Friday, February 9, 2018

It's time for a DIY Victorian Boot!


Hello lovely people!

Today I'm delighting you with a new design in felt "purses!" In a previous post, I showed you how to make tiny little felt envelope purses with button closures that are a perfect fit for my handcrafted pendants. If you haven't seen that post, you can access it HERE
The image above was taken from Bing.com/graphics.

While surfing the web the other day, I came across a photo of a "Victorian" boot for sale from an on-line shop. It was very colorful and not at all like a true Victorian boot from a hundred years ago. I do own a modern version of a Victorian boot in black with laces and a zipper for ease in slipping one's foot into. Although, a brown pair is, indeed, wanting to grace my closet someday.

When I saw this colorful Victorian version of a boot adorned with buttons, I immediately thought the boot shape would make a delightful gift-wrap package for jewelry. 
image from newchic.com
Small pieces of felt and larger 36-inch pieces are available at your local craft store. Your fabric store will have better quality felt and larger sizes for the money.  Too late - I had already purchased brown and black felt at the craft store. At the fabric store, I got a meter of white felt that was thicker than the craft store variety. And it came VERY wide! 83 inches wide! So there you go! Purchase your Velcro strips from the fabric store, also.

 And without further ado, here are the easy directions.....

Felt fabric of your desired color
1/2-inch wide white lace
stick-on faux pearls (or small buttons)
strips of Velcro to match your felt fabric
matching thread, of course
pattern paper or wax paper for tracing your boot pattern

Either hand draw your boot pattern or trace it from a printout you copied online. Here is my pattern:


Fold your fabric in half and cut out two felt boots from your pattern. Measure your Velcro (for my boots the Velcro was approximately two inches long) and using your sewing machine, stitch the pieces to the inside top of the boots. I stitched around all four sides of the Velcro.
Measure a length of lace, turn under the ends and stitch it on the right side of one felt boot, like so. You don't need to decorate the other side of the boot unless you really want to.
I purchased this package of stick-on faux pearls at the craft store. I already had a roll of lace in my stash.
Place boot pieces together right-sides out and stitch all around (NOT across the top). You can see my stitching lines here. I stitched across the top of the "heel" so little items you may stash inside your boot won't get stuck down there.
If you prefer to sew buttons on, I suggest you do so BEFORE you stitch the two felt boot pieces together. Below is the prototype I made first. Sewing buttons on was tedious and time-consuming and that's why I opted for the stick-on faux pearls. Time is of the essence when it comes to making multiples.

Now you can add your stick-on faux pearls and your Victorian boot is complete - ready for gift-giving with Valentine candy stashed inside,  beautiful baubles, or even some tasty tea bags!

Here are the ones that will be offered in my Etsy shop soon for gift-wrapping jewelry purchases! Aren't they just adorable?
And for you shoppers out there......

I just listed two new carpet bags and two new envelope purses in my Etsy shop. I updated the red faux suede purse with a sparkly button. Here they are. You can access my Etsy shop HERE




Have a great weekend!

3 comments:

  1. Hello! I hope you are enjoying a lovely day!
    These boots are so wonderful! I love that they are simple to make, and fun to embellish!
    Your bags and purses are so sweet and are very classy!

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  2. Thanks, Jennifer! Have a great weekend!

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