For a recent chalet themed holiday party, I went full out (or should I say full Swiss Miss) and made myself a fur vest and boot covers. I had just a small piece of fur left over from the vest and thankfully it was just enough to make boot covers. They were super easy to make as they are essentially just a tube with elastic at the top to cinch it to your leg.
I wore these with short boots that stopped just above my ankle but you could also wear them with tall boots and tuck the elastic into the top of boot. If I make them again, I’ll make them longer so that the top of the boot cover sits at the widest part of my calf. I found that when placed on the narrower part of the calf, the covers tended to slip down.
How to Make Fur Boot Covers
1/2 inch elastic
Step 1: Measure the circumference of your leg at the point where you want the top of the boot cover to sit. (Remember they’ll stay on better at or above the thickest part of the calf.) To the circumference add seam allowance plus 1 to 2 inches of ease. Next measure how tall you want your boot covers. Add about .5 inch seam allowance to the height. Cut 2 pieces of fur the height by the circumference (plus the ease and seam allowance you calculated).
Step 2: With right sides together, stitch boot cover side seam. Cut 2 pieces of elastic the circumference of your leg plus .5 inch. Overlap ends of elastic .5 inch and stitch together. Try on and make sure that the elastic is tight enough to stay up comfortably. Adjust if necessary.
Step 3: Mark quarter points of elastic and top of boot cover. Pin elastic to right side of boot cover overlapping about 3/8 inch and matching quarter points. Using a zig zag stitch, stitch boot cover to elastic, stretching elastic to fit cover (see above).
For additional tips and suggested measurements, check out this tutorial on Instructables.
To wear the boot covers, insert foot through elastic opening and pull onto leg. Turn elastic to wrong side, tucking it into the boot cover. These have been really fun to wear and most people think that I’m wearing furry boots. Make a bunch of these and you’ll have a whole new wardrobe of “boots”. As a bonus, the boot covers also keep your ankles warm which has me thinking I should add leg warmers to my wardrobe.