Warm Up Your Wellies!
16 Feb 2012

Warm Up Your Wellies!

8 Comments In the Craft Room, Tutorials

I don’t think we could have a true Winter Wolle blog series without a knitting project, right?  Fortunately, I have a local crafty friend who not only knits and designs her own knitting patterns, but she has her own line of hand dyed wool yarn, Destination Yarn.  Jeanne and I had a lot of fun collaborating on today’s free downloadable project, the Warm Wellies Boot Liner, which comes together as the perfect intersection of sewing and knitting.

{By the way, be sure to visit Jeanne’s blog, Life in Cleveland, for a series of crafty giveaways throughout the month of February!}

With all the rain we’ve had in northern Ohio in the last year, my Wellington-style rain boots have been a real lifesaver.  I like to refer to them as my “muck-about boots” since there is no puddle too deep nor too muddy that my boots don’t permit me to wade full force ahead with reckless abandon, with nary a splash on my pants to show for it.

With these Warm Wellies Boot Liners, the useful life of my rain boots now extends into the colder months of the year with style & function. 

Our Warm Wellies Boot Liner pattern includes instructions for sewing the boot liner and knitting the decorative cable-knit cuff.  The liner itself is sewn in fleece, a very forgiving material to work with for all you non-sewers out there.  The cuff is sewn to the top of the liner and then folds over the top of the boot to keep the liner in place.   Note that the cuff can be knitted in the round (on double pointed needles) or flat (on straight needles).  

The cuff you see featured here is knitted in Destination Yarn’s Souvenir DK weight wool in the “Spring Break” colorway.  The pattern should work with most popular boot styles in women’s shoe sizes 5-10 {updated 11/9/12}. 5-7, and we’ll have the larger size pattern available soon!

To access the free pattern and complete instructions for sewing the fleece liner and knitting the cuff, please download a copy here.  Below is a picture tutorial and some pointers for sewing the main part of the liner.

Printing Out Your Pattern

The sewing pattern and instructions provide full scale print outs of the three pattern pieces you’ll need for your liners.  Make sure to check the scale of the print out to guard against the pieces printing smaller than actual size. You’ll also need to tape together the 2 pieces of the Shank using the match line provided.

{Note: To better ensure proper scale, make sure to select print to “actual size” and NOT “print to fit”}

Due to the extra bulk of most fleece fabrics, it is difficult to accurately cut out pattern pieces required to be placed on the fold.  As you can see in the picture below, the loft of the fleece can add as much 1/4″ to the fold of the fleece, which would make your cut pieces wider than called for.

For this reason, you may want to consider using the printouts to cut out new paper pattern pieces on folded paper.  As shown below, newspaper is ideal for this purpose.

Cut Your Fabric

Once you’ve cut out the Upper and Shank pieces on folded paper, open them up and lay flat on the wrong side of your fabric, making sure the pieces run in the same direction with the fabric’s nap. 

{Note: To determine the wrong side of your fleece fabric, pull gently on a raw edge of the fleece.  The edge will curl toward the wrong side of the fabric}

Cut out the Sole as well, again making sure to lay it in the same direction as the other pattern pieces.

Sew the Darts

The Shank piece has 2 darts on its bottom edge.  Traditional marking tools such as a tracing wheel/transfer paper and tailor’s chalk will not work well on the fleece fabric’s heavy nap.  Here’s one approach to transferring the dart lines:

First, clip a 1/4″ cut into the cut edge of the fabric at the points where the dart line intersects that raw bottom edge.  Take care to not clip too far or you may cut beyond the 1/2″ seam allowance.

To transfer the intersection point of the dart’s “V”, insert a straight pin through the paper pattern piece and the fabric perpendicular to the fabric.  

Carefully lift up the paper pattern piece and mark the pin point with a second straight pin on the wrong side of the fabric.

To sew the dart, fold the fabric with right sides together so that the two clipped lines meet and the straight pin is on the folded edge.  Sew a straight line from the clipped lines to the straight pin, allowing your sewing machine needle to run off the fabric’s folded edge at the pin.

{Note: When sewing fleece, use a longer stitch length, such as 3.0 – 3.5mm}

After sewing the two darts on the Shank piece, your piece should look like this from the right side:

Attach the Upper to the Shank

Now it’s time to sew the Upper to the bottom edge of the Shank (the edge with the two darts just sewn). In all likelihood, your fleece will have a enough “give” and stretch for the pieces to be pinned together flatly and smoothly. If not, clip the edge of the Upper every 1″ or so (being careful to not clip into the seam allowance), which will create additional stretch in that edge.

After sewing the two pieces together, we recommend sewing the seam allowances flat to reduce the seam’s bulk and reduce friction. You can do this by opening up the seam allowances and sewing 1/4″ on either side of the seam, being sure to catch the raw seam allowances underneath. Trim any excess allowances to 1/8″ of these additional sew lines.

Sew the Back of Liner

With right sides together, sew the back of the Shank/Upper piece together in one continuous seam. You may choose to secure the seam allowances in the same manner described above, though it will be trickier to do since your Liner is now a tube.

Sew the Sole

With your boot liner inside out, pin the right side of the Sole to the right side of the outside edge of the Upper piece, making sure to line up the toe of the Sole to the front of the Upper piece and the heel of the Sole with the back of the Upper.  Sew around the edge of the Sole.  The main part of the boot liner is now done.

Attach Your Knit Cuff

It is surprisingly simple to sew the knitted cuff to your fleece liner using your sewing machine.  With your liner right side out, insert the finished cuff into the liner so that the right side of the cuff is against the wrong side of the liner. Pin the cuff so that the cast off edge is flush with the top raw edge of your liner.

{Note: If you knitted your cuff flat and sewed it together at the side seams, line up that seam with the center back seam of the liner.}

{Note: I found it best to sew with the knitted cuff facing up and the fleece on the underside, next to the feed dogs of your machine.  Again, be sure to use a longer stitch setting on your machine.}

Wearing your Liners

The easiest way to wear your new boot liner is to insert your foot into the liner first, then slide your foot/liner into the boot.  Turn down the cuff over the top of the boot and you are ready to go!

We hope you enjoy this free pattern.  Happy Sewing and Knitting!

~Erin

© 2012 Clever Charlotte LLC and Jeanne Stevenson, Destination Yarn  This pattern and items made from it are intended for personal use only.

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8 Responses to “Warm Up Your Wellies!”

  1. nicole says:

    This is awesome! My gumboots are a bit big anyway(I share them with Hugo,my15 year old son).
    I will look very posh in the rams yard.

  2. Michelle B says:

    These are awesome! I JUST got a pair of Wellies in the mail yesterday!

  3. jet says:

    i love your wellies, such a great idea, they look awesome
    I’m wearing often those boots, they are for me easy to pull on.LOL
    but sometimes i need warmer ones, so this is a great solution. thank you for the sharing and all the effords;-D

  4. خياطة وتفصيل says:

    Very beautiful work is worth it Thanks for the effort. :)

  5. Lia says:

    Hi,

    I love your pattern and want to make some for myself, but I’m a size 9. Could you post pattern mods for the larger size? (Or even some general suggestions for sizing up–I’m not experienced at sewing and wouldn’t know where to start.)

    Thanks! :)

    • Erin says:

      Lia:

      Thanks for your interest. I would be happy to post something! Let me work on it. ~Erin

  6. NameJen says:

    I love these and appreciate a free pattern, but I wear a size 10. Do you have any tips for enlarging the pattern?

  7. Hannah says:

    I too wear a size 9 and would like to make these. Have you made a bigger size yet?