DIY 18″ Doll Skate Guards

We are now taking a break from regular programming to showcase an act of love and a spiritual practice that miraculously took place last week.

Three of the four in our family are involved in hockey.  Well, I could say we all are.  Having kids play hockey in Minnesota is a family occupation, and we are not even at the level of traveling teams!

Our daughter brought along one of her American Girl dolls outfitted to skate to one of our son’s games.  During the course of the game, the doll somehow injured both myself and our daughter with its’ skates.

“She needs some skate guards.”  Mommy said.

“Yes, she does.”  Daughter said.

DIY Skate Guards for Dolls

During a break at home between games, it was my duty and blessing to outfit the doll with skate guards.  So for all those crafty hockey parents out there with very little time…here are the instructions.

Materials: scrap fabric and cord elastic

  1.  DIY Skate Guards for Dolls Step 1Cut fabric.  I cut a strip 2x length of skate plus 1″ by approximately 4x height of blade.  I had 7.5″ by 2.5″. This gave me enough to have a double thickness and not too tight.  Remember two cut 2.




2. Stitch short ends together and finger press seam allowance open.  (I use standard 1/4″ seam allowances.)




3.   Fold right sides together and finger press to indicate 1/2 way.

4.  Measure blades where they connect to the skate for the elastic cord, adding an extra 1/2 inch.  I ended up with 6″.  Remember to cut two.


5.  Turn wrong sides together, finger press at 1/2 way to strengthen fold mark, and sew 1/4″ channel along the folded edge, leaving about 1/2 inch open near seam.



6.   Thread cord elastic through opening and stitch ends together.






7. Stitch opening closed.

8. Create bottom seam by sewing 1/4″ along raw edges.

9.  Turn right side out and put on skates!

1o.  Enjoy!  (They kept our daughter busy for at least 10 minutes of the next game.)


Instead of another task to complete, embrace a moment of creation and the opportunity to honor someone with a gift of love.

About SFriant

I live to walk with others on their journeys - because everyone needs to know that they are loved, that they matter, and that they are doing amazing things. I'm a lot like our two kids: obsessed with learning, and constantly creating.
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2 Responses to DIY 18″ Doll Skate Guards

  1. Barb Hansen says:

    You’re so talented ! Cute skate guards!

  2. Lisa says:

    Such tiny pieces of fabric to work with. These look great!

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