I was immediately attracted to the Bellini yarn when we were given a few skeins to play with in the office. The bold texture appealed to me since I love making a statement with my style. I imagined knitting with the cushy fringe between my fingers and knew I had to work with it. As I was pondering what I would make with it, it occurred to me that the Turin colorway looked a lot like fur. What kind of accessory could I make that would be different and would lend itself to the the fur-like texture? Then it hit me - I should make boots!
How I Made Knitted Boots Step-by-Step
- I got to work doing some research online and found a supplier on ebay that sold rubber soles.
- learned that the adhesive used on soles binds the best with leather. For this reason I made the foot of the boots in leather and punched holes around the top edge so that the knitted piece could be sewn to it later by hand.
- After a lot of thinking and measuring, I recalled the pattern-making skills that I learned in college and created pattern pieces for the lining.
- I cut the lining out of fleece and cut a few corresponding pieces of batting.
- Once I had sewn the lining together, I tacked the batting to the lining so that the boots would have some structure and to add extra warmth.
- All that was left was to put all the pieces together and adhere the soles with Shoe Goo.
- 48 hours of impatient waiting later, my boots were ready to wear!
They were super warm and so much fun to wear! I liked how the thick fringe made the boots look so over-sized and made my little legs look so tiny. I wore them them to a fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week and was stopped repeatedly as the fashionistas admired my unique footwear. I believe that you should have fun with fashion and wearing these Bellini boots definitely put a smile on my face!