We’ve been dying to collaborate on a DIY with Jessie Randall, designer and creative director of Loeffler Randall, after discovering her extraordinary flair for crafting. So when chatting about the need for decent boot stuffers over breakfast in New York City, a lightbulb went off and Jessie conceptualized the perfect tutorial just for HonestlyWTF! We can finally keep all those boots standing tall and tidy in our closets. These delightful boot stuffers are actually quite simple to assemble and would make a fantastic holiday gift for that boot-loving buddy.
- a yard of medium weight muslin or fabric
- 16oz natural cotton batting
- 1lb bag of dried cranberry beans
- 2 small plastic bags
- 2 elastic hair ties
- 2 pom poms
- sewing machine (optional)
- sticky back velcro (optional)
Start by cutting two rectangular pieces – each measuring approximately 14″ wide (or the circumference of the inside of the boot shaft plus an inch) by 28″ long (or the length of the boot shaft plus 5 inches). Fold each piece in half, align the edges, and sew along the length of the open side and along only one end of the width. Leave at least a half inch seam. Hand sewing is an option here in case a sewing machine isn’t readily available.
Trim away any excess threads from the tube. Fold the bottom into an accordion fold.
Tie it off with an elastic hair tie – this is the bottom of the boot stuffer. Turn the tube inside out.
Fill the bottom of the tube with a handful of batting. Then fill a small plastic bag with 2 heaping handfulls of beans.
Push the bag of beans to the bottom of the tube. Fill in any empty space around the bag, with batting. Continue filling the tube with more batting.
Once the tube has been filled and is dense enough, place it inside the boot. Trim to leave about 4 inches above the top of the boot. Fold in about a half inch of fabric, working around the cotton batting.
Make sure to align the seam of the tube with the seam of the back of the boot. Fill the tube to the rim with any additional batting if necessary.
Cut an oval, larger than the opening of the tube, out of excess fabric. This will cap off the tube. Lay it on top of the opening and push in the edges, working around the circumference of the oval.
Use pins to attach the cap to the tube. Hand stich the two together, ending with a double knot.
Now attach a pom pom by inserting a needle down and up through the center of the tube, directly through the middle of the pom pom, back down through the pom pom and down the tube again. Repeat this step a few times until the pom pom is secure.
An optional step is to connect the stuffers with two sets of sticky backed velcro squares and a strip of fabric.
This will keep the boot standing super straight if the boots are not lined!
FYI: Loeffler Randall is discounting an item each day, for the first 12 days of December, at 50% off. That means, today the Sophie boot in black is half priced! Can we say boot bliss?!
(boots from left to right: Matilde Flat Boot, Felix Bootie, Sofie Wedge Boot; all images by HonestlyWTF; tutorial courtesy of Jessie Randall)
I show it a few days ago on Pinterest. It is soooo nicee ! (:
this is so cool! alternatively you can use a pool noodle cut in the desired length,less pretty but equally effective! 🙂
VERY cute. A lot of effort, and I have 16 pairs of boots! I think I’ll stick with my wine bottle stuffers BUT I do like the pom pom on top, so I may mimic that.
SO cool. Really, super. My tall boots are always empty and flopping over, which I know can’t be good for them. Maybe they need a good bag o’beans and some pompoms.
Love the idea!!! Great for storage!!
such a nice idea! love it! xo, Alma
It looks great. So nice idea. Have a great day.
Really lovely and cute Diy. I´ll try to make one too. I hope my skills are good enough for that <3
I really love this DIY!! I will try to make one!!
Looove the idea.and even more the amazing result!!!
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These are so pretty and they definitely add that little added cuteness to any closet! Though, I’ll be honest, I’d probably be too lazy to ever actually put them into my boots. 🙂
Brilliant, really brilliant!!
it’s absolutely genius ! & super cute 🙂 xoxo
I’m obsessed with this… love it! Stop being so cool.
cool idea, looks really, really cute 🙂 for children’s shoes you could also draw a face on it 🙂
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How a good idea its that!! We love it!
Brilliant idea. I’m definitely going to try this at home.
I think I will try it soon 😉
Thanks for sharing!
Such a cute idea!
Stinking cute and I am getting some boots for Christmas. I will need this idea. Thanks for sharing.
very cute project;))
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This is the cutest things i have ever seen !!!
Cute and genius!
I love this DIY! I must do this! 🙂
Fantastic diy! I will def be trying this! xx
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love this!! looks sooo much better than those cheap plastic inflatable one you get 😉
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This is great. Genius!
Really cute … but if you only have a few pairs, you might want to consider getting proper boot trees (often plastic). Since they’re mostly empty frames, they allow air circulation and let your boot insides dry out properly.
Yay!!! I LOVE this idea, can’t wait to fill my boots with these!!! Thanks!
Great idea !
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Wow.. Awesome creativity. Love it. Surely will try it soon.
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This idea is genius and best gift idea ever! Thanks
I absolutely love this idea! The poms are the perfect touch.
I need a way to organize my boots. This is perfect.
oh gosh, this is fantastic! perfect and very useful, i love it
Very cool !!
This is so cute! And also really useful cause I have an irrational fear that one day I’ll put my foot in my boot and there will be a big spider or something equally gross in there, haha! So thanks for this!! 🙂
Great idea! these are so cute!
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Genius! Amazing… :^)))
Precioso y útil, lo tendré que poner en práctica.
If you don’t have any material you could use old tights insteD
In the process of making these, but my first finished one doesn’t fit! So I’ll have to make some adjustments. If I were to start another set, here’s what I’d do: 1) use outdoor fabric, or something pretty stiff (the fabric thickness doesn’t help if it won’t help the stuffer stand up, 2) make diameter much more narrow, like 3″ smaller, otherwise you’ll have to stuff the stuffer and no one is going to spend 5 minutes every night trying to cram this tube in their boot (I looked up the diameter of my boot shaft on the company’s website, so I know it’s not just faulty measuring on my part that lead to my stuffers being too fat), 3) use more beans, it’ll help the stuffer “fall” into the boot. They are cute, and I am going to take in my set to make them work. Overall, a fun project that I plan to repeat, but with the above changes.
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I’m going to try this with new men’s tube socks.
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They look great! I wish I was this crafty.
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Isn’t there a problem that the inside of the boot will start to stink because no fresh air is getting into the boot after you put the stuffers in?
Still I’m going to try this, you got me thrilled about the idea 🙂
leave it to a woman to come up with feminine ridiculous boot stuffers. They don’t even shape the boot shaft. Worthless no function to shape up boots. YOU WIN THE TITLE ARTS CRAP!
I like the boots!
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