You know what they say: April showers bring May flowers. I’m not sure about the rest of you, but here in Illinois, we’ve been doused with April showers all week long. In honor of the puddles, storm clouds, and rainbows peppering our lives, we thought we would share an easy sewing project for rain boot liners with you! They were designed by Seams and Scissors contributor Ann Strecko Koeman from AnnMakes. Here’s what lead to her designing her these DIY rain boot liners….
A few years ago, in order to keep wearing my beloved rain boots in the cold, I purchased a pair of already-made fleece liners from a local discount store. Even while working in my garden’s cold, wet mud in early spring, my feet stayed warm after slipping these liners into my boots.
This year, I couldn’t help myself from purchasing a pair of cute rain booties that are ankle height. They are unlined, but I want to wear them before it truly warms up with a spring jacket. So, I figured I would make a pair of liners for these short boots based on my store bought ones. Here is how I proceeded…
1. Trace It
The first thing I did was trace around the existing pair of boot liners with my three-pencil bundle–one for tracing the finished sewn line, one upside-down pencil for spacing, and the third pencil for drawing the cutting line–onto a large sheet of paper. I used three pieces of recycled and unprinted packaging paper left over from some boxes I got in the mail.
2. Cut It
Next, I cut out the pattern pieces and placed them over some fleece. Note: if you leave the pattern as it is thus far, you will be cutting the fabric to make a pair of tall liners. If you wish to a pair of shorter liners fold the pattern pieces for the leg 6 to 7 inches up from the bottom.
3. Fold It
On the back leg pattern piece at about 6 1/2 inches from the bottom, fold the fabric (right sides together) stitch a 1 1/2 inch seam on both sides. This will make the part where your heel will fit.
4. Sew It
Place the right side of the front leg piece over the right side of the back leg piece, pinning and slightly stretching the fleece as you go so the edges of the fabric match. Sew.
5. Finish It
To finish up, sew the upper band first by folding it in half width wise and sewing the ends together to form a ring. Next, fold the “wrong” sides of the band together along their length. Sew this band to the leg opening, keeping fabrics with “right” sides facing each other.
6. Admire Your Work
Whether you made tall or short liners, you now have a wonderful, homemade remedy for your cold toes on a chilly winter day!
Psst…working from scratch? I’ve got you covered!
If you need to make a pattern from scratch here are some approximate measurements for cutting the fleece to make a pair of long boot liners.
1. Cut 4 rectangles at 19 inches long by 9 1/2 inches wide. Round off the foot part so the rectangle tapers down to a width of about 6 inches.
2. Cut the top band twice in rectangles of 4 inches wide by 19 1/2 inches long and then follow the above instructions.