Introduction: Make Work Slippers or Ninja Bootie Booties or Boot Covers

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Turn a stressful, uncomfortable work environment into a laid back, relaxation haven. There is no excuse for not having comfortable foot wear to slip on while you work (especially if there are sharp or hot things lying nearby that you can fall on).

When you skate places, simply carry the covers in your pocket. Upon arriving at your destination you can slip them over the liners of the skates, lace them up, and walk around hooved.

If you're into crocheting instead check out these boot covers from rikerenge.

As usual, if you want to be a collaborator on this instructable let me know and I'll add you right away!

Step 1: Work Bottom Up

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I'm not going to list the materials here because this instructable is less of a recipe and more of an experiment. Here, I track the steps I took to sew up a cover for some grungy old inline skate liners. I added some padding and a shoelace tie for good measure. Then I did it a second time. Better. With less pictures.

The steps show the right and left booties being done together to give the full perspective.

If you've done this yourself and want to provide even more perspective let me know and I'll add you as a collaborator.

You don't have to start with a boot. You could make the ninja booties directly out of jean/hardcore fabric + cushion-y stuff. The steps are the same except you're draping directly on your (someone's) foot instead of a foot in a boot.

I'm leaving a lot of the instructions on the pictures themselves, so make sure to click through the pictures if you're wondering what the heck is going on.

If you're new to sewing, check out my Guide to Sewing instructable (on the way). There are probably other sewing instructables you can search for, too.

A few tips:

  • sew seams inside out. When you flip things right side in the thread and markering will be hidden.
  • fabric frays if not folded, that's why hems exist. i like to use a major ziggyzag railroad-esque stitch on a hem to make sure the end doesn't fray. then I fold it again and use a straight line stitch for the actual hem.

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|_ i didn't actually do the extra folding on these booties. if you've seen my other sewing instructables you'll notice that i like seeing the thread. i like to see remnants of the process. but yeah. you COULD hide that to make it look more professional and subtle.

Good luck!

Step 2: Pattern

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Start by trying to outline a pattern. You'll notice that draping the fabric over the form (boot or foot) and then marking or pinning works great, so don't worry too much about pattern making. Unless you want to pump out tons of these. You can always take apart something you like or just made and make patterns from that.

Step 3: Sew Up Front Top and Front Toes

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Step 4: Heel

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these pictures are for both booties, so there are two heel make parts going on: Right and Left. I show all the rightie pictures first.

Right: we have the foot and ankle-calf parts done, which leaves us with a hole on the heel (bottom fabric wasn't long enough to get to the heel). So we need to patch on a square.

Left: Similar, but we had just enough fabric to reach the heel. thus, we're going to connect the leg/angle wrap piece directly to the bottom foot wrap piece. then we'll sew up the sides. so...the piece doesn't really wrap around the leg all that much.

Step 5: Step 3.5

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Take another rectangular pant section and wrap it around the ankle/lower leg. It will connect to the bottom piece via a diagonal seam as shown. Use a draping (on the foot) method to determine the seam, then sew it.

This step happened after Step 3 for the right bootie, and then the heel was added in step 4.

The left bootie was made using only two pieces. The leg piece was also the heel, so it effectively skipped this step after step 4. No diagonal seam; just a seam up the leg.

Step 6: Hem

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To keep exposed edges from fraying, fold them in and sew over them. I've used a super thready stitch to keep the fray at bay. You can fold *that* over again and then use a more subtle single line stitch.

Step 7: Laces or Clasps

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The lace hole faces the wrong direction, but at least the shoe lace doesn't fall out as with the horizontal hole I made next.

Burn the end of strings to keep them from fraying, either.

Comments

rikerenge (author)2008-02-21

wow, that is very interesting. Forgive my ignorance but I would like to see a picture with you covering the skates just to see how that looks. I like it though. I find that you can make the same thing or the same idea of something with so many different mediums. Congrats to you.

diN0bot (author)rikerenge2008-02-21

Cool, thanks. The skates aren't covered, just the iiners inside. When I get to work I'm not supposed to wheel around, and it's nicer to step in cushy comfort than barefeet.

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