A couple posts back, I mentioned a mini-ornament swap my friend Dawn and I did this holiday season. It took me a really long time to decide what to make. I had no idea... Until one night while I was trying to fall asleep, it came to me - Gram’s Ice Skates. I got out of bed right then and headed to the basement to search them out. Of course, the ornaments were in the very back of the storage room! Sorta how it always happens, right?
Gram’s ice skates were perfect inspiration. These skates are older than me and are in pretty good shape for their age. From these skates, I updated the pattern just a little – rounded out the edges a bit. Nothing to big that I think she would mind...
Want to know how I made them? I took pictures along the way, so I figure it will be just as easy to write a little tutorial as I describe them.
• Wool Felt
• Large paperclips
• Embroidery thread
• Seed beads
• Quilt batting
Gathering all my supplies would have been really easy if I didn’t have to wait in line for 30 minutes at the fabric store for 1/2 yard of fabric (1/4 yard gave me enough for 12 sets – yes, I started out planning to make just one set, but then I decided I might need to make one for everyone in my family too).
I traced my pattern (you can download it here) onto the felt and the batting and cut them out. On the batting, you will then need to trim about 1/8 or so off the edges... Or probably smarter, trim inside the line the first time you cut.
Gram’s laces were sequence and beads. I liked her style, so I matched them completely. On one side of each skate (remember, each pair has on right and left, so be sure to bead on correct sides) add 4 sequence, bead combinations. First place the sequence, add the bead and then take the needle back through the hole in the sequence.
Now it is time to put the pieces together, scoot the felt through the paper clip, so the clip is in the middle of the pattern. I like the double end of the paper clip to be the toe-pick. Place the batting in the middle and fold the felt. I then pinned it together with a long quilting pin. It really only needs one and I even tossed that one aside once I got going on the embroidery.
To stitch, I used two strands of matching embroidery floss. I started my thread inside the back of the skate so I could hide the knot. Evenly space your stitches around the skate and about 1/8 inch from the edge. Before you get to the top of the skate, add a length of ribbon by poking it inside between the batting. When my stitching got there, I did a backstitch to tack in the ribbon. You can hardly see it in the picture...
When I finished both skates, I tied the ribbons together so that one skate was higher than the other. This is so much like how I used to carry my skates as a kid... Just without the skate guards.
Pretty simple... Unless you are making 12 pairs!