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