A scabbard for the little boy
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.