Things You'll Need
- Muslin or newspaper
- Measuring tape
- Pair of shoes
- Fabric of your choice
- Needle and thread
- Zipper to match the fabric
When channeling a specific idea for a superhero costume, homemade items go a long to getting the look and saving money. With boot covers that go over a pair of shoes you already own, create the illusion that you're wearing boots identical to your favorite superhero. Whether you choose to sport a ratty pair of old sneakers or a towering set of heels, your footwear defines your outfit for a Halloween party or costume contest.
Measure your calf at its widest point, as well as the length from that point to the base of your foot. Outline these measurements in a boot cover pattern by folding your muslin or newspaper material in half twice and making a rough sketch. Use scissors to cut out the resulting design.
Wear the shoes for underneath your costume. Wrap the pattern pieces around your ankles to get a more accurate fitting. Each of the four pieces of the pattern will be designated to a side of each foot. Use pins to hold the pieces together, making them fit snugly and neatly against your leg.
Use a pen to draw in where the end of the covers hits the bottom of your foot. Draw along the seams. Carefully remove the pins and pattern pieces from your legs.
Take your real fabric and begin crafting your boot covers using the patterns as a guide to make accurate cuts. Sew the front seams and the very bottom of the back seams of the fabric together using a needle and thread. Sew up the remainder of the open back seam with a zipper that matches the fabric you chose to use.
Attach the boot covers to your shoes, securing any overhanging fabric to the bottom of your shoes using glue; this can be any variety of glue, but craft glue and hot glue work quite well. Put the boot cover-shoes on over your costume.
Megan Burns is a graduate from Denison University in Granville, Ohio, where she received her Bachelor of Arts in political science and Spanish. She has been writing professionally since May 2009 with a Washington, D.C. entertainment blog called Brightest Young Things. Her areas of expertise include music, film and travel.