How to make Soakers.
With summer skating season coming up soon - or having already begun! - I figure it's a good time for a quick, easy, and fun tutorial: Learn how to make your own blade covers!
These have different nicknames, depending on where you live. At my old rink, we referred to them as “flingies”, because we would amuse ourselves by flinging them at each other during the floods. Nowadays, they seem to mostly be called “soakers”
There are two main ways to make these, Basic - all terrycloth - is the most common style for purchase. For this blog, I'll be showing you how to make the other style, which my favourite kind. These ones use two fabrics - a decorative one for the outside, and terrycloth for the inside.
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First, you'll need to figure out what size you'll want for your pattern pieces. The size of the pieces of fabric you will use depend on the size of the blade. If you have an old pair of flingies hanging around, you might want to take them apart as a pattern. Feel free to play with the sizing, but as examples:
- The one size fits all ones from the store are about 15.5" x 5.5"
- I like to do mine a bit bigger, about 16.25" x 6.25"
Once you have decided on a size for your pattern, cut two pieces of either terrycloth or chamois, and two pieces of whatever fabric you want on the outside. Pretty much any kind of fabric can be used on the outside of the flingie, I used to go to local fabric stores’ remnants bin and buy different funky patterns. The sizing will be the same as the pieces for the basic soakers.
Place the right sides of your outer fabric facing the side of the inner fabric that will be against the blade of the skate. Sew a straight seam up each of the long sides of the rectangles.
Cut 4 pieces of elastic that are shorter than the long sides of the rectangles: you'll want a length of elastic that will suit your size, and keep the soaker on the skate. As an example, a pair of store bought "one size" soakers uses 2 lengths of 8.5" elastic per soaker.
On the terrycloth / chamois side of the rectangles, apply a length of elastic to one of the straight seams, stretching the elastic to fit. This is best done using a zig zag stitch. Repeat this to the other 3 seams.
Flip both of the flingies right side out. Fold them in half so that the long sides match up.
Line up the seams of the long edges on the sides, and sew the side seams with a straight stitch.
Finish off side seams with a zig zag or Serger finish, before turning soakers right side out.
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