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Hey! Don't Throw That Away! Boot Cuffs from a T-Shirt

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Like most people, I've got a decent collection of t-shirts that I don't wear because (a) they don't fit or (b) they're stained (especially true for white t-shirts).  Instead of tossing them away, you can make super cute boot cuffs with them!

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Boot cuffs give you the look of socks or leg warmers, but without all of the bulk in your boots!

First, you'll need a t-shirt.  Cut a strip as tall as you want your cuffs to be.

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Now, cut the ring you've cut off into a long strip.

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Wrap the strip around your calf and pull a bit tight.  Snip the strip where it meets the other half of the strip. I wanted to avoid the t-shirt's side seams, so I ended up cutting my strip into four pieces.

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The pieces you wrapped around your your calf need to be cut into a wedge shape in order to properly fit your leg.  After all, your leg isn't a tube, it's tapered.

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This is an eye-balling process.  Jersey (t-shirt material) is very forgiving and it doesn't ravel (that's why we don't need to finish the ends).

Place the two sides you've cut into a wedge together to create a kind of cone-shaped tube.  In the photo below I'm pointing at where you'll stitch.

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Stitch along the seam to create the tube.  I recommend pinning the fabric because jersey stretches a lot.

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Now we're going to do my favorite t-shirt magic trick!  Cut a thin strip of t-shirt and stretch it.  I will become a cool little tube-y thing.

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As a side note, this pulling technique is how you can make a t-shirt scarf or necklace.

Stitch your newly created string to the outside seam of your cuff.

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And that's it!  Check out this 30-second video to see my boot cuffs in action!

And, of course, you can wear your boot cuffs with short boots...

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...or with a skirt...

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Lots and lots of possibilities!  I can't wait to cut up more t-shirts in a whole rainbow of colors!

And here are some instructions I drew up for you!

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You can download a printable version of the instructions HERE.

Thanks for stopping by!

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