These fur boots are not meant for walking, but rather for sitting pretty by the window while you watch the snow fall — or at least, this is how I picture it. I imagine you sitting by the window with your favorite book or your new iPad (hopefully reading this blog post). I picture your mom, daughter or granddaughter opening a Christmas present with a beautiful pair of these fur boots inside. With a big smile on her face, she puts them on, a perfect Christmas.
Fur boots like these are perfect for keeping your feet warm and your carpets clean. They are knee-high to cover more of your leg so you can wear leggings or just a short dress and still keep you warm around the house.
For this project, I am using grommets to lace the boots. I will be recycling an old ugly sweater I haven't touched for years, I recently found it in the back of my closet. We all have one lying around, so don't be afraid to put it to better use.
- Kam Tool
- Sharp pointy scissors (preferable), craft knife or blade (Optional)
- Jersey Needle #14
- Walking Foot (Optional)
- Hole Puncher
How to sew the fur boots in time for Christmas
Before you start, I really suggest you review this article called Tips for Sewing with Fur that Every Beginner Should Know.This article will really help you to successfully accomplish this project. In my instructions below, I will assume that you know what I am talking about when I ask you to cut and sew the fur. If you want to decorate the fur boots on the outside as in my picture, follow the same technique I use when making and attaching the embroidered patches on velvet in this article.
How to download the pattern
Use Adobe Reader. Print on Landscape and on Actual Size. Never scale the pattern. You will have to cut away the margins of the pages to be able to tape them together correctly.
These fur boots come in three sizes: S/M, M/L, L/XL and are intended for indoor use.
Sole Length: 10.5″, 11″, 11.5″
The pattern consists of four pieces, and the project is for intermediate sewers with knowledge and experience in sewing with both faux fur and sewing with knits. Please read this article on how to work with fur before attempting this project.
Step One: Cutting the faux fur and the sweater fabric
I can not stress enough the need for you to familiarize yourself with the tips on working with fur before cutting the fur. I don't want to repeat myself, but to be successful at making these fur boots, you need to know how to cut and sew fur.
Trace all the pieces of the pattern I have given you on a new piece of paper. Take 1/4″ out from all seam allowances (except the sole). The seam allowance is 1/8″ (1cm) now. Please notice that the pattern says to cut on a fold, but you will soon realize that this is not possible when cutting fur. So retrace the other side of the fur, then cut. Since you have take out 1/4″ off the seam allowance you will have to use a zigzag that is no bigger than 1/8″.
Use the original pattern to cut the sweater fabric. The fur fabric is cut smaller than the sweater fabric because the fur is bulky.
Step Two: Sewing the sweater fabric
Sew the two sides of the front, shown with grommets, 2″ on the curve side (bottom). This is the side that will be sewn to the top of the fur boot.
Place the top and front piece print side up. Align the curved side of the front piece with the small curve of the top piece.
Sew at 3/8″ using a very small zigzag and then serge. This has become the front of the boot.
Pin the back piece to the front of the boot. Sew at 3/8 and then use your serger to prevent the seam allowances from unravelling. If you do not have a serger use a large zigzag. This stitching will not be seen since it will be covered by the fur.
Now it is time to sew the sole to the boot. Pin all around you might have to stretch the sole a bit to be able to fit it in. Sew at 3/8″.I have added some embroidered patches the same way I have done in this post about the floral embroidered hoodie. I am even using the same tulle fabric that I used in that article.
Step Three: Sewing the fur
Follow the same exact instructions on how to sew the sweater fabric. Sew the top to the front but remember to change the seam allowance to 1/8″.
Attaching the sole will be a little tricky. You will have to stretch it a bit to fit the rest of the boot.
Sewing the fur and sweater fabric together
Optional Step: You could add a layer of flexy foam to make the sleepers stand up. I have not added this and I wished I did.
Before we can attach the fur and the sweater sides together you will notice the fur part is closed while the sweater is open. You will have to open the fur by cutting in the front except for 2″ at the ankle.
Pin the right sides together. The right side of the sweater fabric with the embroidered patches and the fur side of the fur layer together. Pin at the top leaving 1/4″ of the sweater layer beyond the fur. This will be easy to notice since you have reduced the seam allowance of the fur.Stitch using a zigzag, I am using a size 3 and a length of 1.5.
Turn the fur side into the boot. Fold the edge of the sweater fabric and sew using a hand needle and a running stitch.
Finally, attach the grommets and lace the boots.
In another post, I will be showing you how to make this fur boots anti-slippery and how to make the decorative fur pompoms.
You are ready to box this pair of Christmas boots for someone special. Enjoy!