Quidditch – Arm Pads

We’re down to the last piece of equipment for our Quidditch uniform. If you kept your Quidditch robe sleeves full length, you can get away with skipping this step and the uniform still looks complete. If you decided to make the robe sleeves 3/4 length or you’re a  purist, then work on:

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Materials needed:

  • brown synthetic leather (I used the same fabric and I used for the shoes, shin guards, and knee pads)
  • tan or cream fabric for the piping and back of the pads
  • piping or string/yarn to make your own piping
  • matching thread
  • 3/4″ Velcro or elastic

You’ll be using the same technique that you used for the shin guards. I won’t be as detailed today since its a similar procedure.

First you’ll cut out leather for the upper part of the arm pad. The general shape and dimensions are shown below. I would cut both arm pieces out on folded fabric so that you  get symmetric pieces with the curves on opposite sides

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Next, you need to sew from the back to make the panels – just like we did for the shin guards.

 

 

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Once the panels are sewn, you can cut the lower part of the arm pad out of the leather (the part that covers the wrist and top of the hand.) The general shape is a rectangle with rounded corners on one side. It should be 1 1/2″ tall and as wide as the piece you’ve already sewn.

 

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This time you’ll be sewing the panels perpendicular to the other piece. When you’ve finished, the two pieces together will look like this:

 

 

Sew the two panels together wrong sides together.

Now, it’s time for the piping. Make and add it just like we did for the shin guards. There are more curves, so you’ll have a lot of edges to clip. Go slowly.

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Next, you’ll add 4 leather strips per pad to make the straps. I cut them 3/4″ X 2 1/2″. You’ll arrange them as shown in the picture. Sew them in place.

 

 

 

Next, cut white/cream fabric backing traced from the shape of the pad. Leave a wide margin – you can cut off the extra later. Sandwich all the pieces together with right sides together. Make sure any long straps are folded under, so they don’t get sewn to both sides by accident. Leave a space to turn the arm pad right side out. Trim extra fabric near the stitching. Turn and sew the opening closed.

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Cut a 1″ strip of velcro in half and attach to the straps. Put the sharp, hook side so that it faces up / away from the doll (otherwise it will stick to the sweater.). The soft, loop side works better facing down / towards the doll. Everything should look like this when you’re done.

 

 

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We did it! A full Quidditch uniform for your doll!

Our next book will focus on costumes for The Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch.

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