How to Make Soccer Shin Guard Sleeves

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When you're playing soccer, the last thing you want to worry about is adjusting your shin guards every five seconds. Shin guard sleeves work better than traditional hook-and-loop straps for keeping the guards up. If you don't want to spend money for a new pair of sleeves, you can make your own by raiding a closet.

Things You'll Need

  • Shin guards
  • Panty hose (with feet) or tights (without feet)
  • Scissors
  • Lay one leg of the hose/tights over one shin guard. The narrowest part of the ankle should be right at the bottom of the shin guard.

  • Cut the hose/tights about 3 inches above the top of the shin guard (if necessary, cut the foot off at the narrowest part of the ankle).

  • Trim the sleeves until they're at a length you like.

  • Repeat steps 1-3 for other shin guard.

  • Test-fit the sleeve. Either hold shin guard against leg and slide sleeve over, or slide sleeve over leg first, then slip in shin guard.

  • Adjust shin guard until it is at desired location.

  • Slip soccer sock over shin guard and sleeve.

Tips & Warnings

  • It's better to find hose/tights that are too tight at first; they'll stretch once you wear them.
  • If the sleeves are still too tight, move up the leg of the tights/hose until you find a section that is wide enough for your leg.
  • You can also use this method to convert old running tights or the sleeves of a compression shirt.
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