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DIY Fabric Boot Stuffers

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You know you live in New England when you look forward to boot season  more than flip-flop season. I love boots. They are my soul/sole footwear of choice.

Unfortunately, boots, when stored improperly, flop. This causes the material around the ankles to sink/wrinkle/crease/crack over time. Some people have boot hangers,  but who has the hanging space for four pairs of boots? Not me. I have used the plastic boot shapers for years, and I hate them. They are a pain to put in the boot (especially boots without zippers), so I chucked them all. When I saw fabric boot shapers at T.J. Maxx a while back, a bell went off in my head. I could make those!

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Materials Needed: (the quantities below will be enough to make 4 boot stuffers)

  • 1 yard fabric (I used a 100% cotton batik)
  • 1 lb bag of polyester stuffing
  • 64″ yarn ( four 16″ pieces)
  • 12″ ribbon

1. Cut fabric to four 14″x19″ rectangles. If you have wide-calf boots you may want to go up to 16″x19″ (or just measure your leg where the top of the boot hits your calf).

2. Take 16″ of yarn and lay over the shorter side (14″) of the fabric. Let yarn overhang edges by 1″ on each side. (This is the easiest way I could come up with to cinch the fabric closed).

3. Fold over the short end by 1″ with the yarn tucked inside. Sew a straight line across.

4. Cut 3″ of ribbon and fold in half (pretty side out).  Repeat step 3 for the other short end, but half-way through lay down the folded ribbon and include in sewing line. This isn’t necessary but added a cute little loop to pull your boot stuffers by.

5. Next fold the rectangle in half long-ways with the ugly side out. Sew a line straight down to create a tube. Start and stop sewing your line before you get to the part that is folded over – both an inch from the edge.

6. Turn tube inside out. Cinch one end of the tube with yarn and tie tightly. Stuff until full and cinch and tie tightly. Snip extra yarn off.

Voila! I happened to have all these materials in my craft closet, so this project cost me $0.00! But if you were to go to the store you could easily get all these materials for $10.00 – bringing this project down to $2.50 a boot stuffer, or $5.00 for a pair of boots.

It may even make a nice DIY Christmas gift for the boot-lover on your list!

Splurges of a Cheapskate

In case you didn’t know already, I’m a cheap date.

But every Edward has his Bella (or is it vice versa?), so today I am sharing a few of my weaknesses:

Shower Gel | Sugar | New Girl | Boots | Stockings

1. Shower Gel

I used to hate spending money on expensive shower gel. Instead, I’d do what most people do and just buy the cheap stuff. It occured to me, 8 months later when I’m still using the same bottle, it would be worth it to spend the extra five dollars and use a shower gel I really like everyday. Think of it as a reward for dealing with blowdrying your hair.

2. Raw Sugar

Something about using raw sugar in my coffee and tea makes me feel a lot healthier. In the grand scheme of sweeteners, this is the healthiest way to go. Stay away from me you Splenda-lovers. No thank you. If this is something I am consuming on a daily basis, I want to go the extra mile.

3. DVR

Who has time to watch television live anymore? We decided if we weren’t going to pay for DVR, we weren’t going to get cable at all. Now I know that, if I’m watching the Bachelor, at least I can watch it in half the time. Now I have the opportunity to do something rewarding with those 20 minutes of commercial time.

4. Boots

Since I wear boots all fall and winter, I own a few pairs. I never buy the cheapies. When it comes to boots, they are usually cheap for a reason. Be sure to get a nice thick sole – this is the part that will wear out first. My favorite boots have lasted three full winters now and will be good for next winter too! (FYI – by “splurging” on boots, I mean waiting until this time of year and snagging a pair of $200 boots at Macy’s for 65% off.)

5. Stockings – especially fun ones!

I live in Boston. It’s cold here, and for some reason dress pants + cold weather = misery. I like to wear stockings (with aforementioned boots!) to stay warm. Cheap stockings will tear or run right away, so don’t be afraid to spend a few extra bucks. It will be worth it in the long run! (or hopefully not the long run, get it? Stockings. Long run. I’m killin’ it.)

Those are my secret splurges. What are yours!?