How to Make Costume Cowboy Boot Shoe Covers

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Things You'll Need

  • Shoes

  • Newspaper

  • Duct tape

  • Scissors

  • Leather sheets

  • Sewing machine

  • Leather needle

  • Rayon thread

  • Velcro

  • Black ribbon

No one will know they're not real boots.

No cowboy costume is complete without a good set of boots, but the real thing can be very expensive. A lower-cost alternative is to make a pair of shoe covers that look like leather boots, but at a fraction of the cost. You will make these covers out of real leather, which is sold in sheets at most craft stores. Your covers will be custom fitted to your feet, and can be made over your most comfortable shoes.


Step 1

Put on the shoes that you plan to wear for your costume.

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Step 2

Wrap your foot and calf in newspaper, then in two layers of duct tape.

Step 3

Cut the newspaper and duct tape down the back of your calf with a pair of scissors to remove your foot.

Step 4

Cut the bottom off of the duct tape boot and discard it.

Step 5

Cut the foot off of the duct tape boot, making your cut from ankle to ankle over the top of the foot.

Step 6

Cut whatever pleats and notches are needed to make the two pieces of the boot lie flat. These will be your patterns.


Step 7

Lay the patterns onto two sheets of leather and trace them with a pencil. Make the back of the leg section 1 inch wider than the duct tape version to allow for overlap.

Step 8

Cut out the leather pieces.


Step 9

Sew the darts in the foot section together using a sewing machine loaded with a leather needle and Rayon thread. Set the machine to a zigzag stitch with seven to 12 stitches per inch.

Step 10

Sew the foot portion onto the leg portion.


Step 11

Sew a strip of Velcro onto the top of one side of the leg portion, and the matching strip onto the bottom of the other side. This portion will overlap when the cover is worn.

Step 12

Add whatever decorative embroidery or trim that you desire.


Step 13

Sew a strip of black ribbon across the bottom of the boot, as wide as your shoe. This will help to keep the cover from slipping off of your shoe as you wear it.

Step 14

Repeat Steps 2 to 13 for the other foot.


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