Monday, December 22, 2008

25 Days of Christmas: Day 22

I don't know why I didn't think of this before. Unfortunately I just bought my husband really nice club covers... BUT, my grandfather still uses old tube socks to cover his. HaHa, classy huh? This tutorial by CraftStylish is not only easy to follow but makes a GREAT last minute gifts for those Golfers in your life!

* Men’s 100% wool long-sleeved sweater (the thicker the better!)
* The actual club you are crafting the cover for
* Straight pins
* Sharp scissors
* Sewing machine

Step by Step
1. Felt the sweater in your top-loading washer with the hottest water possible. Check the progress after the first wash, and run it through again if the fabric is not dense enough. Give it a tumble in a hot dryer to complete the process. If you want to skip the felting process, that is fine. Keep in mind a felted sweater will work best because it makes a thicker material to provide added cushioning around the club.

2. Pin the cuff of the sleeve so the club head just fits through the opening. Make sure there is a tight fit so you don't have a lot of extra bulk around the shaft of the club.

3. Mark the outline of the cover with pins prior to cutting. Pin along the seamline.

4. Make sure the length is on par with other covers that are in the golf bag. Keep the length the same as the other club covers in the bag.

5. Lay the club on top of the outline to see if you have a good shape. You are aiming for a smooth fit.

6. Begin cutting at the cuff edge, leaving a 3/8-inch seam allowance. Make sure you are cutting evenly on each side of the seam.

7. Sew along the seamline.

8. Slip in the club and make any shape adjustments.