It’s boot season! I love wearing boots in the fall and the winter but find that they tend to flop over when they aren’t being worn. The answer to this problem? Boot shapers! Boot shapers are easy to sew and using felt ensures that you won’t scratch up the inside of your boots. I added small tabs at the end of mine to make it easy to pull them out of the boots when I’m in hurry to get out the door.
Skill Level: Beginner
Completion Time: Less than 1 hour
YOU WILL NEED:
- 9” X 12” Sheet of Kunin Premium Felt
- Sewing machine
- Basic sewing supplies: Pins, scissors, thread to match your felt
- Poly-fil® fiber fill
For most knee-high boots, you can use a 9” x 12” sheet of felt and won’t need to cut it at all. If you have shorter boots, just measure the height and cut your felt down accordingly. If you have skinny boots, you may need to cut down the width as well.
I didn’t need to adjust to my sheet at all, so I simply folded the felt sheet in half, lengthwise. You will sew along the long side and one short end.
Before sewing the short end, insert a folded piece of ribbon as shown. I only wanted my ribbon to serve as a tab, so I used a 4” length of ribbon, folded in half. If you decide you want to hang your boot shapers when they aren’t in use, you may want to make yours longer.
After sewing, turn the boot shaper out (the tab you sewed in is helpful in the step!). Fill it with Poly-fil®.
Designer Tip: If you want to keep your boots smelling sweet, you can sprinkle some dried lavender into the filling.
Pin the open end of the boot shaper and sew it closed.
You can now find an expanded color line of Kunin® Classicfelt and Kunin® Premium felt non-wovens fabrics in cut by the yard at your local Walmart; please inquire as to what is available in your area.
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About Designer Laura Bray
Laura Bray lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, their daughter, and a guinea pig named Oreo. She loves to create beautiful and functional projects with felt and embroidery. To see more of her creations and to learn how to embroidery, visit her at http://laurabraydesigns.com