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No-Stretch Boot Cover Tutorial by FireLilyCosplay No-Stretch Boot Cover Tutorial by FireLilyCosplay
After several requests, here is my tutorial for Non-Stretch Fabric Boot Covers! This works for any kind of fabric and uses an invisible zipper closure at the back of the boot cover.

I've made quite a few boot covers, all of them different, but most employing this method. Please let me know if you have any questions!

Tutorial and all images therein are Copyright Fire Lily and FireLilyCosplay.com.
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Butterfinger-Sharpie Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Student General Artist
Thaaaank goodness. There's a pair of boots I want to make, but they don't look skin tight so I didn't really want to use the stretch tutorials I've been finding everywhere. This should work perfectly! :D
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NozomiWhiteWolf Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2015
So I tried this yesterday for my Sailor Pluto costume....and unfortunately the foot part was WAYYY too small. :( I am a little bit bummed but I guess I should have made a mock up first...it's just that muslin doesn't really behave in the way the fake leather material I am using does.... I guess for my 2nd go at it I need to increase wayyy more in the foot area? I guess if it's too big I can always take it in some.... but can't really add material now that I already cut it that way. ;___; at least this material is WAY easier to cut than standard woven or knit fabrics...
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FireLilyCosplay Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
For thicker materials like pleather and vinyl, make sure you leave the sole open or use a different fabric for the sole, as the pleather won't wrap around the shoe bottom easily.

Definitely add more material, but don't make it super tight fitting. Pleather needs room to move and bend.
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Umbamabumba Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2015
I have a pair of knee-length leather boots that I wanted to cover, but the problem is that the boots already have a zipper sewn from the top of the boot towards the bottom. I was wondering if I should try to work around the zipper by making a cover that starts at one side of the zipper, wraps around the boot and ends at the other side of the zipper..Or should I try something else?
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FireLilyCosplay Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Just cover the zipper. It won't show through the boot cover and it's less work.

For reference, all the boot covers shown in the tutorial are over boots with zippers on the inner leg from top to bottom.
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Umbamabumba Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2015
Thank you for the reply! If I covered the zipper would I still be able to get to it if I needed to? The reason I ask is that since the boots I am planning on using are very durable costume boot. The boots need to be zipped up to keep their shape.
Also zipping and unzipping the zipper is the only way I can get those boots on, since they do not allow you to slip your foot through the boot.
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FireLilyCosplay Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Yes. You put the cover onto your leg first unzipped, then put your boot on, then slide the cover down and zip it. It helps to make the zipper closed at the top and zip down to the heel.
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xPandux Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2015  Hobbyist
Would it be a good idea to use pleather for these as well?
(I'm was only just the other day that I realized the character I'm attempting to cosplay has thigh high boots. a@;; )
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FireLilyCosplay Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Yes, you can use this method with any fabric.
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xPandux Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2015  Hobbyist
Okay thank you :D
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FireLilyCosplay Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks!
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bean93 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2015
I'm think I'm having trouble with the 'sandwiching' part. So I put on the shoe and when you sandwich it, is it okay for my leg and shoe to be resting on the floor as you are sandwiching it or should both fabric pieces be equal? It's hard to explain... but what I'm saying is, if you rest your leg on the floor and pin aroudn it that way, one piece of the fabric will be larger than the other... another attempt to reword this question... do you have to make it so that when you sew it, the seams should be in line with eachother front and bacK?
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FireLilyCosplay Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
You can make it however you want. I have rested my leg on the ground before. I find it easiest to pin the shoe and ankle first, then stand up and pin the leg.

And you can put your seams wherever you want, but front and back is the easiest without using darts to accommodate the curves.
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LuckyNyu Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
 This'll be my first time doing boot covers! I'll definitely do it on scrap first, but otherwise I have some nice satin taffeta that I'll be using for Sakura Miku. I hope this turns out okay!

Do you think instead of extending it all the way on the bottom of the shoe, that I could just tack it down with something around the edge? Like, E6000 or Hot glue? 
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FireLilyCosplay Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
E6000 or epoxy glue or shoe glue.  Hot glue won't hold it to the sole, but it will hold it to the shoe fabric.
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LuckyNyu Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Yeah, that's what I'm planning to do. I want to be able to use the shoe's sole (hopefully).

