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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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MegumiNoHikari Featured By Owner May 23, 2016
Thanks so much for this. You have metaphorically and probably literally saved my butt!
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Lil-Koisuki Featured By Owner May 19, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
OMG I am so happy to find this tutorial! I'm making a pair of boot covers for my Mettaton EX cosplay and I'm so happy to actually find this! Super useful too!
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kogoma10 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2016
I have a question about the bottom of the boot. I walk around the con a lot and I made a pair of shoe covers once but after just one day they were totally destroyed. How do you prevent this? 
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FireLilyCosplay Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2016  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I use adhesive-backed sole patches (you can find them in the shoe lace/inner sole area of the shoe section at stores) or make a separate sole out of heavy duty non-skid fabric. You should also limit the amount of time you spend walking on pavement/streets/sidewalks and stick to just the con center if possible.
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Hot-coco-princess Featured By Owner Edited Feb 14, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
what fabrics are best for this project??? 

I'm doing 3 cosplays for 3-4 conventions in april and im shopping around for my first cosplay,which is amy rose
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FireLilyCosplay Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2016  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Since this is a non-stretch tutorial, I recommend non-stretch fabrics. Any type of fabric can work, to be honest.
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Hot-coco-princess Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
hm ok,thanks
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Lady-Koisuki Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2016  Student General Artist
I was wondering. I have boots that sort of have a saggy fabric at the leg. How can I make the boots appear tall and smooth without letting the fabric from the original boot show as a bunch?
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FireLilyCosplay Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2016  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
You can't ideally unless you can straighten the original boot leg. If you can, use a thick, sturdy fabric and make the boot cover pretty tight fitting. If you can't, try a different shoe.
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PrinceKage Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Thank you for this!
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FireLilyCosplay Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Welcome!
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triinmic Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
This is a wonderful tutorial for boot covers! I like that it's for all fabrics, not like most tuts that use only stretchy fabric. I'm trying to make the boots for Katarina from League of Legends (link for picture: cdn.artstation.com/p/assets/im…) and I bought this non-stretchy thin faux wild leather fabric. Now I just need to find some used/old boots that have a similar sole to the ones she has on the model pictures.. so far no luck ..
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FireLilyCosplay Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Welcome!
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SarcasticLeaves Featured By Owner May 17, 2015
This is most helpful! Thank you! =^_^=
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FireLilyCosplay Featured By Owner May 19, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Welcome!
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AoiTorikago Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2015
If I want to keep the soles of the original shoes visible, is there a way of making the covers without gluing it down and ruining the shoes?
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FireLilyCosplay Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
These don't glue down. You can make a sole using clear vinyl, or make spats. Spats are essentially shoe toppers with open bottoms and an elastic band that goes under the shoe just before the heel.
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AoiTorikago Featured By Owner May 1, 2015
Thank you so much. This is an awesome tutorial :D
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Butterfinger-Sharpie Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2015  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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Renaul 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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Renaul 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 General Artist
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 General Artist
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
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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