Click here for the printable Twig + Tale Boot Size Chart for measuring your child's foot.
Exterior: Wool fabric, wool blends, denim, cord or other fabric with reasonable structure. If you use a softer fabric such as fleece, it will create a more slouchy boot. I also like to use wool cut from upcycled felted sweaters (one which has shrunk after going through a hot wash, for example) or soft woolen blankets. Felted sweaters can be thick, so you may need to go up a size. Instructions on how to felt a sweater are below.
Lining: Cotton, linen, flannel or other breathable fabric.
Insoles: Wool from felted woolen sweater or blanket.
Soles: Leather or suede - I use an old skirt or jacket from the thrift store. You could use corduroy or denim for non-walkers.
Boots: One sweater is generally enough to make a pair of boots in the baby or child sizes. You may need to mix and match two sweaters if making the youth sizes. If purchasing fabric, you will need a quarter yard/metre of fabric for both the exterior and the lining.
Flowers: Scraps! You can use two or three different tones to give a slightly graduated color to your flower if you wish. I like to use the deepest color for the inner and the lightest for the large petals.
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 the sweater will not felt. “Superwash” or "machine-washable wool" will not felt.
Wash your sweater on a HOT wash using a regular laundry powder. You do not want to 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 it on the hottest setting.