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!
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!