My mom got one for me for Christmas. (Butterick B5733, if you're interested.) I decided to make this sexy armguard here.
Now, I've always found sewing projects to be more fun with company, and besides the pattern makes two. I only need it for one arm. For this project, I figured I might be able to dig up some interest in it. And I knew just the person to ask.
When I asked her to do this project with me, she was really keen because she has a sewing machine and no idea what to do with it. This turned out to be a great beginner sewing project. Just one pattern piece, just enough cutting, adjusting and sewing to give a taste of what a pattern project involves and you can absolutely do this in 1 afternoon. If you're inclined to try it, let me share some things we learned from experience: 1) Make sure you get the gluey webbing. It's not obvious from the package that you need it, but you do. (Page 1 inside the package will tell you more.) 2) When they say to use two-part eyelets, and you wonder if these things called grommets will do: yes, grab those. 3) Adjust the pattern to fit your arm before you pin it to the fabric. It's made for the biggest kind of arm.
I took it for a test run on Monday but (Yay!) I didn't get slapped with string, so I'm still not entirely sure it's as strong as one would want. It looks wicked, anyway.