Whether you believe Ugg boots are in or out, there's no denying they are toasty warm. But, these boots are also expensive and not everyone wants to wear a sheep's skin on their feet. Ugg has put out a new line of sweater boots that are designed to look like your favorite sweater. How about making your own boots from your old favorite sweater?
Shoemakers have been making shoes and boots from natural materials for decades. Felt boots in particular have been found in various graves in Central Asia dating back as far as the 6th century B.C.
Become your own shoemaker and rescue your old wool sweaters from the thrift shop pile or head out with a few bucks to Goodwill or a second-hand store. Pick up a wool sweater and make boots or slippers to keep your feet warm all winter. Or, knit and felt your own. Some of these DIY boots and slippers have indoor/outdoor capabilities and others are just right for padding around in the house. Either way, they are toasty warm DIY solutions for keeping the chill at bay.
10 DIY Boot/Slipper Tutorials and Patterns
The boots pictured above from Instructables are what you get when you mix and an old sweater, some cheap flat shoes, and lots of hot glue. I would suggest using a more eco-friendly glue like gorilla glue to keep it all together.
Designed to be knitted and felted with a very thick, firm fabric, these boot slippers can be made in a high-top or low-top version.
These felted boots for kids keep their shape. Knit in the round using simple construction. Super Crafty claims that Snugs are much easier to make than socks.
5. Felt Clogs
Fiber Trends Felted Clogs is like a thick cozy slipper.
Follow the traditional way to make felt from fleece with this tutorial.
These "crazy" felt boots caught Thrifty Knitter's http://thriftyknitter.com/ eye in a Russian museum years ago. She explains how she created the felted boots with rubber bottoms.
These seem simple, as they don't require knitting or felting, just a repurposed old sweater.
A fun, inspiring women's or men's boot from Craftster.
Craftstylish sews up slippers on a sewing machine. No knitting or felting required.