a great idea! Genius I tell you.

  • emmaray

    emmaray said 12 years ago

    I can't wait to try this - awesome!!!!

  • papermenagerie

    papermenagerie said 12 years ago

    this is the cutest ever! Great use for those dollar store gloves.

  • thedreamdom

    thedreamdom said 12 years ago

    Oh, way too cool! Must make this NOW.

  • GreenfieldSoaps

    GreenfieldSoaps said 12 years ago

    To cute! I have a black glove without a partner, I might just have to use this to turn him into a skunk :)

  • ReFabulous

    ReFabulous said 12 years ago

    I just love this! I can see making a few Christmas gifts like these.... ;)

  • rebeccaaccessories

    rebeccaaccessories said 12 years ago

    He is super cute!! This will be my next weekend project!!

  • LoucheLab

    LoucheLab said 12 years ago

    Really cute! I'm holding myself back from destroying my winter gloves! yes, they are orange and will be perfect for this...

  • artwerx

    artwerx said 12 years ago

    So cute and clever!!

  • Bumblebeebaby

    Bumblebeebaby said 12 years ago

    That's so cute I can't stand it!

  • CheeseAtFourpence

    CheeseAtFourpence said 12 years ago

    This is great, thanks so much for sharing it. I can see lots of chipmunk stocking fillers being made over the next few weeks...

  • Rockalicious

    Rockalicious said 12 years ago

    I've always wanted to try this out. Thanks for the article!!

  • ModFarmgirl

    ModFarmgirl said 12 years ago

    That's really cool! Thank you!!! I suppose if you had a lonely black glove, you could make yourself a little skunk friend!

  • cookiesandcreme

    cookiesandcreme said 12 years ago

    this i have to try..... so cute & looks like so much fun!!! thanks for the awesome idea!!!


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  • FeltInspired

    FeltInspired said 12 years ago

    so very cool....(looks under bed for lone glove)...

  • shopgoodgrace

    shopgoodgrace said 12 years ago

    oh my... this is absolutely adorable! Fantastic directions. Thank you Miyako Kanamori and Penguin Group! (And to missbatch for sharing it as well.) :)

  • svillca

    svillca said 12 years ago

    It's so cute, I'll try it! Great idea, thanks for sharing :D

  • BlackStar

    BlackStar said 12 years ago

    How clever! and cute! Thanks for adding my earrings to the related items. :)

  • InfiniteCosmosGirl

    InfiniteCosmosGirl said 12 years ago

    ooooh! i love it! i'm going to make one for my daughter :-)

  • MeadowbelleVintage

    MeadowbelleVintage said 12 years ago

    So cute, why make just one--and who needs gloves when they can have glove ANIMALS?!? Seriously, a GREAT way to recycle gloves!! Looks like fun for everyone.

  • tinygreenapples

    tinygreenapples said 12 years ago

    I Love it!! I'll have to try it!

  • DeborahVoizin

    DeborahVoizin said 12 years ago

    I just love this one! I can't wait to try to make one...or two!

  • designbynihan

    designbynihan said 12 years ago

    I absolutely have to try it, soo cute!!!

  • BluCille

    BluCille said 12 years ago

    That's the cutest! I like the wooden nose.

  • perebags

    perebags said 12 years ago

    adorable!!!! i'm totally trying this. What a fun Storque article!! Thanks!

  • madeofjacinta

    madeofjacinta said 12 years ago

    sooo cute!!

  • symbelmynie

    symbelmynie said 12 years ago

    8D incredible!!! its so lovely

  • ALLthangsOLDbutNEW2u

    ALLthangsOLDbutNEW2u said 12 years ago

    This tutorial was really cool. I never though you could do that with just one glove. Thanks for sharing this. I will definatly try this soon.

  • imnotyrbabe

    imnotyrbabe said 12 years ago

    wow..nice tute ^^ thx for sharin ^^

  • AwApplesauce

    AwApplesauce said 12 years ago

    Too cute! I make Boston Terrier glove dolls!

  • Piggy

    Piggy said 12 years ago

    Adorable!! Who would have thought that it used to be a glove :D

  • prairietree

    prairietree said 12 years ago

    Need to make one for my chipmunk collection! However it will alter my single glove collection.

  • Feltathome

    Feltathome said 12 years ago

    absolutely fabulous

  • nfall2rt

    nfall2rt said 12 years ago

    So cute! How crafty, and great to recycle:)

  • PinkWaterFairy

    PinkWaterFairy said 12 years ago

    This is brilliant, thank you for sharing :)

  • EJPcreations

    EJPcreations said 12 years ago

    This is one of the many reasons I truly love Etsy!

  • knittingmette

    knittingmette said 12 years ago

    too cool! great idea! thx for sharing!

  • Dianecran

    Dianecran said 12 years ago

    Off in search of orphaned gloves!

  • pumpkinhaus

    pumpkinhaus said 12 years ago

    hey! I was looking at that book last night at the bookstore!! very cute.. thanks for the tutorial.

  • Zahi

    Zahi said 12 years ago

    love the glove idea :)

  • kachingdesign

    kachingdesign said 12 years ago

    Aw... it's too cute!

  • ThePeachTree

    ThePeachTree said 12 years ago

    You're killing me with this little guy!

  • reindeergirl

    reindeergirl said 12 years ago

    OMG, that is so completely ADORABLE!!! :) Thanks for this feature!!

  • theinkling

    theinkling said 12 years ago

    I'll try it right away!

  • JoyandWhimsy

    JoyandWhimsy said 12 years ago

    So cute! Thanks Miss Batch.

