Monday, July 14, 2008

Scabbard from a Sock

Need a fast scabbard? A lost sock will do the trick!

My son Liam has discovered the Star Wars series. (At last, our geek genes are showing true!) Like Count Grievous, he's collected for himself a rather large collection of light sabers, and one day, he wanted to take them all to a friend's house. Unfortunately, he didn't have enough scabbards to hang them off his belt. We do have plenty of orphan socks, however.

Two minutes, an orphan sock and some scissor work later, he'd made himself this handy scabbard. I thought I'd share his genius with you:

Find a volunteer sock. Smaller ones are better, especially since they stretch.

Cut an inch or two off the top. Discard the rest or use as dusting rags. (My favorite use for the unmatched.) (Liam also likes to do this to make wrist guards.)

Cut about 3/4 of the way through.

If the hole is too big for the saber or sword, you can tie a half-knot to make it smaller.

Thread the belt through and voila! A universal sword scabbard.

Here's Liam modeling the scabbard and wristband.

If you want to read more about our adventures with orphan socks, check out

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