DIY Faux Fur Boot Sweaters

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Make your old boots happy this winter by transforming them with some cute handmade boot sweaters.

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Things You’ll Need

  • Old sweater (I used adult size medium)
  • Faux fur, 1/2 yard
  • Fabric scissors
  • Razor blade (optional)
  • Six buttons (I used toggle buttons)
  • Three elastic hairbands
  • Pins
  • Cloth measuring tape
  • Sewing machine
  • Chopstick (optional)
  • Needle and thread

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Measure and cut four 10-by-17-inch pieces, two pieces from the faux fur and two pieces from the sweater. I used the back as well as front of the sweater. If you don’t want to use the scissors on the faux fur (to avoid cutting the fluffy hairs), use a razor blade to cut through the back of the fur instead. This will keep the fur intact. I used scissors to create a straight edge on the bottom of the fur pieces to keep the bottom of the boot sweaters clean.

Note: this size boot sweaters is meant for adults. If making them for children, be sure to adjust the measurements accordingly.

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Cut each elastic hairband in half so you have six elastic pieces.

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With right sides together, pin one faux fur piece to one sweater piece. Leave an 8-inch opening in the bottom. Do the same with the other faux fur piece and sweater piece.

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Fold three of the elastic hairband pieces in half, and tuck them between the fabric layers on one of the 10-inch sides so the cut edges of the elastic are even with the raw edges of the sweater and the faux fur. Pin in place 2 1/4 inches apart. These will become the button loops.

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Do the same on the other boot sweater.

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Start at one edge of the bottom opening and sew around the pinned edges of the boot sweater with a 1/2-inch seam allowance. Remove the pins as you sew. Use a medium tension setting with a universal size 90/14 sewing needle. When sewing over the elastic button loop pieces, sew back and forth a few times to reinforce. Stop when you get to the other side of the 8-inch bottom opening. Repeat on the other boot sweater.

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On both boot sweaters, trim each corner with a short diagonal cut.

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Turn the boot sweaters inside out, and push each corner out with your finger or a chopstick.

On both boot sweaters, tuck the raw edges of the bottom opening in, and pin in place.

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Hand sew the bottom openings closed with a whipstitch.

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On each boot sweater, sew three buttons on the 10-inch side opposite the elastic button loops. Place them evenly with the loops.

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Wrap the sweaters around your boots, button them up, and off you go to play in the snow while looking fashionably warm.

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