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A scabbard for the little boy

2013 February 16
by elizabeth_admin

Wow, two posts in one day!  I must really be procrastinating.  Haha.  But at least this one has some actual sewing in it.

The little boy who lives with me has been begging to make a scabbard for the sword I bought him on a weekend museum outing a few weeks ago.  Knowing I had some faux leather in the stash that would fit the bill, I said yes.

I looked on-line for some inspiration photos, but apparently not too many people make their own scabbards.  Maybe I’m not using the correct sword terminology which would explain the lack of photos for me to reference.



To make the scabbard  I just guesstimated some measurements based on Jack’s torso size.  I cut two rectangular pieces, one was 25 x 2 inches and the other was 16 x 10.5 inches.  The longer, skinnier piece was sewn twice because I realized I had no way to turn out a faux leather tube without much frustration.  So if you are asked to make a scabbard for a little boy who lives with you, may I recommend that the longer skinnier piece be sewn wrong sides together to avoid that frustration. When putting the scabbard together, I realized, again after the fact, that I should have fit the belt part of the scabbard into the seam allowances of the sword holder before sewing the sword holder.  So now you can benefit from lessons learned.





I cut and pinned the pieces, but Jack did the actual sewing, although I guided the fabric.  For our next project together, I will have him guide and sew the pieces.  Baby steps people.  Of course the baby steps are for me, not him, because I am the one with visions of his fingers mangled by the needle.  Jack is pretty proud and happy with his sword scabbard.  And I am pretty happy about getting this project out of the way so I can concentrate on my SSS.  No, it is not done yet.  I have sort of lost steam since the d-day has come and passed.  *sigh*  I am drinking a cup of coffee right now to get me motivated.

Please send mojo my way if you have any to spare.


9 Responses leave one →
  1. February 16, 2013

    Great job on the scabbard, I bet you have a happy boy. Good luck on the project.

  2. February 17, 2013

    So I learned a new vocab word! He did a great job!
    I bet you are closer to finishing your SSS than you realize. Go for it! 🙂

  3. Judi permalink
    February 17, 2013

    That’s one happy/proud little boy who lives wth you. 🙂 I didn’t know they are called a scabbard…they are, so it must be that not many mom’s or the “little boys who live wth them” make them, but you are a great mom who does such things!!!

  4. Meg permalink
    August 22, 2013

    You have succeeded…your post came up when I googled “sew scabbard”, ’cause my 5 year old NEEDS one immediately. Thanks.

    • elizabeth_admin permalink*
      August 22, 2013

      Make sure the inside is slippery for ease of taking the sword in and out.

  5. Mendy Clark permalink
    October 12, 2014


    Do you make these for other people? If so, what do you charge?

    • elizabeth_admin permalink*
      October 23, 2014

      Sorry, but I don’t Mendy really sew for money. I make gifts for friends occasionally, but that’s all. My time is really precious. Good luck!

  6. Louise permalink
    September 7, 2015

    Thank you! I see you pit this up in 2013. And here in 2015 there are still no tutorials or pics for little boys scabbards! I mean where are they supposed to keep their swords ;-). Of to make one now

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