From Toes to Totes




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 Don't "kick" your old shoes to the curb! This instructable will show you how to repurpose any old boot into a fashionable "mini tote" in just minutes. Now you REALLY can have a purse that matches your shoes. 

NOTE: I call these mini totes because unlike a purse they have an open top. Meaning they are zipper, button, & clasp free! Making it easy to slide your phone, wallet, or keys in and out of without fumbling around for 2 minutes first to open or close it.  

1. First select a boot that is in relatively good condition, (maybe just the wrong size, or worn out soles) & that has an interesting pattern or design. They can be either men's or women's, but the more length the better.

2. Using a sharp knife or pair of scissors, harvest the material from about the ankle up. (This portion will become the tote) 

3. Turn this portion inside out to begin sewing. TIP: It is best to use an appropriate sewing machine needle. A heavy duty denim, or leather needle will work best. 

4. If you are working with a women's boot you will notice one side is contoured to fit the calve. You will need to stitch down the opposite side to match the shape as closely as you can. (unless you prefer the asymmetry)

5. Next, sew the cut edge closed & trim off the excess material. 

6. Finally, using an eyelet punch, punch a hole on each side & thread a shoelace strap through then knot the end. ( you can also use, ribbon, rope, or even an up cycled loop belt, etc)

7. From toes to tote. Now you have a simple, go any where, mini tote!

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    Cool! I'm sure I could find a few boots @ local yard sales to experiment on!


    This is pretty amazing! If there is a will there is a way with you;) Great job.


    7 years ago on Introduction

    Shut up you did this. AMAZEBALLS! I have a pair of boots my friend brought me from Lisbon and they're just worn out and uncomfortable now but I can'e BEAR to give them up. They're embroidered and gorgeous! Now I know just what to do with them.

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    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    That is a perfect scenario for this project. It's really easy too! My problem is I have caveman feet so I always find amazing boots but can't actually wear any of them, so I've found I can still wear them, just not on my feet. :)