Nothing’s cuter than watching little ones learning to skate.
Watching them go from waddling like ducks to gliding gracefully like swans (ok, well, some of them eventually glide gracefully).
You would think it would be apparent but I never knew skates had to be regularly sharpened. I thought once sharpened in the factory, that was good for the life of the skates! “Umm, this might explain why your kids are having difficulty gliding.” a nice lady told me. “Here – call John, he sharpens all the competitive figure skaters’ skates.”
Well, John did a great job sharpening the skates and showing me how to check if they have become dull.
As I put the skates in the back seat of my van, thinking “Great, nice and sharp”. I had a second thought – should my children be carrying knives attached to boots without some kind of umm..I don’t know… guards? Hence, the idea to make skate guards was born.
It’s pretty easy….
What you need
16” x 16” fabric for the exterior
16” x 16” batting
16” x 16” fabric for the inner lining (I would suggest flannel or felt)
About 60 inches of elastic
1. Cut the batting and the fabric for the inner lining such that the three pieces of fabric are the same size.
2. Place the three pieces of fabric on a flat surface as follows –
At the bottom, Inner Lining fabric (right side up),
In the middle, Exterior fabric (right side down),
On top, batting.
3. Measure and cut the 16” x 16” square into 2 16” x 8” rectangles.
4. Sew the length of the two long edges, joining the 3 pieces of fabric.
5. Turn the sleeve inside out. Repeat on the second set.
6. Iron the two sleeves.
7. Sew an inch in from the two long edges, creating a “tunnel” on each side.
8. Place a safety pin through an end of the elastic string and thread through the two “tunnels”. Cinch it tightly and pin the ends of the elastic together.
9. Sew up the short ends , making sure the seam holds together the elastic. Sew the edge with a zig zag stitch to prevent fraying.
10. Complete the second skate guard. Turn them inside.