Mr TMW asked if I would make him something to protect his arms, while he's clearing lantana from our block of land. He wears a long sleeved shirt, but the lantana still causes cuts and scratches. Here's how I quickly made him some arm protectors. They took just 5 minutes.
- Measure the circumference of the arm just below the elbow and add 3" to that measurement.
- Measure from elbow to wrist and add a couple of inches for hems.
- With right sides together sew side seam and neaten.
- Hem one end.
- Hem the second end, leaving a gap of 1" - 2".
- Thread the elastic through and close the gap
Initially Mr TMW wanted elastic at the top, but when he tried them on, he turned them up the other way with the elastic at the wrist. Even without any elastic at the top, they don't fall down, probably because they're made with thick cotton fabric (duck cloth, I think) and sleeves are worn underneath. You could easily add elastic at the top as well.
And here are the arm protectors in action, in amongst the lantana. With the exception of my Peg Bag, this is the quickest project I've made.
Lantana is native to Central and South America. It was brought to Australia as an ornamental garden plant, but is now a noxious weed in our country. When we bought our land, the whole block was covered in it. There's still a way to go, but the end is in sight.
Mr TMW is not quite as enthusiastic about gardening as I am. For me, it's a hobby I'm passionate about and I therefore have a tendency to take over... or so I'm told... LOL!!! The gully project is Mr TMW's baby.
I'm looking forward to seeing how it evolves. I'll have to be content with enjoying the views when I'm down in that part of the garden. Not bad, are they....
Arm protectors are not high fashion, nor are they particularly exciting, but it's not often I get to sew for a guy. I was more than happy to take a break from my current project to whip these up.