Basic Boot Toppers Tutorial
These are super quick! You are basically making 2 tubes and sewing them together. I love these because they don’t add extra bulk to my boots, but they do add a bit of sexy.
- First measure your calf at the top (Just past the largest part, where it starts to get smaller below your knee)
- Then measure around your calf 6″ down from your first measurement.
- Your bands are going to be cut 85%, or 1″ smaller — I did both, and they both work fine, the 85% did stay in place better after a long night of dancing 😉
- Once you have your pieces cut, sew or serge your ends together.
- Then fold in half and slide the top cuff inside the bottom cuff.
- Sew or serge the top of the cuff to the bottom.
Lace Boot Toppers
The lace boot toppers are going to be pretty similar with measurement, but we are going to be constructing them differently. You will want to add 1/4″ elastic to the top of your lace. This will prevent it from sliding down.
- Cut your piece of stretch lace. I like lace that is at least 3″ wide. The black I have was 7″ I just cut it in half for my 2 boot toppers.
- Cut your cotton lycra 3″ wide.
- Your elastic should be 80% or about 2″ smaller than your lace.
- Place your lace over you cotton lycra.
- Sew the raw edge together, stretching the cotton lycra as you go.
- I like to top stitch the middle seam down, but that is optional.
- Find a nice place near the top of your lace to sew your elastic. Look for a spot in the pattern with the most lace so it hides the elastic nicely.
- Sew your elastic to the top of your lace, stretching it evenly as you go. You can mark centers to help stretch it evenly. I use a wide zig-zag to sew it on.
Now you will sew your ends together. Place them right sides together and sew or serge the seam. If you are sewing it on a standard machine, be sure to backstitch. If you are using a serger, here is how you can secure your serged seam.
- After you serge your seam make sure you leave a nice tail.
- Take the tail and fold it over the serged seam and serge it again, right on top.
- Doing this will keep the seam together at the top where you are not hemming.
The last step is to fold the bottom up 1/2″ and hem with a cover stitch or twin needle. That’s all and it only takes about 10 minutes- cut to finish!
These are the basic boot toppers, but I added grommets to the top and put lace through it. I used some scrap pieces of lace for these. I love them so much!
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