Spending a day at the Renaissance Fair can be an enriching way to get your fill of medieval entertainment, especially if you deck yourself out in the proper gear. A critical component of your costume will be the boots, as they'll help tie your whole look together. Because you're likely to be on your feet at the event for most of the day, choosing a pair of comfortable boots is key. If you don't want to shell out for an expensive pair of boots, take matters into your own hands and make a relatively simple pair of boot covers to go over a pair of comfortable shoes you already own.
Things You'll Need
- Muslin or newspaper
- Measuring tape
- Pair of old tennis shoes
- Straight pins
- Leather fabric
- Needle and thread
- Zipper to match the fabric
- Hole punch
- Leather laces
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Use a measuring tape to make measurements of your feet, ankles and calves at their widest points. Fold a piece of newspaper or muslin in half and incorporate your measurements into a rough sketch of a boot pattern. Use a pair of scissors to cut out the pieces.
Put on the shoes you plan to wear beneath the boot covers. These can be any shoes you desire, but standard tennis shoes will do the trick. Place the pattern pieces around your legs, using straight pins to make a straightened, secure fit.
Draw along the seams and edges of where the pattern hits the bottom of your shoes. Carefully remove the pins and pattern pieces from your legs.
Use the marked patterns to begin creating your boot covers from the leather fabric material. Trace the outline of the patterns onto the fabric and cut out the resulting shapes. Use a needle and thread to sew the front seams together, as well as the very bottom of the back seam. Sew in a zipper for the remaining back seam portion.
Use a hole punch to create eyelets along the front seam. Thread your leather laces through the holes and tie them at the top of the boot covers.
Put the boot covers on over your shoes and zip them up in the back to secure them in place. Glue any loose edges of fabric to the bottom of your shoes.