Gaiters really do not take up a lot of fabric. They didn’t look complicated to make and I thought to myself, why not make my own pair? It took quite a bit of trial and error, but I am really happy with the version I came up with and I want to share my knowledge with you so you can skip the mistakes and end up with a perfect pair on your first go round!
What you need:
- A sewing machine and thread
- A piece of paper
- Scissors or rotary cutter
- Sew on Velcro
- Sticky back Velcro
- Hooks (2)
- Performance/moisture wicking stretch fabric. The fabric I used for this tutorial was a directional print with 50% stretch width wise and 30% stretch length wise. I’m sure a variety of fabrics will work. Just know you might have to adjust your pattern piece bigger or smaller if your first try isn’t a good fit.
- A 3 inches by 7 inches piece of non-stretch cotton fabric.
1. Mark 7 inches up from the bottom corner of the page.
2. Mark 7.5 inches from the bottom corner to the right.
3. Draw a line from 7 inches, 3.75 in into the paper. It should be a flat line and not angled up or down.
4. Draw a curved line from the 3.75 mark to the 7.5 mark. It's not a straight line, it's a slightly curved line!
5. Mark the fold so you remember where to line up the fold of your fabric.
This is what your pattern piece will look like so far.
1. Fold your stretch fabric in half. Line up the fold on your pattern piece with the fold in your fabric. Cut 2.
1. Fold the 3x7 piece of fabric in half. Sew with ¼ seam allowance the short ends of the fabric. It will look like this when it’s done.
11. Fold the gaiter in half to find the middle back seam. Line up the middle of the Velcro with the middle of the back seam. Pin in place and then stitch the velcro in place using a regular stitch. Repeat for the other side.
Now it’s time to add Velcro to your shoes!
Take your sticky back Velcro and cut two 1 inch hook pieces (the hard side of velcro). Use scissors to curve the corners. Peel off the plastic backing and place the Velcro in the middle back of your shoe. Some trail shoes already have Velcro on the back. You won’t need to add some if you have it already.
Watch the video for how to put your gaiters on and have fun on those trails!