Last year I inherited a sewing machine.
I was pretty excited about this development and I had visions of being a super seamstress. Oh, the things that I could make. I had been keeping a surplus of old neoprene from wetsuits that had seen better days and I was looking forward to giving them a new purpose in life.
The other thing I was keen to make was a board sock. There’s plenty of board socks for sale but they’re all pretty samey and stripy. Nothing was calling ‘buy me’ and I had a new board that I wanted to keep all snug and safe.
Two trips to Fabricland in Bristol later (I’m indecisive) and I had some beautiful ikat style stretch material in my possession, now I just had to make the thing.
Making the board sock
I have no idea is this is how I should have gone about it (pro-sewer, I am not), but this is the method I used:
- Lay fabric on floor, place board on top.
- Cut fabric about one inch larger than board (with an extra few inches around the fins).
- Turn board over, repeat the process for the second piece.
- Tack both pieces of fabric together, inside out, leaving a gap to put the board in.
- Test out on the board, tack tighter/looser as required.
- Machine where you tacked using appropriate stitch – I used one for a stretch fabric, as that’s what I was using.
- Test on your board again. At this point, I realised my sock was too long, so I trimmed some excess at the bottom.
- Now you’re ready to create the entry point. I bought some stretchy elastic and a toggle from eBay for this part.
- Here’s where I had to enlist some help from my mum, sewing queen, as it turns out my GCSE textiles only goes so far. What you need to do next is create a channel for the elastic (I’m sure there’s some special technical term for this, sorry sewing community), by folding over the fabric once, tacking, then folding again.
- Sew this final section on the machine and then you’re done, hooray (apart from threading through your elastic which I borrowed a bodkin for).
Here’s the final board bag.
And on the beach in Costa Rica (picture courtesy of Surf Sistas).