A quick peek at just one of my hand groupings. They're scattered all over my studio and house.
After some searching, I realized I wouldn't be able to purchase a sewing pattern for a hand. I had to jump right in and make one myself. I don't have any training in pattern making but I had to try. I used regular white printer paper and drew an outline of my own hand. I didn't measure it while I was drawing but I tried to draw the outline 1/4 inch bigger to allow for seams.
The finished pattern on my kitchen table.
I rummaged through the small cloth stash I have and found a piece of scrap cotton/polyester cloth. I ironed the material to smooth out the wrinkles and fold marks. I pinned the pattern to the folded material. No need to place on a fold but you do want two pieces after you've cut it out.
Printer paper pins easily to the material with sharp pins
I cut out the pattern and basted the two right sides together using a 1/4 inch seam allowance. Just to be clear, you place the right sides together with the wrong side out for basting. I reinforced the base of each finger slightly by backstitching a stitch or two. I wanted to be sure the base of the fingers would be fine because I cut slightly into the "V" at the base of each hand to be sure the material would lay flat when I turned it inside out.
Once you've basted the material together, turn it right side out. This takes a little finesse and patience with the fingers. Next, I stuffed the hand with eco-friendly filling. I filled each finger first taking stock of the shape of each finger. I found the middle finger is a bit too slim. I'll have to go back and change the pattern keeping that in mind.
To make the hand stand up, I filled a small plastic bag with dried beans and placed it inside the base of the hand. I hand stitched the base closed. The hand stands up but it still needs a wider, sturdier base. Another alteration for the pattern. It's a good first try. I can drape necklaces and bracelets from it or put T-pins and put earrings on it. I think I'm on to something!
Finished prototype. Pretty good for the first try.
I'm going make the alterations to the pattern and then sew up some more. I can always use another hand around here! ;-)