I found a Google image that looked fairly simple and I traced it and cut it apart into my pattern. I marked on the pattern pieces the color and which is the top and where to apply glue. Be sure to add a little extra space as you are cutting at the point that you will be gluing the pieces together.
Since I was making pairs of ice skates, I stacked two pieces of felt and cut two at a time of each shape. I hold the two pieces together with clothespins or pins or staples (they come out and don't leave holes). For single small pieces I tape the pattern to the felt. I do it this way because I don't like to trace onto the felt. As you can see, I save and use scraps for small pieces for my sets. I try to keep my scraps sorted by color in ziplock bags. (I hate to cut a small piece from a whole sheet of felt.)
I like to cut all my pieces and do all of my gluing at one go so that the pieces can dry overnight or for about 8 hours before I move onto the next stage of construction.
I used a large needle and twine for my laces and starting at the bottom laced up to the top of the skate.
|Back of the skate|
I glued the ends to the back and glued a pretied bow at the top of the ice skates.
|Voila !! An extreme amount of cuteness! LOL!!|
After using these this week, I think I'll add one more step and cut out a second boot shape to glue to the back. I want to cover the ends of the lacing and make the skates sturdy enough for the children to handle for a matching game. Hope some of these tips help you make your next felt set! Ice skates are a lot of Fun with Friends at Storytime!! Enjoy other great posts for the week at the Flannel Friday Roundup here.