It’s so chilly right now, my feet are suffering. I bought a 5 pack of these foot cover things from a big box store and they are too big, and not as cotton as they say they are, and I feel I could do better. So, I decided to make some “footies” out of merino.
You could easily make these from offcuts or even an old merino top.I bought a little bit though so I could get started:
This is the pattern I made:
Draw a rectangle. The long side is the length of your foot minus 2cm. The width is half of 75-80% of the measurement around the widest part of your foot – mine is 25cm so I made may pattern 10cm. (I have huge feet so don’t be alarmed if your numbers seem much smaller!)
Next, I measured the back of my heel from the ground to how high I wanted it to be plus a bit more, it came to 8cm. Mark that on one short end of your rectangle.
Now draw a curved line that goes down a bit then up at a bit past half way – like mine.
That’s it! Put a Fold arrow on the long straight side as a reminder, and cut two out of your fabric on the fold:
I cut a piece of fold over picot elastic slightly shorter than the curved top edge of my footie, and mark the centre with a pin. Pin this onto the spot where the seam is and attach the elastic, stretching as you go, with a zigzag. I find in these little jobs I don’t have to pin, and the fabric stays in the fold over, but you can pin it if you like.
They are SO much nicer than the bought ones.
Top Tip: wear these over tights, pantihose or knee highs and they are far warmer, and the under layer stops them slipping down at all. Perfect for inside boots too if you want a warm boost without socks showing!
And all for less than $1. 🙂
Last thing – here is a compare between mine and the bought one. The bought ones are far too long for me, but the fabric is two way stretch and mine isn’t. If you try this with a two way, make it smaller – you could easily try it on once the elastic is on and pin the heel. For a two way merino, look for a small lycra/spandex content and then check it. I find that these ones however are generally a little thinner and I wanted cosy toesies 🙂
if you have a go, I’d love to see your version!