This season we have seen (faux) fur and shearling everywhere, which definitely excites me, but I didn't actually want to go out and buy some of these fur items knowing that trends don't stay forever (although I wish the fur trend would!!). This DIY project shows you have to make your own removable faux fur/shearling boot cuffs that can be made to fit a variety of your boots. The best thing about this DIY is how SUPER easy it is!!
Materials and Supplies Needed
-Faux Fur/Shearling approximately .3 meters or 12" of fabric (not the stuff in the trim section)
-Hooks & Eyes that match/blend in with the fur
-Hand Sewing Needle
-Hand Sewing Needle
-Thread to match
1. Decide which boots you want your cuffs to fit. I chose 2 comepletely different pairs, one a tall boot, and the other an ankle boot. First I traced the top part of my tall boot where I wanted my cuff to cover. Make sure the boot leg is as flat as possible.
2. I then took my other pair of boots and held it over the cuff I just drew to make sure it would fit. Notice that the ankle boot is being held up-side down...this is because the cuff is going to fit on the opposite way it does on the tall boot.
3. Fold the cuff down the line that you had used as the front of both boots and trace out the cuff again so that it's mirror imaged from this line. Add a 1.5cm (5/8") seam allowance around your pattern piece. I did this so that I would have an overlap in the back seam, and so that I could fold down the top of the cuff if I wanted....basically it was to be extra sure than the cuff was large enough, and if adding the seam allowance makes it too big then you can always cut it down...but it's better to be too big than too small!!
4. Cut out your pattern piece and wrap it around your boots to make sure your cuff will fit.
5. If everything fits it's time to cut out your cuff! Lay out your fur so the fur is face down. Place your pattern piece down and trace around it with tailors chalk...you need to trace the piece twice.
6. Now you need to cut out around the lines...but be careful when you do this. You don't want to actually cut through the fur, just the base that the fur is on, so to do this you have to make really small cuts with your scissors at the base of the fabric...you might want to try this on a scrap of the fur first to make sure you're doing it right. Basically if you're doing it right you will see fur below your cut line, if not your cut line will look "clean".
(This is how it should look)
7. Hand sew three hooks onto the base side of the fur so they just barely poke over the edge of the fabric.
8. On the opposite end of your cuff hand sew on a row of 3 loops onto the fur side of the cuff. Where you sew these will depend on how much you need to over lap the cuff ends. To figure this out wrap the cuff around your boots, and then draw a line with tailors chalk where the top edge (with the hooks sewn on) over laps the bottom. Sew on your loops so that the "loop" edge just hits the line, and make sure the hooks line up perfectly with the hooks so that when you hook them together there's no gaps.
I made two rows of loops because the tall boots need a tighter cuff than my ankle boots.
9. Repeat on the other cuff, but make it the mirror image of the first cuff.
10. If your boots have straps that you want to loop through and around you can cut little slits in the fur as needed. For my ankle boots I put on the cuff to see where the straps lined up, and pulled one of the straps through the opening where the hooks and loops attach, and then I just needed to cut one hole for the other strap. I did this by marking the spot with tailors chalk and used a seam ripper to carefully cut open the slit (so I didn't cut through the fur, just the base).
All done!! Now it's time to style these babies!!
On the tall boots.
On the ankle boots with the straps hidden
On the ankle boots with the straps out
And here is the inspiration for this project.