Perhaps nothing is more dispiriting than confidently reaching into your closet for your favorite pair of boots only to find flimsy footwear and lengths of calf-sized leather lazing up against one another as if they're taking a nap. Well, wake up, boots! It's time to stand up straight. These easy-to-assemble boot stuffers will keep your cold-weather footwear neat and tidy in your closet so your boots are always ready when you are.
To make these boot stuffers, you'll need 1/2 yard cotton fabric, polyester fill, a sewing needle, thread, glass beads, yarn, scissors and a pom pom maker (or a 4" diameter semi-circle cut out of stiff cardboard).
Fold fabric in half lengthwise 4 1/2 inches. Cut along the edge until you have cut a piece of fabric that is 4 1/2" folded x 36" long. Open this would measure 9" x 36".
Fold this doubled piece of fabric in half and cut across the length. Now there will be two folded pieces of fabric. Open they will measure 9"x18". If your boots are taller or shorter, adjust the length accordingly, leaving a couple inches extra for the seam allowance.
From the excess fabric, cut two squares that will be big enough to cover the openings of the boot tops. Measure according to the size of your specific boot top.
Sew a seam down the side of the shaft fabric leaving a 1/2" seam allowance, then pleat the bottom. Sew a seam across the bottom leaving a 1/2" seam allowance there as well.
Add a handful of glass beads to weigh the bottoms of the boot stuffers down.
Stuff the boot stuffers with polyester fill leaving one inch at the top for a seam allowance.
Fold top edge under, place fabric square over the opening, and sew a whip-stitch around the edge of the opening. This will make a circular top. The corners of the square will fold into the inside of the boot tube and won't affect the final shape of the top.
Cut a 1 inch x 4 inch fabric strap to attach your boot stuffers to each other. Sew each end 2 inches from the top inside of the stuffer, where the zipper falls on the stuffer. This will keep boots standing tall and together.
To top it off, take an existing pom pom or use a pom pom maker to adorn the top of each stuffer. If you do not have pom poms or a pom pom maker, simply cut equal lengths of yarn and tie them all together and trim to size in order to fashion a pom-pom. Sew this to the top of your stuffer with a needle and thread.