  • wingsandfences

    wingsandfences said 12 years ago

    goodbye gloves, hello chipmunk :)

  • happydaystudio

    happydaystudio said 12 years ago

    Cute!!! I love this! :D

  • kittyd

    kittyd said 12 years ago


  • bobnstitch

    bobnstitch said 12 years ago

    really great!

  • ElegantSnobbery

    ElegantSnobbery said 12 years ago

    I am totally going to make one!! Or two or three or four. That is the cutest chipmunk ever!!

  • BellaMcBride

    BellaMcBride said 12 years ago

    Fantastic directions! Thanks!

  • miraartz

    miraartz said 12 years ago

    Love it. Super cute

  • TheBrassHussy

    TheBrassHussy said 12 years ago

    how cute, I'll never look at a lonly lost glove the same again.

  • lacravatteduchien

    lacravatteduchien said 12 years ago

    So cute!!!

  • MyArtShoppe

    MyArtShoppe said 12 years ago

    Wow Amazing! And cute too! What a great rainy day craft project to do with a child ,how fun ; ]

  • julietaromano

    julietaromano said 12 years ago

    great! very very original!

  • BouquetSpecialDesign

    BouquetSpecialDesign said 12 years ago

    Love it. Good idea:)))

  • babypeasandcarrots

    babypeasandcarrots said 12 years ago

    So cute, my kids would love making those!

  • DesignsbyChar

    DesignsbyChar said 12 years ago

    Cute, makes me want to go out and buy some gloves to try it out.

  • Kiie

    Kiie said 12 years ago

    Thank you so much for sharing this. So great of Etsy team to finally share some tutorial. :D I always wanted to make some sock toys. Soooo cute.. Thanks...*muaks*

  • connieb1953

    connieb1953 said 12 years ago

    SOOOOOOO adoriable... can't wait to make them!

  • ColibriDreams

    ColibriDreams said 12 years ago

    How cute is this! I might have to "lose" a glove just to try it1

  • dcmilkweed32

    dcmilkweed32 said 12 years ago

    Absolutely adorable! I love it! Thank you for sharing!

  • oldefrostfarm1780

    oldefrostfarm1780 said 12 years ago

    Oh my...C-u-t-e!!!!! liz

  • Ravenhill

    Ravenhill said 12 years ago

    How incredible! Thanks for sharing how to make this delightful little creature! ~Emily, an American in Norway

  • mojoandco

    mojoandco said 12 years ago

    I love it! Someone is definitely getting a chipmunk for Christmas.

  • willabbydesigns

    willabbydesigns said 12 years ago

    I am going to scavenge around my house for a spare glove right now! I can't wait to try this!!

  • cbarjcrafts

    cbarjcrafts said 12 years ago

    Oh this is SO cool! I have a zillion gloves that are missing their pallys. I am going to give this a go! :)

  • Enchanticals

    Enchanticals said 12 years ago

    I, sadly, was born without the gene for sewing on my DNA. But, I have been aching to make a sock monkey. I adore this glove chipmunk. And... I think I can go against nature and do this. By Jove, I know I can. Love this. Love this. Thank You! Tralalalalala

  • MyDarlingBaby

    MyDarlingBaby said 12 years ago

    neat idea! lovely! goes good with a soap. :)

  • pouch

    pouch said 12 years ago

    aww cute! might have to try and make one of these for my niece :)

  • BlueSkyStudios

    BlueSkyStudios said 12 years ago

    That is tooo cute!

  • GoTo

    GoTo said 12 years ago


  • zenimagery

    zenimagery said 12 years ago

    How totally adorable are these! I have some little ones in my life...and adults too, that would love these!

  • AprilJennifer

    AprilJennifer said 12 years ago

    This is just too cute!

  • twirler83

    twirler83 said 12 years ago

    THIS IS SO CUTE. My daughter and I are going to try this. Thanks for shiaring! :)

  • myhandmadecards

    myhandmadecards said 12 years ago


  • iaiao

    iaiao said 12 years ago

    great idea! I'll put one in my live!

  • tinyspace

    tinyspace said 12 years ago

    loving this!!!

  • LondonParticulars

    LondonParticulars said 11 years ago

    Fantastic! Just like the Ikea Hackers...only with gloves!

  • HouseofHonore

    HouseofHonore said 11 years ago

    Adorable! I can't wait to try this with my matchless gloves.

  • nomilktoday

    nomilktoday said 11 years ago

    great great great!!!!

  • MeganAlisa

    MeganAlisa said 11 years ago

    Love it!! Can't wait to give it a try, thanks so much.

  • RossanaShoshana

    RossanaShoshana said 11 years ago

    So beautiful.great idea!

  • RossanaShoshana

    RossanaShoshana said 11 years ago

    So beautiful. Great idea.Thanks.

  • OnelifeRosen

    OnelifeRosen said 11 years ago

    great idea, love it :)

  • mmmcrafts

    mmmcrafts said 10 years ago

    I know my kids will LOVE THIS. Thanks so much!

  • BettyRaige

    BettyRaige said 10 years ago

    I think this is graet I absolutly love reusing things! check out or our facebook!/pages/ecofreek/322156493642. I post all kinds of fun craft ideas for you and the kids! Happy crafting! love BettyR

  • jansew1

    jansew1 said 10 years ago

    I would sew on all the lines and then cut it apart, would be easy to keep the edges together

  • 5erg

    5erg said 9 years ago

    Very cute outcome, great idea too!

  • srifowler

    Samantha from srifowler said 9 years ago

    I love this idea! I think I'm going to take all of our mismatched gloves and have a "glove" party with my 5 year old!

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    angeline gonzalez said 8 years ago

    I'm useing dryer sheet insead of cotton as stuffing OMG smells sooo good

  • sketchedsoul

    Farhana Faruq from sketchedsoul said 7 years ago

    This is SOOO awesome! Thank you so much for sharing :D

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