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How to make boot cuffs (or pretend frilly socks)

Do you ever see something pretty and think I NEED that in my life? I may have done it once or twice with red and white toadstools and concrete pots. Most recently, I did it a couple of weeks ago at the markets.

How to make boot cuffs | Blah Blah MagazineA woman took off her boots to try on some shoes and the things I thought were frilly socks over her stockings were a kind of lacy garter – genius! No stuffing big bulky sock in boots. I needed the frilly-whatevers in my life.

Of course, Pinterest saved me and showed me that they are in fact called Boot Cuffs and they’re a thing. You can make them with finger knitting, crochet your own or knit them.

I can’t actually crochet, so I turned to a quick fix and raided my doily stash, again. In case you missed my love of a doily reinvention, here is my doily as Statement Necklace and doily as Christmas Decoration.

Below is a picture of my first run. They’re a bit floppy and if you look really closely you can also see my, ahem, attempt at re-heeling boots.

How to make boot cuffs | Blah Blah Magazine

My first run needed some tightening and elastic to stay in place.

How to make boot cuffs | Blah Blah Magazine

So make sure you make yours are a firm fit, okay not circulation cutting, but you get what I mean. This is also the reason why this wouldn’t work for mid-calf boots.

How to make boot cuffs | Blah Blah Magazine

 Is there something pretty that you need in your life right now?

How to make boot cuffs
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Ingredients
  1. Doily place mat or similar
  2. Cute buttons, optional
  3. Needle and thread
  4. Elastic
Instructions
  1. Snip the place mat in half, along the length.
  2. Roll the rough cut edge over a little bit and sew along it, as a hem to stop the crochet from falling apart.
  3. Measure the circumference to fit around the top of calf. It needs to be a firm fit, otherwise it will drop down while you’re walking.
  4. Sew the two ends together at the point you measured, sewing from top to bottom to avoid floppiness.
  5. Thread elastic through the lower side and tie in a knot to help cuff to stay in place.
  6. Enjoy!
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10 comments

  1. oh my I SO NEED!!! These in my life NOW!!

  2. You look so hip and happening! I don’t know if boot cuffs would suit me but my gosh – I wish I had your style x

  3. How cute! And how clever of you to just decide to make them!

  4. I have always wanted to make some of these – thanks for the inspiration chick. I hope you dont mind but I will share these in the weekend rewind tonight xx

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