Witch Shoe Template and Tutorial


When my husband and I bought our first home over 10 years ago, we were fortunate enough to live in a great little community that was FULL of families that had a lot of young children.  It was the perfect place to start our little family.  One of my favorite parts about our community was the fact that everyone decorated for the holidays, even my favorite, Halloween.

Make your own adorable witch boots for fall or Halloween decorating with this free witch shoe template and tutorial.


One of our first Halloween’s we had very little money and almost no decorations and I decided to create this fun witch shoe template to make and hang on our door.  I wasn’t really sure when I started whether I would like this project or not.  But as I created and picked fabrics, I fell in love with our little witch boots.  Some years she’d hang up on her own on our front door, others she might have a sign or wreath with her, but her place always remained the same, on our door.

10+ years, 3 kids, 2 houses and countless chickens later and I still have these fun witch shoes hanging up each Halloween.  They can’t go on the outside of the door anymore because the wind won’t allow them to stay put.  So they hang on the interior of our front door.  She reminds me of those first Halloween’s and all those Halloween parties with my little babies and trick-or-treating.  We've added to our Halloween decorations over the years, but these witch boots will always have a special place in my heart with so many fun fall memories.

Make your own adorable witch boots for fall or Halloween decorating with this free witch shoe template and tutorial.

This year, I wanted to make some new witch boots.  My old ones are still looking great, but I had a couple ideas for some new ones.  So I busted out the old witch shoe template that I still happen to have.   Did a bit of updating to the template and today I wanted to share the new update with you!!  This shoe template is perfect for making your own shoes or boots.  But it makes a great appliqué pattern as well to use on t-shirts or sweatshirts.

Materials Needed
½ yard black fabric for shoes
¼ yard fabric for witch socks
Ribbon
Poly Fiber-fil
Thread

Witch Shoe Template and Tutorial Witch Shoe Template and Tutorial

Step 1
Cut out 4 witch shoes, 2 for the right and 2 for the left.  Make sure they are mirror images of each other so you get a right and left shoe.

Also, cut out 2 – 6.5” x 9” for the socks.  Pick a color that will stand out for the best results.

Witch Shoe Template and Tutorial

Step 2
With Right Sides Together (RST), fold the socks in half matching the long edges.  Stitch down that long edge.  Make sure to leave both short sides open.

Witch Shoe Template and Tutorial

Step 3
With RST, stitch the right witch shoes together using a ¼” seam allowance.  Carefully stitch around each of the curves and put your need down in the corners and turn for the best results when turning in step 5.

Repeat with the left shoes.

Witch Shoe Template and Tutorial

Step 4
Clip around all the rounded edges of the shoes and clip the corners.  This will help the shoe to turn right side out and look nice and crisp around those curved edges.  It will also help get rid of some of the bulk.


Witch Shoe Template and Tutorial  Witch Shoe Template and Tutorial

Step 5
Turn the socks right side out and press.

Turn the shoes right side out.  This will take a bit of time to get all the edges turned out.  Use a small wooden dowel or chopstick to help push all those edges out and corners.  Press.

Witch Shoe Template and Tutorial

Step 6
Use the Poly Fiber-fil to stuff the shoes.  You’ll want to stuff them so they will keep their shape but not so much that they are to heavy to hang.

Tip:  My first boots I stuffed with grocery bags!  If you don’t have fiber-fil, look around and see what you can repurpose to stuff your witch shoes.

Witch Shoe Template and Tutorial

Step 7
Fold the raw edge of the shoe towards the wrong side ¼” and press.  Place one of the socks inside the shoe and stitch across the top of the shoe to close the shoe and attach the sock.

Witch Shoe Template and Tutorial

Step 8
Stuff the sock with fiber-fil (or grocery sacks).  Repeat step 6-8 for the opposite shoe.  Make sure not to overstuff or you’ll have a hard time sewing them shut and putting on the ribbon to hang them.  You want them to be a bit loose.

Witch Shoe Template and Tutorial
Step 9
Fold the raw edge of the sock towards the wrong side ¼” and press.  Stitch across the top of the sock to close it.  Repeat with opposite sock.

Witch Shoe Template and Tutorial

Step 10
Cut 2 - 12” pieces of ribbon and tie them into a bow.  Tack it to the top of the witch shoe with either a zig-zag stitch through the knot or you can also glue them with a hot glue gun or fabric glue.

Witch Shoes Template and Tutorial

Step 11
Cut a 30” piece of ribbon and tie both shoes together at the top of the socks.  Make sure to make a tight knot so the two legs will hang together.  Now go hang up your new witch shoes!


Check out our quick video tutorial as well to help you see how I clip the curves and turn the boots.



Witch Shoes Template and Tutorial

Aren’t these just adorable?!  My original witch boots I hung from my front door.  They still reside there.  However, this new pair of shoes has found a permanent home in what my 5 year old calls “our witch area”.  We have a large plastic cauldron, glitter bones, a spell book, and some pumpkins.  We also have added our potions to just above the area.  All together the “witch area” is intended to look like where a witch does her spells.

Make your own adorable witch boots for fall or Halloween decorating with this free witch shoe template and tutorial.

I was trying to decide how to incorporate this finished witch shoe template and inspiration hit.  She should be flying her broom away to do her work.  I used a bit of yarn and tied up the broom and than hung the shoes over the broom.  It turned out really neat and super cute.  My daughter was so excited when she saw it.

No matter how you display or use this witch shoe template, I hope it brightens up your fall and Halloween season.

Make your own adorable witch boots for fall or Halloween decorating with this free witch shoe template and tutorial.