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This Cara Dune tutorial will show you how to make her black boots.
- Black knee high or mid-calf boots
- Black faux leather
- EVA foam, 2mm
- Permanent glue
- Washable marking pen
- Sewing machine or leather sewing needle (optional)
- Black thread (optional)
For the boots, I chose black boots from Amazon. They have a moon boot look with a very short wedge heel. They are not your traditional western boot heel. These also have a zipper up the inside of the shaft and fur lining which was not preferred, but these were the closest match I could find at an affordable price.
Making the bands around the boot shaft
I carefully removed the extra buckles. If your boots have hardware you might need pliers or a seam ripper to help you remove it. The boot needs to have a bare shaft. Be careful with this process. A lot of the faux leather, cheap boots don’t have the best fabric and it can rip easily.
Lightly iron the boots if they need smoothed. Keep your iron on synthetic or low setting. Test the iron on an inconspicuous spot first. Use a pressing cloth (piece of cotton or jersey t-shirt) between the iron and the boot to help protect the boot fabric.
Mark the boots where you’ll be applying the bands around the shaft. I marked 5 areas around the shaft starting from the top. Each band is 1″ wide with 1/2″ space between. You could also do 3/4″ – 1″ space between. It’s personal preference. Below is how I marked all the way around the shaft for each band.
Cut 10 strips from the black leather fabric, 2″ wide by the circumference of your boot shaft. Mine were 2″ x 18″. My boot shaft is 16″ but I added a couple extra inches to work with.
Now fold and glue 8 bands in half, with the edges meeting in the center back. You don’t want any seams or raw edges on the front side of the strips. Use an iron to get crisp, folded edges.
Leave 2 of the bands with one side unfolded. This will be the top band for each boot.
Applying the bands on the boots
Starting with the very top band, glue the folded side to the outside of the boot with the unfolded edge facing upward. Folded the short edge under, and placed it next to the zipper. Then glue the band all the way around ending at the other side of the zipper.
Then fold the raw edge over the top of the boot and glued it to the inside of the shaft.
Continue gluing the rest the bands down the shaft aligning them with the guides you marked earlier. Try to keep the short edges in a straight line down the sides of the zipper.
STEP 4 (OPTIONAL)
Sew the short edges of each band along the zipper. I used a sewing machine for this, but you can also hand sew it.
Making the decorative side piece
Under the silver greeblies of the right boot, is a decorative patch. I cut this long rectangle with slats using my Silhouette cameo machine. The material I used was 2mm EVA foam. If you don’t have a cutting machine, you can draw the slats on the foam and hand cut it with an exacto knife.
I added a plasti dip coat to make it more durable and a satin clear coat to resemble the sheen of leather. You could just paint the foam with a semi-gloss black paint and call it good or leave the black EVA foam bare.
I measured from the top of the boot shaft to the bottom of the last band. This was the length I made the patch and the width is 2.5″. The slats are about 1/8″.
Glue the patch to the right boot centering it on the outer seam.
Boots are complete.