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February 19, 2010

Scott is going camping tonight with the Scouts.  For weeks they have been working on making their own snowshoes, and last night I helped him finish them.  So far they had bent the frames out of electrical conduit, done the welding and the drilling and the bolting and everything else.  This is a far from complete step by step process, but this is what we did last night!  I let him (and the Scouts) borrow my sewing scissors.  Gasp!  Scott gave them very strict instructions on what you do and do not cut with sewing scissors.  That is an important lesson that any man/boy needs to learn.  My part was to sew the toe ends.  They are folded under about an inch, so I had to clip the edges and sew them down.  Easy peasy.  The fabric he used is like an industrial weight nylon pack cloth.  I was a little worried about not having a stronger needle, but it all worked out OK.  After we sewed the edges, Scott used my Crop-A-Dile (greatest tool ever) to punch holes for the grommets.

Then it was just a matter of setting the grommets and lacing them up.  It was a really fun project to work on.  And, might I just add, my hubby is totally crafty…. in a very camping/scouting/manly way.  When he was in high school he took a Sports Sewing class and made himself a Ski Coat.  And it is pretty dang awesome.  I’ll post a picture of it sometime.   It has zippers and waterproofness and warmabillity (I think I just made that word up) and everything.  He found the snowshoe instructions on the internet and did a great job helping the boys make their own shoes.  He’s going to try them out tonight up in the mountains, I’ll let you know how it goes!

I am adding this post to Sew&Tell at Amylouwho‘s.  I can guarantee nobody else made snowshoes this week!

18 Comments leave one →
  1. February 19, 2010 10:23 am

    You are right, I haven’t seen any other snow shoes this week! Great fun!

  2. Karen N permalink
    February 19, 2010 1:35 pm

    That is fantastic! What a team effort.

  3. February 19, 2010 2:43 pm

    I believe you are the first to blog about snowshoes on Sew and Tell! Way to go! Thanks for sharing.

  4. Anne permalink
    February 19, 2010 3:20 pm

    I love this for Sew and Tell! We may all need this kind of instruction after the winter we’ve had!

  5. February 19, 2010 3:24 pm

    NO way… husband will flip over this. He is always wanting to go snowshoeing. He was talking last week that we should make a soft top for his jeep…maybe I’ll do it for next week, no one should have that either!

  6. February 19, 2010 6:14 pm

    Those are so cool, now my boy wants some just cause he was looking over my shoulder and saw them! :0

  7. February 19, 2010 7:54 pm

    The first and probably the last time I will ever see snow shoes featured on a craft blog! Very impressive, indeed!

  8. February 19, 2010 9:41 pm

    you are right this is definitely an original finish and very clever. hope they work out for him just as he wants them to.

  9. February 20, 2010 4:04 am

    how cool are those! thank you for your comment on my bags. I think the material was Sandi Henderson’s Meadowsweet? I’m sorry I have been getting in so much material lately that I have a hard time remembering what the names of them are.

  10. February 20, 2010 6:18 am

    Wow! Who would of thought of snow shoes… just too cool!

  11. February 20, 2010 4:20 pm

    Too cool!

  12. February 22, 2010 8:54 am

    Got to get me a crop-a-dile.

  13. February 22, 2010 11:58 am

    Wow! Pretty cool! Your son is so lucky!

  14. February 22, 2010 7:35 pm

    I am totally impressed! I went snowshoeing once – it was awesome! This is probably the only time we’ll see snowshoes up for sew and tell. Love it!

  15. sara permalink
    July 12, 2010 3:37 pm

    This is seriously AMAZING. I had no idea one could make their own snowshoes! I’m totally impressed that your husband did it! What an awesome team y’all are. My husband is crafty, too, but I don’t think it’s in a manly way (wait, don’t tell him I said that…). We make our own Christmas cards – I come up with the design, but then we work together to put them together. He also did some of the prompts from tell your story RVA class! Rockin’. Gotta love guys who will try anything.

    But – back to this! I’m thrilled with this and I might have to try it. I’ve always wondered about snowshoeing, but haven’t tried. I’d be more motivated to try (and probably learn to like it if I didn’t naturally) if I put more effort into it than just renting some snowshoes. So thanks! How did they work out for them? I also want to say – I’m pretty taken with your husband doing scouts even though he doesn’t have a son. The world needs more guys like him.


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