Many of you that follow me on Facebook read at the beginning of this week I bought my first-ever pair of boots, to go with my skinny jeans. I am so excited about this purchase! A few of you recommended I pair up these beauties with a cute pair of boot socks. After a little research into the subject, I have decided to go with boot cuffs instead of socks. Socks can add extra bulk and bunchiness that I would prefer not to deal with. I looked at a few boot cuff images on Pinterest and decided I could easily make my own during the boys nap time today. These chic cuffs only cost me $5 and one nap time to put together. Here’s how I did it:
- White Secondhand Sweater
- Eyelet Lace, about 1 yd.
- 4 Buttons, medium in size
Step 1: Supplies
I bought a large white secondhand sweater from DI. Make sure to try on the arm of the sweater on your leg; Not all sweater wrists will stretch enough to go up to your knee. My wonderful mother gave me the lace from her stash and let me go through her collection of buttons. I found 4 awesome leather-looking buttons that match my boots. Note: Ask your mother or grandmother if they have any extra lace or buttons you can go through before buying any, the older items are much better quality and have more character.
Step 2: Sock Prep
Cut the arm of the sweater off. Note: I first cut mine 10″ and then decided I liked 7″ much better. Take the top of the sweater and reposition it to find the point that was created while cutting, cut it off.
Flip inside out and try on. Pull sweater snug and pin to remove any bulk. Sew with a straight stitch where pins were placed (you can draw a line if you prefer). Zigzag stitch right next to the straight stitch. Now trim excess off. Note: I did this after I placed on the lace, but I think it would be best to do it at the beginning.
Fold bottom of sweater/cuff up about 1/4″ to 1/2″ and sew with straight stitch. Note: I would normally turn it under again to hide the raw edge within the seam, but I didn’t want the extra bulk that it would have created.
Step 3: Lace
Try cuff on and determine if their is a pattern knitted in to the sweater, if there is, decide what you would like to be the front. Place a pin where you want the vertical lace to be placed. Remove from leg. Now place buttons on the cuff where you want them to be when finished. I decided I wanted my vertical lace to go down about 2″.
Turn raw edge of lace under and begin pinning next to pin guideline. Note: This is the tricky part. . . When pinning vertical lace on you want to cover the binding of the lace. Gently pull the sweater over that binding and pin into place. Continue that along the lace, but stop about 1/4″ from the top.
Straight stitch the turned under portion of the lace, it will run parallel with the top of the cuff. Now zigzag stitch the vertical lace where you pinned, stopping 1/4″ from the top.Now you will pin the lace along the top of the cuff. Note: Pull the sweater taut and then pin the lace. If you don’t pull it taut you will never be able to get the sweater back on your leg, it will be to small. I turned under the raw edge as I did with the vertical piece and began at the back of the cuff. Pin all the way around. Cut 1/2″ extra so you can turn this raw edge in to the other edge.
Sew a straight stitch, about 1/8″ from the edge, around the top of the cuff. Making sure to pull the sweater taut as you go. Note: Take extra care not to sew the top of the vertical lace down. You will do that in a minute.
Step 4: Buttons
Step 5: Strut Your Stuff