Hockey Sock Straps

As a complete newbie when it comes to hockey I have been learning as I go. I research online about gear and then arrive in our Play It Again Sports store still pretty clueless and the really helpful guys in there give me tips and help me out. My neighbor gave me hockey socks so I researched them and I learned that you needed to put hockey socks over your knee guards to help keep them up because otherwise they can slip (also for team identification, oh, and warmth I’m sure). So for that you need tape, to hold up the socks, so I researched tape, and I bought tape… However I also noticed you could buy elastic straps with velcro, so a couple of years ago I made a pair. Conor has been using them and Papa finds them so useful that he has been transferring them between the two boys’ hockey bags. One of them needed some re-sewing so I took out the machine, resewed that, and put a pictorial together for myself so I would remember how to do it(and for anyone else who hates running out of hockey tape).
Bear in mind the sizing is for 7 and 5 year-old boys. The elastic gives plenty of growing room and stretches around a hockey sock and knee guard but a teenager and adult would benefit from some measuring.

15 inches 1-inch non-roll elastic (3/4-inch actually works too)

Sew 2.75 inches of 3/4 inch hook tape on one side, then FLIP it, and sew 5 inches 3/4 inch loop tape on the Other End (and Side)

Ready for hockey

You will need:
1-inch non-roll elastic
3/4-inch hook and loop tape
Cut elastic into 15-inch lengths, hook tape to 2.75-inch lengths, loop tape to 5-inch lengths.
On one end, sew hook tape. Flip the elastic, then sew loop tape on the other end.


Seatbelt Cushion

After Mum had breast cancer I made her a seatbelt cushion to help provide some comfort after her mastectomy. She found it so useful that she asked me to make one for her friend. I couldn’t remember quite how I made it, so I took a pictorial as I went along trying to figure it out again.

I wrapped the fleece around some prequilted fabric

9inches by 12 inches is about right

Next time I will lay the hard part of the velcro here, and keep the soft part on the outer flap

This part should be velcro. Sew along the edges of the quilted batting to make a nice fold

Ready to wrap around a seatbelt

Christmas Sewing (and Baking)

I did a fair amount of sewing to get ready for Christmas this year.
I fixed a lovely tree skirt that my aunt-in-law Susanna gave us. It needed a slit so we could fit it around our tree stand. As you will see in this post, I got a lot of before pictures of things, but not so many “after”s…

Before cutting the tree skirt (I did a simple lining of the edges with bias tape)

Before making candy cane cookies

Before making shortbread

Before making four more stockings for the fireplace

Oh look! I actually managed an after picture!

Mending Jersey-Lined Sweatpants

Conor has been wrecking the knees of both his new hand-me-down pants as well as newer pants I’ve bought. I decided to attempt to fix up two pairs of old pants that had ripped straight across the outer fabric but still had intact jersey lining.
I couldn’t turn these inside out, so I turned the rips in on each other and did a zigzag stitch along it. It is raised, but it is neat.

The other pair actually had such a frayed cuff that I was able to turn it inside out through the cuff. The rip was much worse, but was neater to mend because I could turn it inside out. I also darned two holes on the other leg, and then when I was all done I noticed a rip on the Butt!!! Needless to say, this pair is now in the emergency change of clothes stash in the car.

Rips and tears

Early Morning Crafting

It’s hard to get any time for my favorite hobbies any more, but this one had a deadline. Eamon woke up super early one morning and promptly conked out on me. I grabbed my embroidery and got ‘er done…

It was a gift for my awesome sister- and brother-in-law – an embroidered depth chart of the lake in Minnesota where they invite us to stay

It was warmly received!

It has a jet ski and hot dog, a catfish, a campfire, a pelican and a loon


I had a ton of mending to do. I was waiting for a NAP, a quiet moment, or a loud moment that would drown out my sewing machine. But I gave up waiting for the perfect moment and just got it done…

with some help…

Now, I’m not proud of this messy pile and the dirt on my rug, but I am proud of finally getting these things fixed!

In this pile: hand-me-downs that needed rehemming or slight holes fixed (proud of a torn button area that I machine-darned and reaffixed a button), fix a lace area on a nice top (a bit shoddy). I also was really challenged by a lovely sweater Papa bought in Italy but which the shop assistant switched as she packed it for him and it has moth holes!!! I think it’s a lost cause but he was willing to let me try…

Resizing a T-Shirt

We got a great Big Papi t-shirt as a Red Sox giveaway last year. I decided to try and downsize the XL so it could fit Conor. I tried to make it about a size 10, using an 8 as a model and being generous with cutting, but I neglected to be generous enough with the sleeves. I also kept it longer because I didn’t want to hem through the design.

Measuring and committing

Pinning the sleeves

I think I overcompensated the size because I didn’t want to make it too small!!!

This was a fun project. Nerve-wracking, but fun. It will fit Conor well in about a year. He wore it already, so that’s a great sign. I’m also pleased it fits me! A bit tight on the upper arms and shoulder, and a bit shoddy underarm, but I learned a lot!

Growth Chart

I have been working on my own idea for a cross stitch growth chart for about four years. I finally stopped kidding myself that I would ever catch up before hanging it up. It feels good to have it on the wall.

I stitch the boys’ favorite things for each year

Halloween with a Trio

Eamon’s first Halloween was a joy. I took on way too much by acquiescing to making two Pokemon costumes, so I got very stressed at times, but the work was worth it, especially seeing Eoin’s joy in his costume.


Grandpa David sent awesome pyjamas (and treats!)

Conor wanted to be Ash Ketchum from Pokemon. Most elements were easy (pants, shoes) but I had to make a shirt, with a collar! It was fun to explore new sewing techniques, but I must admit I was scared until I tried it. I also cut down some one-dollar gloves and sewed them so they wouldn’t fray, and I made three Pokeballs out of fleece because I knew he would be throwing them at his brother!


Gotta Catch ‘Em All!

We had great fun at the school Halloween party with these costumes and of course also on Halloween itself. I KNEW all my work for Eoin was worth it when he brought back a drawing from school: “What I want to be for Halloween”


Eoin as “Charizard” from Pokemon

Eamon took everything in his stride, enjoying the excitement.


He was a big fan of the pumpkin ring toss


But to be honest he wasn’t terribly impressed by being confined to a stroller for trick-or-treating… He seemed to want to join his brothers ringing doorbells!