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Terrific Tuesday – Skate Guards/Soakers {a tutorial}

2014 January 21

I found a button in the bag-o-buttons my sister put in my stocking at Christmas. It says “No Stress”. I’m sure it’s from a random company somewhere – but it has turned into the theme for this year’s blogging. I tend to stress out about posting, especially on Mondays. Bloggers can get to thinking the world revolves around their posts… It’s not true, though, I hear. And of course it isn’t, because I don’t refresh my favorite blog sites all day when they are expected to post. For them, I understand that life sometimes takes over and it’s not possible to keep up with the schedule they would like to have. But, for some reason I don’t let the same rules apply to myself – I don’t allow me to catch a break, and I get on my case for posting most Monday posts at midnight (or after!). All that to say, I’m trying to be more organized this year. I’m hoping to have Monday’s posts finished before Monday, and schedules for other posts pre-planned and do-able – none of these crazy plans to sew a 20 hour item in 5 hours anymore – No Stress!

So, how about we call this Terrific Tuesday – which will be a new series inserted as needed when Made by Me Monday doesn’t work out due to sickness, the kids’ sickness, other work, random and varied other things I can think of! Today’s Terrific Tuesday is brought to you by my oldest – who unfortunately was not feeling great yesterday and has now given it (an achy cold) to me. (We were just a tad busier than usual yesterday because of it!) My husband let me sleep in this morning so I have a bit of energy this afternoon. Thankfully that means I won’t have to think up something like Wonderful Wednesday to cover tomorrow!

I’ve got a super-pinnable graphic for you below that explains how to make the skate guards/soakers for any size skate. They are lined with beach towel scraps I had lying around and the outside is regular quilting cotton. These are really fast to put together and the graphic has all of the directions. If you want to have a little more detail, you can check out the written instructions below the photos.

What you need:

  • old/new towel, fabric, 1/4″ elastic, safety pin, regular sewing gear
Written Instructions:
  1. Cut 2 pieces of fabric and 2 pieces towel –  each piece is twice the length of the skate blade x double the height of the blade + 1.5″
  2. Take 1 piece of towel and 1 piece of fabric. Place right sides together, stitch with 1/4″ seam along both long edges.
  3. Turn so wrong sides are together, stitch both long edges with 1/2″ seam to create elastic casings.
  4. Insert elastic into casing through one end and over to the other, folding outer (fabric) sides together.
  5. Pull elastic and tighten to blade length, match short edges, pin.
  6. Stitch short ends with 1/2″ seam, trim seam allowance to 1/4″, zigzag edges to neaten, turn fabric side out and DONE!
As usual – please email me if you have any questions!

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  1. Laura permalink
    January 22, 2014

    I made these last year but I used bias tape to put the elastic around the top. I like your version better; it’s easier too!

  2. Ashley permalink
    January 22, 2014

    These are great! A perfect way to use up some scraps. I’ll definitely be making these soon.

    • January 23, 2014

      I’m glad you like it Ashley. This is a super satisfying project because it is so quick and easy! :)

  3. January 23, 2014

    Great job. I love that you find a sewing solution to a lot of your needs. Ps…are these the expanding skates? If so, how do you like them?

    • January 24, 2014

      Thanks! The expandable skates are fantastic, we really like them. Especially since the kids will both be able to wear them multiple years. Definitely a good buy! :)

  4. January 25, 2014

    Ice skating is not really done around here but if I skated, I would want some cute protectors like yours. Very pretty!
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    • January 25, 2014

      Thanks Rhonda! :) We have the weather, but I need TONS of practice.

  5. Mike permalink
    February 15, 2015

    I lost one of my store-bought soakers, and wanted to find an inexpensive way to make some with my minimal sewing skills. Of all the instructions I saw on the web, yours are far-and-away the easiest to understand follow. My new soakers will be the envy of all my hockey team-mates, thanks so much!

  6. February 16, 2015

    LOVE these! Thanks so much!!

  7. Amy permalink
    August 23, 2015

    These look great! I just bought some new skates on trademe and wanted to get some soakers for them, I love skating but can’t do it often due to the cost, but with my own skates it will cost only $10 rather than $14 each time so might be able to go once or twice a week

  8. BARBARA LENA permalink
    March 9, 2016


    • March 9, 2016

      Hi Barabara. It is best to thread the elastic through. Pin it in place. Match the ends then sew them into the body of the skate guard with the end seam. Of course, you can baste the elastic in place instead of pinning if you’d like too. Hope that helps! :)

  9. July 28, 2016

    Thank you so much for the instructions. I just made a pair for mt husbands hockey skates.

  10. Debbie Thomas permalink
    July 6, 2017

    love these, great instructions, do you have pattern for the puffier ice skate guards?

    • July 9, 2017

      Hi Debbie. Not right now, but you could try making these a bit larger and adding another layer of towel to make them puffier? Hope that helps! And thanks :)

  11. Olivia permalink
    January 14, 2018

    Hi there! I’m just here to say that this soaker pattern is amazing! I’m a competitive figure skater, and so are my two best friends. They decorated my locker at the rink,as well as theirs with this adorable pineapple wallpaper as a surprise- Well, I was quite surprised. I wanted to say thank you but I didn’t know how. I went to Micheals one day with my mom and found the exact pattern of pineapples on fabric- and I thought to make soakers. Found this website and now we’re all going to competition with them! They turned out looking so professional- But of course, I just had to add rhinestones! :) thank you so much!

    • January 15, 2018

      Hooray Olivia! I’m so glad you could use the pattern. Love that you all match! And I wouldn’t have thought to add rhinestones – great idea! And good luck in the competition :)

  12. Monta Anastasija Dambrova permalink
    February 27, 2018

    Needed inspiration on how to make them and this was fantastic! Don’t have a sewing machine so took me like 3.5 hours but they’re incredible and only paid for the towel and elastic (£2.50 all together). So happy and the skates are happy too!

    • February 28, 2018

      Thanks so much! I’m so glad it worked out for you – and by hand too! Good job! :)

  13. Karen permalink
    July 21, 2018

    Thank you so very much for this tutorial!! My daughter (age 7) just started taking ice skating lessons this summer and we bought her new skates. We have been looking for soakers, but couldn’t find ones she really liked. I took her fabric shopping and she picked out exactly what she wanted. I monogrammed the fabric and followed your tutorial. She is so very happy!! She couldn’t wait until her next lesson to show her friends! Thank you, thank you, thank you!

    • August 17, 2018

      !I’m so glad you like it Karen! Thank you so much for letting me know.

  14. April permalink
    November 6, 2018

    What kind of fabric? Fleece or flannel?

    • November 7, 2018

      Hi April. I used Quilting Cotton for the outside and a piece of a towel for the inside. Hope that helps!

  15. Christine permalink
    November 28, 2021

    Made teal and pink soakers for my daughter today. She is thrilled. I raided my give-away pile for old clothes to use for fabric. The teal fabric was from an old torn up Avatar costume, and the pink towel was from when my daughter was a baby. I used elastic from the waistband of one of my old skirts.

    • November 30, 2021

      Hi Christine, I’m glad she loves them! I love that you reused the materials!

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