Wednesday, February 24, 2016

DIY Linkle Bootcovers Tutorial

Let's make some boot covers! This tutorial is for the boot covers pictured above, but could easily be altered for any boot covers.

Now, one of your feet is generally bigger than the other. If you don't know which one is, measure to find out. For me, it's my right foot. Therefore, I used the right foot/leg for all my patterning. First, put on the boot you plan to wear with the cosplay. Next, wrap your leg in plastic wrap, and cover in duct tape. If you don't have help, I recommend doing this in stages (ie wrap boot in plastic, cover in duct tape; wrap shin, etc).

Draw your design on your tape, then cut off using a seam (for me that was straight down the back). Cut out your pattern. Make sure to label and notch for easier reassembly.

Transfer pattern to wax paper or newspaper, adding in a seam allowance. I used 1/2".

If you are worried about fit, use muslin or spare fabric and create a toile. Once happy, cut out of your fabric. I used brown pleather. See your boot sides, then add the shin portion.

I cut four of my top flap. I used fusable fleece (used in purses for strength) on the outer (the part that shows) top piece for stability. I also inserted a magnet for my crossbow. Basically I pinned the flap in place, then held the crossbow to it and marked where the magnet needed to be. 

Put two right side together and sew around side and top. Clip corners. Turn right side out and top stitch around edges. 

Tip: use plastic bags to ease the fabric through your sewing machine.

Add flap to boot covers. I put the two fronts together, sewed, then turned the flap right side out and top stitched across to catch the back piece of the flap.

Linkle has a decorative bit near her knee. To make this, I traced out a pattern on paper and tested it with the boot cover on. Once I like it, I transferred it to foam and cut it out.

Hot glue everything together.

Cut out a piece of fabric about an inch larger than your foam piece. Using hot glue and going slowly, glue fabric to foam, making sure to press all the details.

Wrap around and glue down.

Now clip in place while wearing boot cover. Mark in chalk where it goes, and mark for the second magnet. Glue magnet in place on foam. Rough up your fabric (if needed) using sandpaper and glue foam piece to boot cover. Attach zipper, making sure to sew through the foam piece. Test fit and adjust as needed.

And you're done!

Until next time, keep cosplaying!  Any questions, comments, or requests, leave them below!



  1. Hi :) This is a fantastic tutorial, thank you so much for posting it. I was just wondering if you would be able to help me out with making the rest of the costume (the skirt and hooded cape) ? I'm a beginner but I really want to make this costume :)

    1. I'll gladly help as much as much as I can. The skirt I patterned myself using my dress form and scrap fabric. I used the hood pattern from a cloak pattern I already had. I forget which one, but it doesn't matter much. For the body of the cloak, I bought a men's dress shirt in a size took big, then used that (minus the sleeves) to make a pattern for the cloak. The caplet I made by draping scrap fabric onto my dress form and creating a pattern. Hope that helps! And feel free to email me or send me a message on fb if you have any other questions. I'll reply to those faster than a comment here. Good luck!

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  2. Hey could you maybe turn this tutorial into a video? I really want to use it for my linkle costume but I'm super bad at following written directions ):

    1. I'd have to remake them to turn it into a video. I am starting to try to film more and do more video tutorials in the future. If you have any questions, feel free to email me and I'll help as best I can :)

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