Why Do Skaters Want To Make Their Own Roller Skate Boot Covers?

There are a few reasons why you might want to make your own roller skate boot covers. The first reason is that it can be cheaper than buying them pre-made. 

The second reason is that you can make them exactly how you want them, in terms of color and style. 

And the third reason is that it can help keep your boots in good condition since they will be protected from wear and tear.

What material to use to make roller skate boot covers

There are a few different ways to make roller skate boot covers. The most common way is to use fabric.

You can use any type of fabric, but it is best to use a stretchy fabric so that it will fit comfortably over your boots.

Another option is to use vinyl. Vinyl is a less flexible material, so it may be a bit more difficult to put on, but it will last longer than fabric.

Making your own roller skate boot covers is a great way to save money and have a unique look. In this article, you will learn how to make your boot covers.

The items you will need to make roller skate boot covers

  • Stretchy fabric, about 1/2 yard per pair of skates – We suggest looking in fabric stores’ “performance apparel” sections. The fabric we used is often used for dance costumes because it is stretchy.
  • Roll of 1/2 inch elastic – whatever color you choose does not matter as the color will cover it with fabric.
  • A pair of fabric scissors
  • You should use thread that matches the color of your fabric.
  • Machine for sewing
  • Measuring tape
  • A large piece of paper
  • Pen/pencil
  • Sewing pins
  • Safety pin
  • Skates you’d like to cover

Steps on How to make your roller skate boots covers

Step 1: Make Sure your paper is bigger than your skate.

Make sure your paper is bigger than your skate. To measure the skate boot, you need to trace around the skate without including the trucks or wheels.

Step 2: Add two inches to the top and the bottom of the drawn skate

Two inches are recommended to be added to the skate’s top and bottom. 

As a result, you can draw straight lines around the bottom of the skate to create a skate-like shape for it.

There are two extra inches on top and two on the bottom. Blue lines indicate the skate itself, and the extra space above and below represents the extra inches. Only the boot appears on the trace, not the plate or wheels.

Step 3: Measuring The circumference 

Next, measure the circumference of the skate opening, where your foot goes. You’ll need this information later, so write it down.

The skate has about 11.5 inches – I added 0.5 inches for extra room.

Step 4: Ready with your fabric

 It is important to lay your fabric in a way that is folded in half. 

You will need to pin the cut-out paper to the fabric after placing it on it. 

Using scissors, cut the fabric out so that you have two separate pieces of fabric.

You can pin the paper to your fabric to keep it steady while you cut it out.

Step 5: Place two pieces of fabric together

The next step is to sew. 

As you put your fabric pieces together, ensure that the right sides of the fabric pieces face each other (whichever side you wish to face out in the end). 

The toe side should be sewn together first and then the heel side. 

It was very important to be sure to backstitch the beginning and ending stitches, and I used a zig-zag stitch for that. 

Then sew forward and back a couple of times so it is secure.

Make sure the toe side is sewn first.

Step 6: Do the same with the back side of the skate

Do the same with the back side of the skate. 

Using the zig-zag stitch, backstitch the beginning and ending stitches.

Sew the two pieces that make up the back side of the skate together.

Step 7: Add Elastic to the bottom edge

Next, you’ll add elastic to the bottom edge of the skate cover. It will fit snugly on your boot without interfering with your wheels or trucks. 

Assemble your fabric’s right sides and fold them over about an inch from the bottom side to attach them. 

Since this will be a tunnel for your elastic, you will want to sew the flap with the same zig-zag stitch, leaving a little opening at the top so you can insert the elastic into it.

You will create housing for your elastic with this flap.

Step 8: Opening Left

 After sewing most of the flap, you’ll have an opening. Here is where you will insert the elastic.

You should leave an opening for the elastic here.

Step 9: Pin It

My favorite way to thread my elastic through the fabric is to safety pin it to my fabric so that it’s easier to thread.

Pin the elastic and start threading it through the opening in your cover.

Be sure to pin down that elastic, so you don’t lose it!

Step 10: Make sure it has some tension on the elastic.

Thread the elastic through and ensure there is some tension on it after you have threaded it through. 

The fabric should appear bunched up instead of flat inside (see the photo below). 

There should be more than you need, so fold one piece over the other and stitch it together. If there is any excess elastic, cut it off.

I stitched the elastic back and forth a few times to ensure its connection was secure.

Step 11: Opening Flap Over the elastic

You’ll close the hole in the bottom of your boot cover by sewing the opening flap over the elastic. 

Below is an example of bunched elastic versus flat elastic on a boot cover bottom.

Does this remind you of being handed the jammer panty in the middle of a game? Does anyone even remember the TERROR?

Step 12: Be Ready with your measuring tape

Now it’s time to measure your circumference. 

Take your measuring tape and find the number that matches your circumference measurement. 

Then, measure the top of the back of your cover and measure down from that number (or what half of it is). 

Next, put a pin on this spot because you’re going to sew from the toe to the pin. 

now you should use the same zig-zag stitch to sew to this pin starting at the toe. Also, Be sure to backstitch at both the beginning and ending points.

In this step, you are leaving a hole for your foot and leg.

Step 13: Fold down the top of your boot cover

Currently, you’re completing the only unfinished part of your cover (i.e., it has a raw, unsewn edge). 

Fold the top of your boot cover down 3/4 inch with the right sides again. 

This can be pinned into place and sewn with a zig-zag stitch and backstitching.

That’s it! You’ve made it!

Step 14: You Are Done!

That’s it! You’re done! Make sure the cover is pulled down around the boot and tucked in above the plate as you fit it over the top of your skate.

There may be a bit of excess fabric on the cover, but that’s normal. It’s the nature of performance fabrics. It can be stretched and adjusted as needed.
There’s still room for you to slip your feet in before you roll out! Also, you can readjust the laces by pulling down the cover.
Author

My name is Patricia Toh. I was born in the southen of China but I live in Hawaii. I work as a translator. I love skating. But in the future, I’d like to try yoga too."

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