fake down booties?
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Rebecca Ribbing
(joyfulmama) - F

Locale: Alexandria, VA
fake down booties? on 03/28/2011 19:12:58 MDT Print View

I've got a ton of apex left over from making the quilts, and I was going to make some down bootie knockoffs with some of the excess. Are there any patterns out there? What would you use as the sole?

Bob Gross
(--B.G.--) - F

Locale: Silicon Valley
Re: fake down booties? on 03/28/2011 19:16:04 MDT Print View

I did a Polarguard bootie kit once many years ago. The inner sole was closed cell foam covered by nylon. The outer sole was a tough Cordura nylon with some texture.


jerry adams
(retiredjerry) - MLife

Locale: Oregon and Washington
Re: fake down booties? on 03/28/2011 19:25:06 MDT Print View

I made some synthetic "booties" just for sleeping.

Just a tube with the end sewn off at an angle:

On my foot:

on foot

To sew it, do a French seam - do a loop of fabric, loop of insulation, loop of fabric - fold over and sew through them, cut off all but about 1/4 inch, turn inside out and sew through it hiding the raw edges, turn it right side out - do the same thing to close off the foot

Rebecca Ribbing
(joyfulmama) - F

Locale: Alexandria, VA
Re: Re: fake down booties? on 03/28/2011 19:44:00 MDT Print View

Thanks Bob and Jerry!

I couldn't figure out what to do inside the sole, but closed cell foam makes perfect sense. Now I suppose I need to decide if they will just be worn in the tent or not because Jerry's idea sounds really good as well. At the very least, I think I will make a pair of Jerry's design for my son to keep his feet warm at night.

Doug I.
(idester) - MLife

Locale: MidAtlantic
Re: fake down booties? on 03/28/2011 20:12:56 MDT Print View

I've got a pair of Feathered Friends down booties that I'd be happy to 'loan' you so you can get ideas on how to make your own since you're in the area. I wouldn't need them back for a couple of weeks. PM me if you're interested.

Bob Gross
(--B.G.--) - F

Locale: Silicon Valley
Re: Re: Re: fake down booties? on 03/28/2011 20:17:01 MDT Print View

Booties are made to different degrees of seriousness. Down socks would be worn only inside a tent. Down booties could be worn inside, or maybe outside. Some have seriously textured soles so that you can go outside into the snow on a midnight visit.

My Polarguard booties are OK, but they are a little heavy. That was my first kit to assemble.


Paul McLaughlin
(paul) - MLife
Re: fake down booties? on 03/28/2011 21:38:26 MDT Print View

I made mine with Polarguard 3D, used two layers of 3oz if I recall correctly. Differentially cut. 1.1 oz ripstop outer, lining was pieces of a really light blanket I got on an airline - basically a brushed fabric that is really light, like maybe 2 oz/yd. I did the brushed lining so I could put them on with no socks and be comfortable, which I sometimes do. I like the lining. Soles are 160d cordura with 1/4" closed cell foam. For outdoors I have overbooties, knee-high single layer fabric (1.1 rip top again) with 3/8" foam in the soles. So when I go out I have a total of 5/8" foam underfoot.
I also tried Toughtek (a kind of grippy rubberish frabic that I have used for mitten shell palms) for the soles, but it was slippery on ice - not good.
I had made pile booties before, and had a pattern that I developed for those. I modified that pattern and made two versions of it, one larger for the outer layer, one smaller for the inner. Making a pattern for booties is pretty easy by trial and error if you have some scrap fabric to play with.

Roger Caffin
(rcaffin) - BPL Staff - MLife

Locale: Wollemi & Kosciusko NPs, Europe
Re: Re: fake down booties? on 03/29/2011 03:10:47 MDT Print View

Jerry's design is straight. Looks funny, but check how you sleep. Most people sleep with their toes pointed out straight. So the design works better than expected.


Andrew Schriner
(lettheguydance) - F

Locale: Midwest
booties on 03/29/2011 14:03:58 MDT Print View

why fake?

anyways, here's a pair I made using synthetic insulation, CCF "midsole" and a "slip-not" (i think from quest outfitters, or maybe rockywoods) outsole:

Franco Darioli
(Franco) - M

Locale: Melbourne
fake down booties? on 03/29/2011 16:05:05 MDT Print View

if you make your own they will be 100% genuine originals...
(booties is not a brand name or a specific product)

scavo ralary
(ralary) - F
fake down booties? on 03/29/2011 20:35:21 MDT Print View

not too good,and I think it is fake booties

Rebecca Ribbing
(joyfulmama) - F

Locale: Alexandria, VA
Re: fake down booties? on 03/29/2011 21:20:35 MDT Print View

By fake, I meant not actually down, since I'm going to use Apex.

I think I'm going to start with the tube sock design. I love the idea of having an over-sock so that way I won't get the quilt dirty.

Thanks for everyone's ideas!