Easy DIY Boot Cuffs

Super Easy DIY Boot Cuffs
DIY Boot Cuffs from Old Sweaters, a FiberArtsy Tutorial

Well, since it’s too cold for me to work in my felting studio, I decided to play around with upcycling old sweaters.

I made christmas stockings for my family but since christmas is now behind us, I’ll leave that one for another day.

The first project in this series is Boot Cuffs! My daughters love them but the selection at the store is somewhat lacking. The sweater selection at the local thrift shop, however, is not.

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Fun sweaters

By the way, you can use an old sweater for the Dog Coat Tutorial as well. You just have to hem the edges to prevent raveling. (If you have an idea for the zebras, let me know!)

DIY Boot Cuff Tutorial, Fiberartsy.com


Really any kind of sweater works for this project. It just depends on the look you want to achieve. Just make sure the sleeve isn’t too tight and fits well. I used the bulky, red, knitted one.

DIY Boot Cuff Tutorial, Fiberartsy.com

Supplies Needed:

Two sweater sleeves
Pins & Needles
Sewing Machine (optional)

Start by measuring your sleeve. The length of the cuff is really up to you but obviously, the taller the boot, the longer the cuff should be. The part you fold over the top of the boot needs to be at least 3-4″. These are for tall boots so I made the whole thing about 12″ long.

Cut the sleeve about 2″ longer than the final cuff size. That way if the knitting ravels, you have plenty of excess.

Next, place pins next to where you will sew as a guide.

DIY Boot Cuff Tutorial, Fiberartsy.com
DIY Boot Cuff Tutorial, Fiberartsy.com


Using either a sewing machine or needle and thread, sew along the pinned guide, all the way around the sleeve. Make sure you only sew through one layer of the sweater, not both. If the sweater you’re using is thin, go ahead and hem it by folding over appr. 1/2″. This one is very bulky and I didn’t want a thick seam which might be annoying to wear.

To help prevent raveling, sew a second line next to the first.

DIY Boot Cuff Tutorial, Fiberartsy.com

All that’s left now is to cut away the excess sweater next to the seam. Don’t cut it too close… 1/2″ or so. Fold over so the cuff part is the outside (right) side of the sweater and you’ve got a boot cuff.

Repeat the whole shebang with the second sleeve and you’re good to go!

DIY Boot Cuff Tutorial, Fiberartsy.com

Easy, inexpensive and fun! A good, beginner project.
What do you like to make with old sweaters?

DIY Boot Cuffs from Old Sweaters, a FiberArtsy Tutorial

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  1. These are adorable, and I think that even the most craft-challenged person (read: me) could handle this! Photo resolution is great, too, by the way, and the page loaded quickly.

  2. What a great idea and looks simple enough to make if you can sew. When I first saw the photo I thought you had knitted all the cables and was thinking that did not look like and easy knitting pattern with all the cable stitches.


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