cowboy boots, recycled

Don’t throw out those worn out cowboy/girl boots! I tried to do just that this weekend.  We’ve had these 2 pairs for at least 5 years, and all three kids have worn each of them at some point.  They were very much loved, but the time had come.  So I tossed them into the trash.  But I couldn’t stand the sight of them in there, so I pulled them right back out, and came up a project to give them another life.

Here is what we did on Sunday:

1. cut the tops off of your old cowboy boots.  You need very sharp scissors for this.  My sewing ones did just fine.

tops chopped off

tops chopped off

2. Sew the bottom opening closed.  My industrial machine does fine with leather, but if your machine won’t sew leather, then use an awl and punch holes every 1/2 inch, then use embroidery floss to do the blanket stitch and sew it up by hand.  At this point, I sewed on some cute trim that the kids picked out to cover up the bottom seam. Pick out some ribbon or leather string, and tie some handles onto the loops that you use to pull the boots on with.

3. Get out the glue gun! This was the most fun part.  The kids dug through my stash of buttons and beads, then glue gunned the afternoon away.  So fun.

Oh, did Declan love this part.  He burned his thumb with the hot glue, but that didn't even slow him down.

Oh, did Declan love this part. He burned his thumb with the hot glue, but that didn't even slow him down.


taking turns

taking turns


Taa Daa!!

Taa Daa!!

4. Line them up and take a picture, then fill ’em up with your favorite stuff!

2 pairs of boots = 4 little bags!

2 pairs of boots = 4 little bags!

And at the end of the day, I was able to throw out the worn out heels without guilt or nostalgia…

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