I’ve always envied Santa his chunky, fur-trimmed booties Several years ago, I was asked if I’d take part in a Christmas Caper where in return for racing some 6km while dressed in festive gear, I’d be given a Christmas Pudding and a chance to share some mince pies and mulled wine on the way home. What’s not to like? I used this as an opportunity to convert some cheap Christmas stockings from the market into open-bottomed boots which cover up my trainers. At the time, my sewing skills were really basic but the boots looked just as cute as Santa’s and were easy to run in. After a rather muddy outing last year, they needed to be remade so I’ve turned the project into a tutorial for anyone who likes the idea.
There are many ‘Santa Runs’ taking place during the weekends this Christmas season: it’s a popular, fun way of fundraising and getting kids to try distances of 2km – 5km. But the costumes fall short of suggesting creativity or a carnival atmosphere. Typically, the choice consists of papery, disposable Santa or elf costumes (landfill fodder), whereas for those wishing to be more feminine (including cross-dressers), it’s fairies or red camisoles trimmed with white marabou feathers. Now I understand most people lead really hectic lives these days and are too busy to sew but, hey – you’d think they’d prioritize…!!
You will need:
2 Christmas Stockings – mine are from the 99p Stores
1.5m – 2m of red ribbon, 2.5cm wide (an inch) or red bias binding. The cheap stuff from the market will suffice.
If using ribbon, press on gentle heat so the ribbon is folded in half.
1.5m of elastic, 2.5cm wide.
Optional: Extra ribbon and jingle bells for attaching at the back (my bells are from old musical instruments by the Early Learning Centre)
If you run on pavements and roads rather than mud, you’ll get several wears out of these. You won’t trip (honest!) but you won’t break any speed records either. One secret reason why I really like them is because, as with traditional Doc Martens, their chunkiness makes the rest of the pins (legs) appear relatively slim.