I’m staying in the winter spirit with this post!
One thing I discovered about snowshoes in my recently posted about winter adventure is that the crampons (the metal spiked bits that help with traction) on the bottom are pretty sharp (see the photo below). That’s useful when walking, but less useful for transport, especially in a packed trunk!
I wanted to make sure that my snowshoes don’t inadvertently scratch or mar anything, so I decided to make some pads to cover the crampons for storage and transport. I wanted to use as many items from my stash as possible.
I found a few fabrics that were perfect candidates for this project. Purple wool (or at least I thought it was wool until my iron melted it a little… so it’s definitely not 100% wool!) scraps gifted to me, green quilted cotton scraps from about 25 years ago (that I made an elf costume for Christmas out of when I was a child, an amusing memory, to be sure), lavender grosgrain gifted to me, and a bit of velcro left over from recovering my couches in 2020.
I measured the area of the crampons and cut two layers of my quilted fabric for each area (which just used up the scraps perfectly!). I used my overlock machine to attach the two layers and finish the edges at the same time. Then I cut two layers of the purple ‘wool’ to cover the entire crampon area on each snowshoe, sewed those, and turned them right side out. I finished the purple edges by top stitching them twice around all sides. Then I topstitched the quilted pads on in the appropriate spots.
The only thing left was a way to hold the finished pads in place! For that, I sewed lengths of the grosgrain on one side, finished the other ends of the ribbons, and added velcro. Then I sewed a corresponding piece of velcro onto the purple base. Below are the results of these efforts.
Success! Now I have easily removable pads to protect other things from being damaged by the crampons. And, bonus, the pads are cotton and can help absorb excess moisture after I wear the snowshoes!
8 thoughts on “Snowshoe Pads”
You have just advocated for every sewist who ever said “But I might need it!” I bet it was extremely satisfying to use the scraps from the elf costume! And you ended up with something useful and attractive!
Haha! Yes, a justification, for sure. 🙂 It is really special to be able to create things and make useful products for life. It’s something I hope everyone can strive for!
What a brilliant idea! I usually just try to stow mine oh-so carefully.
Thanks! Storing carefully is completely reasonable, too! 🙂
Love this and will probably try something similar to contain those sharp points. This was my first season snow shoeing and so enjoyed it. Also your Winter Wonderland Adventure was dreamy!
Thank you, Christine! So glad that you enjoyed the adventure with me and are inspired to try something similar for your own snowshoes!
Do I see a marketing opportunity? Seriously, the pads are cool, and look easy to use.
Ooo! 😉 Thanks! We’ll see how they work better next winter. For now they’re just hanging out on my snowshoes in the garage. 😉 And no complaints, as I’m currently enjoying the warmer weather. I hope you are, too!