Some costumes need shoe covers in order to make the illusion complete. For example: an animal has furry feet that do not look like shoes, or perhaps a gentleman in full traditional dress needs spats and a particular kind of shoe. Those are hard to find! Or perhaps a medieval jester needs his upturned boots. Shoe covers can be an economical and easy way to supply the illusion of fancy footgear.
The easiest way to make shoe covers is to look for costume patterns that include them. Furry animal patterns usually include them. If your pattern does not, or you don’t have a pattern, these instructions should help.
- You will need ½ to 1 yard of the fabrics you want to use according to the size shoe cover needed, 6” of elastic at least ½“ wide, a couple of yards of narrow Velcro, a few sheets of plain white paper or graph paper, a tape measure, and a sewing machine or needle and thread. Also any embellishments you would like to add to the finished items, such as buttons, ribbon or even sequins.
- Measure a foot of the person you are making the shoe covers for. Remember to have the person wear the shoes they plan to wear when wearing the costume! You will need the length and width. Add ¾” for a standard seam to all measurements.
- Now decide how your shoe cover is going to look. This is going to require some creativity. You can use historical costume references if needed. Perhaps you could even blow up a photo to use as a pattern guide. You will need to draw a side view of what you want onto the paper to use as a pattern, using the measurements you have.
- Cut out the pattern you have created, and place it on the fabric, which is folded in half. Cut out two sets of two pieces of fabric. You will have four pieces, two for each shoe.
- Sew two of the pieces, right side in, along the front sides. Sew a narrow hem around the bottom and the top. Sew a regular hem along the back of each shoe cover.
- Attach the narrow Velcro to both sides of the long back seam of both shoe covers, the “fuzzy” strip on the outside edge of one seam, and the “hook” strip on the inside of the other seam, so that they overlap.
- Cut the elastic the right length including seam allowance, and attach across the inseam of the shoe covers to hold them securely on the shoes.
You can now add decorations as wanted to enhance your costume. These are basic instructions; more elaborate ones will take a little more planning.