Recycled Sweater Boots Tutorial

Here it is…the one you have been waiting for :) Please forgive the mishmash of photos for this though. I was trying to get them done during the very short naps (on the days my daughter would stay down) and just snapped when I remembered, “Oh yeah, I should have pictures for a tutorial.” LOL. Without further ado, I leave you with the tutorial now.

My daughter’s boots
Made for kicking leaves Upcycled Sweater Boots

My boots

Boots for me

What you need:
-Old shoes (I used summer ones-flip flops and sandals)
-Hot glue gun and glue
-Possible accessories (buttons, felt leaves, etc)
-Elastic thread (if shirring; read further for this option)

1. First, prepare a template. Place the shoe you are using sideways on a piece of paper and create a boot like outline. I made mine go out at the top, but you could just make it straight up if you like. Also, it doesn’t need to be perfect. Sweaters are stretchy, so there is room for some error.

2. Place the boot pattern on your sweater. The picture here is actually on a t-shirt because I made two layers for my daughters. The sweater was “holey” and I wanted the added layer of protection. So that is an option if your sweater chosen is like that too. Make sure each toe is pointing in a different direction and that the top of the boot lines up with the bottom of the sweater. Cut out. You will have four pieces.

3. If just using the sweater, place right sides together and pin. If using the extra layer like I did for my daughters, place them together like this:

Wrong side up of 1st t-shirt piece

Right side up of 1st sweater piece

Wrong side up of 2nd sweater piece.

Right side up of 2nd t-shirt piece


4. Sew around the sides only. Leave the top and bottom open. If you like, you can finish the seams.

5. Turn right side out to make sure everything was sewn together. Also, trim any seam ends that are poking out. If you desire to shirr the top of the boot like the ones I made for me, I would do this now. Put it over your leg to see where you would like to shirr it and then go at it. I recommend this for very light sweater materials that do not stay up on their own.

6. Turn wrong side out and have your glue gun read. You are going to begin gluing the sweater onto the shoe. Start by gluing the back of the sweater boot middle to the back middle of the shoe.

Then glue the front middle of the sweater boot to the front middle of the shoe.

Finish gluing on the sides.

Turn right side out.

***If using flip flops, you can add a little heel with a rectangular piece of felt to help fill out the back. Just glue the felt on the inside.

7. Add on any decorations you like.

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  1. says

    Love, love, love these! When I saw them in the contest, I was like, “waaaahhhh!!!” Thank you so much for sharing this tutorial with us. I’m definitely making a pair for my daughter! :)

  2. says

    “Did you cut off the straps on the sandal?”

    I actually didn’t, but you could if you wanted. You could really use any kind of shoe, even a sneaker type if you like as well. I just used sandals to get a little more use out of them before my daughter grew out of hers and before mine were too icky.

  3. says

    love these!! i am so glad that i came across this. i was just thinking today of what i could do with my broken flip flops that i didnt want to throw away…lol. i knew that i would find something and this is perfect!! i know a few people who will be getting some for Christmas…

  4. says

    this is so awesome! Love this way of recycle sweaters and stuff… made my dd a recycled sweaTER SKIRT…
    LOL! and everyone askes where I bought it!

    love miranda

  5. says

    I love these boots and can’t wait to try making my own! I have a pair of old boots that have holes in them. Do you think it would work to cover them with a sweater? The sole of the boots is fine, the fabric is just coming apart on the back of the heel.

  6. says

    I’d love to see a picture of the bottom of these. That would help me so much!
    I can’t tell if in the gluing step you are gluing to the bottom of the shoe or sole on the inside where your foot goes.

  7. says

    “I can’t tell if in the gluing step you are gluing to the bottom of the shoe or sole on the inside where your foot goes.”

    You will actual glue it onto the side of the sole. But, you could glue it onto the top of the sole if you like.

  8. says

    WOW! These are too cute and SO smart! Perfect for little ones that are reluctant to give up the flip flops when the cold weather hits!
    THANK YOU! Your blog is keeping me very busy these days!

  9. says

    Love you for this! I made my daughter some using this tut and I have had numerous comments on them! My daughters little legs and ankles are so chunky I could not find a pair of boots to fit her! So with this I used a pair of house slippers of hers and made sure they were big enough to fit over her chunkiness! Thanks so much!

  10. says

    This is such a good idea…so good that I whipped up a pair this last weekend using some Old Navy flip flops I got for .57 on clearance. Here’s my question. The flip flop is either too heavy or I completely messed up…how do I keep the flip flop from flopping all over? The boots don’t want to stay on save for the cuff part of the sweater keeping them on. Does that make sense? I made them for my preggo sister and I can’t have her falling and breaking her neck on account of me! lol Any ideas to keep them “on” better? Tighter?

  11. says

    “how do I keep the flip flop from flopping all over? The boots don’t want to stay on save for the cuff part of the sweater keeping them on. Does that make sense?”

    I had to leave the toe insert on to help it stay fine. As for the top, what I did was shirr around it a few times, that way it helps it stay up without being tight. You could try making the cuff at the top tighter. It’s just trial and error sometimes :)

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