How to make Renaissance Faire boots using the duct tape and the stitch-down method



Years ago I obtained a photocopy of a book with directions for making Renaissance boots. It didn’t have a cover page, and no indication of who the author was. So, I’ve made a pdf of it, in hopes that the information might be useful to you, see link above.

It might be of interest to those of you who have seen people having their feet and legs duct-taped at Renaissance Faires and have wondered about the process for transforming the tape into patterns for boots – and then the process for transforming the patterns into some of the beautiful boots seen at faires.

I’ve used a different process, the stitch-down process, to make the  Renaissance-Faire boot  pictured here. “Stitch-down” means there is a little edge turned out where the upper meets the sole.

Of course you can make the boot-tops more ornate, higher, with more buttons, etc. I sell my directions and patterns for making the stitch-down Renaissance Faire boot in my store. Lasts are needed for making these boots, but I have developed a technique for making your own lasts from easily-obtained materials so not having lasts doesn’t need to be an obstacle. The patterns and directions for making lasts can be found in my store.

And, I’ll be adding my ren boot patterns to my store.




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