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Dress-Up Days : Duct Tape Boots : A Tutorial by Brown Paper Packages
Happy Friday, Friends! You are going to love today's tutorial. I found a picture of these amazing boots on Pinterest, and just had to meet the maker of these incredible dress-up accessories! With all the duct tape colors there are now, you could make a pair for every dress-up occasion!
there! My name is Leisel and I blog at Brown Paper Packages. I love
creating costumes for my three little girls and a few years ago I made
Barbie Musketeer costumes that included hats, boots, pettiskirts, capes,
corsets, tops and skirts. Below is the tutorial for the duct tape
boots. For the other tutorials, you can visit my blog here. http://sugarnspicecreations.blogspot.com/search/label/Musketeers
Thanks for letting me visit. Happy sewing!
The boots-- they totally finish the outfit, don't you think? And really, it is not too hard to make your own.
Pair of ballet flats that fit your little Musketeer
3 yards of gold shoes laces trim
satin scraps to match (optional)
scraps of Peltex extra stiff interfacing
(you will need a yard for the hat-- scraps from that work just fine)
a pair of old knee high socks
approximately 30 gold eyelets and tools to set
at LEAST 1 roll of Duck tape in matching color (I have found them at Wal-Mart, Target, Home Depot, etc.)
(You will need at least two rolls for an adult pair.)
And you are going to need your little Musketeer for part of the construction process
we are going to make the cuff of the boot. This made using the Peltex
interfacing. You need two pieces that look like this:
The inner curve should measure about 2 inches short of your child's calf circumference. It should be about 4 inches wide.
needs to be covered with fabric. I used double-sided fusible
interfacing, ironed satin on both sides according to the directions on
the interfacing then used my rolled hem edge to finish the two sides and
the outside curve. You need to leave a little extra fabric on the
inner curve, about an inch or two. If you would rather, you can also
just use your Duck tape to cover the cuffs. Again, just make sure that
you leave a little extra tape on the inner curve, like so:
we are ready to start constructing the boot. You will need your little
Musketeer in a standing position. First put on the flats.
If your flats have a little strap like ours, cut it off first.
Next, put the sock OVER the shoe, up to a few inches below the knee.
Tape the cuff on to the top of the sock, as shown in the picture:
Use the excess from the inner curve to tape it to the sock. It will fold down after you finish the boot.
covering the rest of the sock with the Duck tape. Use short pieces,
about 10 inches. It's just like wrapping an ankle, if you have ever
done that before.
sure you cover the entire sock. You will also want to add at least one
extra layer. The more layers you have, the sturdier the boot.
you are satisfied with your taping, cut the boot off. Of course you
will want to do this with extreme caution. I suggest you use surgical
scissors, like these:
They will of course be the safest way. Cut straight down the front from the top of the boot to the edge of the ballet flat.
we are going to finish all the exposed edges. Tape the inside top edge
where the cuff attaches to the boot. (I also sew one line across in
the same place to secure the cuff. My needle gets a little sticky from
the tape, but otherwise, it works great!)
Put a strip along each cut edge as well.
And just about there! Now we are adding eyelets.
along the cut edges of the boot, marking where you want the eyelets. I
usually have about 7 per side, 14 per boot, 28 total.
Using your little eyelet tool, put holes in each of your marks. Insert the eyelets.
Add your gold lacing and you are all set to go.
A big thanks to Leisel for taking the time to share this how-to with us. I love these boots so much! They would have been perfect for Emma's Violet Incredible costume last year! Tune in next week for more amazing costume ideas. Do you have your plan yet? It's getting close!