Animal Boots for Big Kids ~ gender neutral

Size Chart + Materials List

Children love to wear these super fun slippers and what's more, thanks to the cleverly enclosed elastic, they stay-on the most active feet!  

Fully lined with no exposed seams, children's feet stay comfy, cosy and ready for play.  Perfect for Waldorf/Steiner indoor shoes.

Skill level: Adventurous beginner - intermediate, depending on style chosen.

  • 13 different animals to choose from: Tiger, Giraffe, Bat, Fox, Deer, Lion, Kitty Cat, Froggie, Ladybird, Snail, Dino, Dragon and Shark
  • These make fantastic, inexpensive presents for kindy/school friends
  • 12 sizes from Toddlers to Big Kids (Animal Baby Shoes are available for smaller children)


Twig + Tale Wild Things Boots Illustrations

Make old things new again! Twig & Tale patterns pair wonderfully with recycled fabrics. Look to wool blankets, shrunken sweaters, suiting weight wool skirts or trousers and leather/corduroy garments for inspiration. 

Sizing + Supplies

Animal Boots come in Big Kids sizing  (child sizes 6-12 and youth sizes 1-4).   

View printable boot size chart 

Looking for Animal Boots in Baby sizing?  Animal Baby Shoes are available as an alternative for babies/smaller children, as sewing the Animal Boots in the baby sizes proved too fiddly.

View materials list 

Printing Info

This digital pattern is tiled and designed to print using your home printer on either US Letter, or A4 paper.  

The pattern includes a nifty “layers” feature, allowing you to print only the size(s) you need, or all of the sizes. Full step-by-step printing instructions are supplied.


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Customer Reviews

Based on 19 reviews
Super cute

The sole is a bugger to put on but the instructions make it easy to get the whole pattern put together. My son has a wide foot with high arches. But it does fits him.


ive made the fox shoes size not sure if they'llfit fairly easy..ill give them to the little girl next

Fun pattern

My son loves his triceratops boots

Perfect as always!

So many options! I can't wait to sew up all the animals <3

Pretty and easy!

I made the kitty boots for my 4 year old. I found the instructions fairly straight forward, though I got a bit stuck with the sole and not understanding which sides to place together. I just asked in the Facebook group for clarification and got that pretty instantly. My daughter loves her kitty boots!

Wild Things Boots

Easy pattern to follow. Instructions are clear.

so cute!!

clear instructions and easy to assemble pattern pieces. I wish i was better at embroidery to do these cuties justice!!

Super cute comfy slippers

I love these little slippers. I made some ladybirds for a 5yr old gift, and her face was a picture of delight when she saw them! They are comfy and easy to put on and off. Great directions (it was my first attempt at footwear). I love how you can use up all sorts of cosy scraps, and upcycle! I'm already planning the next ones. Thanks for a great pattern

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Animal Boots Size Chart + Materials List

Animal Boot size guide 

Click here for the printable Twig + Tale Boot Size Chart for measuring your child's foot.

Suggested fabrics 

Exterior:  This pattern is suitable for most medium weight woven fabrics.  Soft wool blends (my favourite), denim, cord and other fabrics  with reasonable structure will work well.  Softer fabrics such as fleece will create a slouchier boot.   

You can use recycled felted sweaters, which do make a lovely cosy boot - although you may need to go up a size or two to accommodate the thicker fabric.  Instructions on how to felt a sweater are at the bottom this page.

Lining: Light weight cotton, flannel or other soft breathable fabric.
Insoles: Wool from felted woolen sweater or blanket. 
Soles: Suede, leather, corduroy, denim, or similar sturdy fabric.  For sizes intended for a walking baby/toddler, please be aware that fabric soles can be slippery, so applying a non-slip treatment is recommended.
Ears/Antennae/Horns:  Non-fray fabric such as felt, fleece, suede or leather.

Fabric & notion requirements


Animal specific notions

How to felt a sweater

To start with, you need to source a sweater made from natural animal fibres, such as wool, mohair, cashmere, angora, or merino wool.  Check that the percentage of natural fibres is at least 80% - otherwise it will not felt.  “Superwash” or "machine washable" wools will not felt.

Wash your sweater on a hot wash using a regular laundry powder.  Do not use a gentle wool cycle or wool detergent, as they are designed NOT to felt your wool!  You may need to put it through a hot wash twice.  If you have a dryer, that will also help felt your sweater.  Use the hottest setting.

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