Running gaiters: ever popular with hikers, but I have never tried them! I swear by my winter waterproof gaiters in snowy conditions, but have never tried this variation. I dug through my sewing room and found everything I needed to make them, so thought it would be a fun project on a Friday evening.
I only made my pattern to my own foot size, which is a size 8 for reference. If anyone is trying to use this pattern to make their own, a note that I have large calves and these are a hair on the tight side: fine with tights, okay with thin hiking pants, a stretch (puns always intended!) with thicker pants. My fabric had a firm stretch as it is intended for compression sports wear, so a fabric with a more relaxed stretch would have been fine with these dimensions. Alter accordingly!
- ~1/3 of a yard of 4 way stretch fabric. I used a poly performance fabric I have on hand from some running tights I made.
- 1.5 yards clear elastic (helps the top and bottom edges hold their shape, prevents them from stretching out over time)
- Small amount of velcro
- 6 inches of 1/2″ webbing
- Snaps, I used 4 little metal snaps that I had around that happen to fit through the gaiter loop on my shoes. Kam snaps would have looked better, but I wanted to use what I already had.
Most notes are in the photo captions, but one general thing: use a stretch stitch! I used the dedicated stretch stitch on my machine, but a zig-zag works fine too.
I’m happy with how they turned out, and can’t wait to test them!