Beginner's Luck Elven Shoes
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Beginner's Luck Elven Shoes

by Elerronyar  

These shoes take Duct tape, a plastic bag, glue, and a little bit of fabric!

Fits well with a costume, cost barely nothing! These are based on the Elven shoes seen at Casa Loma

I used Duct tape, a plastic bag from the grocery store, Allene's Original Tacky Glue (if you can't find this particular glue, try the glue you do get first on a piece of scrap fabric), a cotton shirt that was  doomed to be a rag, and blue crushed velvet.

(Additional tip from Kayta: When you measure for shoes, do it over your foot plus one of those shoe inserts, possibly a gel one.  That way you have built in room for padding underfoot.)

Begin by cutting the "seams" of the plastic bag to get one continuous (about 12 inches across in width) piece of plastic. Wrap this around your foot (remember to create a v at the top) and secure with duct tape. Cut off excess. Continue wrapping entire foot with SHORT STRIPS of duct tape.  Wrap firmly but not tightly. Make sure you don't crush your toes in the process, or else the shoes will be extremely uncomfortable when you wear them.  Once you're done, take the shoe off and smooth out the duct tape at the top.

Cut out any excess within the shoe.
Take the cloth that would have been a rag (any kind would work) and cut strips. Wrap these strips around your duct tape shoe, connect each with duct tape (or regular tape. This is just a really rough draft of your pattern). Be sure to take into consideration the folded section of the shoe. Take this pattern off.  Take a scrap piece of cloth the size of the rough pattern and sketch the pattern onto this cloth.  Cut this pattern out.

*** Remember, bigger in this case is better.  Keep the pattern bigger than it would be. You can cut the extra off later.

Take the cloth pattern and copy it onto the fabric you will be using for the shoe.  Cut it out.


***NOTE about the fabric***  Use fabric that will not fray, or else you're in for a mess.  The fabric that you use also has to handle glue fairly well (meaning, the glue doesn't bleed through it if you use a thin coat). I used crushed velvet, exactly the same thing I used for my dress, and it worked fairly well.

Wrap the fabric around the shoe. Make sure it fits well. Cut off any long excess and cut any slits where needed for a better fit.  Take the fabric off and cover the top and sides (not bottom) of the duct tape shoe with a thin film of glue and wrap the fabric around the shoe. 

Fold the fabric at the top in the style of the Elven shoes seen at Casa Loma. Glue it down.  Let dry.  The fabric at the hole should be folded over and can be secured by duct tape or glue.

Flip the shoe over and begin gluing down the fabric to the base, cutting slit where needed to prevent puckering.   This gets a bit messy. Let it all dry.

Once it dries, use duct tape to secure the fabric.  Some duct tape may need to be used to gather up parts of the fabric that puckered.  Add a long strip of duct tape to the bottom to add the finishing touch.

Do the same for the other pair.

Depending on how you make your shoes, what you will walk on, what you will be doing in them, and how long you will be wearing them will depend on how long they last.  Remember, the inside of these shoes is plastic. You're foot will not be able to breathe in it for long periods of time. 
Another suggestion is to wear nylons when you wear these shoes- they'll be easier to slip on and off that way!

Additional safety note: You can get longer wear out of the shoes and not worry about slipping on a slick surface if you give them a bit of a gripping sole.  Fabric stores will carry the rubber bubble fabric that goes on the bottom of the feet of kids sleeper pajamas and mascot costumes.  IT comes in squares and is easy to apply.  A second alternative is to use some of that plastic grid fabric that is used to paper draws to make them no-skid.  Both can be glued on.


Disclaimer:  Everything here is just provided to help you out as a suggestion.  .

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