I found an amazing pair of rust-colored Double H leather work boots at the “by the pound” thrift store. They arrived with singes, scuffs, scrapes, and a fair amount of dirt.
I gave them a good cleaning then re-stained them a brilliant red. For the sides, I designed a checkerboard knit pattern in Illustrator. This was run through the Cricut on clear contact paper to make a sticky stencil. Metallic pink and bronze sharpie pens were used to color in the stencil on the boot sides.
Next I made a paper pattern of the toe area. I grabbed a knitted SEP (somebody else’s project) for the toe fabric because I
was too lazy wanted to make the most of materials I have on hand. I stay-stitched the knitted material so it wouldn’t unravel when I cut it out. I used a water-based shoe-glue to attach the knitted pieces to the boot.
I went a bit crazy with making flowers for the sides. The flowers are made from leather scraps, felted sweaters, and random rivets from my collection.
Used the Cricut to cut out a pair of iron-on knitting needles to embellish the back of each boot. I’m super pleased with the way they turned out, and I would like to make more. Just need to find a longer pair of laces for them!