I've got E6000 on hand so I'll probably use that :3 I'm just a tad bit worried of messing something up with something that permanent x3

I've got a bad habit of touching things before they're dry...
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Elebrylla Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2014
How does the fabric on the bottom of the shoe hold up during use? I imagine it would get worn out if you're walking outside (sidewalks, streets, etc.).
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FireLilyCosplay Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
It holds up well enough for inside walking. If travelling outside on pavement, I recommend reinforcing the sole with non-skid fabric, rubber soles, or some such.
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ILuvAnimeSK Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Awesome!!! Do you have any tutorials fo longer boot covers?
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FireLilyCosplay Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Just make them longer.  You can extend them as far up your leg as you want.
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ILuvAnimeSK Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Thabk you!
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OtakuKippgirl Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014
I want to make boots for Colette form Tales of Symphonia-do you think this way of making boot covers would work?
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FireLilyCosplay Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Sure!  Colette's boots are pretty simple - you should be able to make those easily.
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CheerySoundNinRoren Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome tutorial! Will definitely be trying it out!
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FireLilyCosplay Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks!
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3r6O Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2014
Thank you. Awesome idea.. :D
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FireLilyCosplay Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Welcome!
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KalseruCosplay Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Looks very helpful! I might use this someday!
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TheStrategos Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome, thanks, this is so useful :D !
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AlternitiveUniverse Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
These are amazing, im doing a mock up pattern with some spare material since i need to add in extra point to my toes for my boots. ^_^ but thank you for this amazing tutorial.
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ihavemixedinterests Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2014
Could you take these boot covers off and switch boot covers? I only have one pair of boots and I need to different designs for two characters.
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FireLilyCosplay Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Yes, that's why they are removable. 
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RollEXE Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
How do you do the soles of the covers? I have a pair of flats so I don't have the space created by the heel to loop around. Specifically, I got the front part of the cover figured out, but not the back part where the zipper is. Would not having a strip of fabric going under eventually make the boot cover ride up from the back after some walking? Am I making sense/can you understand what I'm trying to ask?
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FireLilyCosplay Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
You can either make the covers go over the soles (making a sole piece) or use elastic. It will not "ride up" because you should make it snug enough to fit properly.

Essentially, you are making spats with a zipper in the back. I'm not sure how to explain it further - the pictures show you everything.
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TobiasofTantalus Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2013
My only question:
For a men's pair of boots, it there a way to get the cover on without covering the sole and without damaging the boot?
Since I have a pair of decent jedi costume boots I like to use, but for this particular costume I need them another color (white instead of brown). Ideally I would like to cover all but the sole, but I can't see how I would get the cover to hold snug short of sewing it on. As stated, I like to use these a lot so I don't want to do anything permanent.

Suggestions?
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FireLilyCosplay Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I'm sure you already read all the way through the tutorial where I mention clear vinyl soles, elastic along the bottom hems, lace ups, etc, so that these covers are completely non-permanent.  They are simply slip covers and do not attach to the boot in any way.  Try making them into spats (ie sew/attach an elastic band to go underneath the heel cut) or something similar.
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TobiasofTantalus Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2013
Alright, cool. Thanks Again :)
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AlternitiveUniverse Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Omg awesome
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LesGloryDays30 Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for this tutorial! It should work great for my Redglare and Mikasa cosplays!
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sirenite Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Great tutorial! But I was wondering what's the purpose of putting the zipper in upside down? Also, what kind of fabric do you recommend? 
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FireLilyCosplay Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
It works with any fabric.  Though I do line flimsy fabrics with twill or something more sturdy so the fabric has a better shape and doesn't rip as easily (flimsy fabric rips very easily).

And you can put the zipper in any way you like.  Those particular boot covers needed to be more open on the bottom to get the boot in since I reuse the boots quite often.  If the cover is completely fitted on the bottom (ie has the sipper starting at the bottom), it's harder to slip the boot in and out of the cover.
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sirenite Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Good to know, thank you for the quick reply!
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likaacullen Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh my god this is perfect! I'm cosplaying Alois Trancy and as of now I don't really have the money to buy the full costume (specially those super expensive laced victorian boots T-T) so this will be very useful! THANK YOU SO MUCH :3
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FireLilyCosplay Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
You are welcome!
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Fail-Kid Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013  Student General Artist
*Bows down*

THANK YOU FOR THIS TUTORIAL! SAVES ME FROM SPENDING 100 BUCKS I DON'T HAVE!!!!
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FireLilyCosplay Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Very welcome!
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darkzynha Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013
Hey*
I'm very new at cosplaying and i want to do the black rock shooter boots. I was wondering what fabric should i use, considering cheapest/appropriate? I never made a boot cover.
Thks for the tutorial, its very good and clear.
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FireLilyCosplay Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Since this tutorial is for non-stretch covers, you can use whatever fabric you'd like.  I'd try to match the costume, personally.
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darkzynha Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013
I'll try it then. Thnks for the reply *
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