The cycling season is about to begin so I decided to spruce my cycle helmet with a new set of pads.
I have a size 8 head which is difficult to get a helmet big enough for, I bought this XL helmet about 5 years ago (the biggest available then) and spend a very long time with a sanding pad to get the helmet to fit. I recently tried to find a helmet big enough and found only one company that makes a street style helmet and even worse I could not find a single retailer that had one in stock all stockist where sold out.
The helmet had been sitting in storage for the last few years as only took up cycling last year again when I bought my cruiser. The existing pads had become very worn and grubby looking so I decided to replace them until I could find a retailer who has a helmet the right size.
To make the pads I car window demister mitt that i bought in the poundland store. It was made of suede and microfiber cloth backed with a very thin foam pad.
I prepared the pads and then got my mum to do the sowing, I have driven a sowing machine before but not all that well so decide to get someone to do it properly.
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Step 1: Marking Out.
I started by cutting along the seam of the mitt until I had two halves. I was originally going to only use the suede side but there was a seam across the middle of the suede that would have been uncomfortable on the pad that sit on my forehead.
I used the old rear pad as a template and used paper templates to make the outer pads for cutting.
The front pad was cut from the cloth side.
The 2 layers of the mitt are not joined together so i decided I would get my mum to sew them with an overlocking stitch on the sewing machine. If you cant sew or have no access to a sewing machine the 2 layers could be glued together with a contact adhesive spray.
Step 2: Pinning and Cutting.
Once all the pads had been marked out I pinned the top layer to the foam backing before cutting out with scissors.
Step 3: Sewing.
The pads where sewn using a overlocking stitch.
If you have no sewing machine or cant sew you could use contact adhesive spray to join the 2 layers together before cutting out.
Step 4: Fitting the Pads.
Once the pads had been sewn I placed them upside down on a sheet of paper and sprayed them with a coat of spray adhesive.
Allow the adhesive to go tacky before fitting them in place in the helmet.
Thanks for looking, I hope you find this Ible useful.