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Create a Pattern
Halloween costumes often need a finishing touch to pull everything together—a shoe cover. After all, it can be a little odd to see Peter Pan in a pair of sneakers.
Instead of searching high and low to find a pair of shoes that coordinate with your child's costume, you can use some leftover fabric to make shoe or boot covers. This version even has a good grip to prevent falls. They're just the ticket to complete any costume.
What You Need
- Newspaper or a large sheet of paper
- Tape measure
- Fabric to match the costume or vinyl for "leather" boots
- Pieces of elastic
Make the Shoe Cover Sewing Pattern
You will be drawing a shape similar to this diagram for your pattern. Have your child stand with their side to you, wearing the shoes or sneakers they will be wearing their costume:
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- Using a tape measure, measure the distance around half of the leg for the area labeled A in the diagram.
- Measure the length of the shoe as shown for B in the diagram.
- Measure the top of the foot from the center of the foot to the floor for the area labeled C in the diagram.
- Measure from the end of the foot to where the ankle starts to bend for measurement G.
- Sketch out your pattern using these measurements. On the curved edge of the pattern, add 1/2 inch to the outside edge for a seam allowance.
- Cut four of these pattern pieces from your fabric (cut two with doubled fabric, wrong sides together).
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Construct the Shoe Covering
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- With the wrong sides together, sew a seam (1/2 inch seam allowance) as indicated in the diagram, on edge D. Sides E and F are left open. Trim and clip the seam so the covering will bend to the correct shape when opened.
- Referring to the diagram on the E side, attach elastic at the top, bottom and halfway mark. The elastic can be two pieces that you tie or a single piece fit to the leg.
- Attach a strip of elastic to the F edge of the boot to create a sole that will hold the covering in place. It is best to use a single piece of elastic that will stretch enough to hold the covering snug but not pull it under the shoe.
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Hints and Tips
- Costumes made using pajama patterns can be easily dressed up with animal ears and these foot coverings.
- Add shoelaces to the front of your foot covering for a tied boot effect. Just tack the laces where you would normally put them through an eyelet and tie them at the top.
- Add a piece to the top to create a cuff that can be folded over for pirate boots.
- Make a shorter version for dressy shoes. For example to make Dorothy's "Wizard of Oz" shoes, make a covering with red fabric that will just cover the shoe and glue red glitter all over them.