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Make your own Stretchy Bootcovers

With Halloween just over a month away, we thought we would share some easy costume how-to ideas. This stretchy bootcover tutorial we made went along with a superhero video series we created about 2 years ago. It has been a fairly popular video so we thought we would repost it!

(Apologies for the poor sound quality, we made this video when we were just getting started!)

Adapted from: www.sasha-v.com/fc/info/tutorials/tudor_boots.html

Materials

  • Four-way stretch fabric
  • Thread to match
  • Marking Pen
  • Stretch Machine Needle
  • Non-slip Fabric Remnant (optional)

Instructions

  1. Measure your boot from the centre of the bottom to the top of your boot and add about 2'' to this measurement. That's how much fabric you will need to purchase.
  2. Loosely cut out two rectangles that are a bit wider than your boot times the full length of the measurement you took in step one.
  3. Place the fabric rectangles around the boot with right-sides facing in. Pin around your boot while trying to avoid stretching the fabric too much. Once pinned, check both sides to make sure the fabric is lying flat (i.e. that there are no creases or puckers) and that the seam is running down the centre (front and back) of the boot. Readjust the pins as necessary until you are happy with how it looks.
  4. Use the marking tool of your choice to mark an outline along your pins on both sides of the boot. This will be your stitching line. Remove the pins and add ½'' or 12mm seam allowance all the way both your pieces.
  5. Separate your two marked pieces and pin each of them right-sides together with one of your unmarked fabric pieces. Use these pieces as a guide to cut the fabric for your other boot.
  6. Pin together two ‘marked' pieces and two ‘unmarked' pieces. Stitch your two pieces together using either a serger or a narrow zigzag stitch on the sewing machine. This will allow the fabric to still stretch once it's sewn. On your ‘unmarked' set make sure to mark the stitching line in the inner corner of the heel area as when you get to this point as you sew, it will be difficult to see any guidelines on your machine.
  7. Once you have sewn the entire seam, trim your seam allowance making sure to trim more from the heel area. Clip your corners and turn your covers right-side out.
  8. Carefully pull the cover over your boot starting with the heel. Gently stretch the fabric around as you go. If you are planning to keep the covers on the boots and don't require use of the side zipper to get the boots on, you can attach the top of the covers to the inside with a bit of glue or a couple stitches. If you plan to only use the covers temporarily you can simply tuck the covers into the top of the boot.
  9. In order to have a grip at the bottom of the boot you should either cut a small hole at the bottom of the boot (keep in mind it will stretch out over time) or add a piece of a textured, non-slip material.
  10. Congratulations on completing your boot covers!

To view our superhero cape tutorial: http://fabricana.com/blog-item/quick-easy-superhero-cape

To view our no sew tutu tutorial: http://fabricana.com/blog-item/no-sew-tutu

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