How I Make Those Cute Boots!

My sister has asked me TWICE to explain how I make the cowboy boots I’ve been giving away. Like this one I made for me for Christmas


So I made one today step by step do my sister could “see” the process. Thought some of you might be interested also!

My machine is a Babylock Ellegante 3. It has a built-in computer that allows me to do editing on my projects right there rather than having to edit on my computer, save to a USB drive and open at the machine.

To start any project, I have to have a computerized / digitized design that is made for machine embroidery. In this case, I bought a cowboy boot that had four different designs. I pick the one I want to work with by selecting it on my machine LCD screen.


The final product will look different but that’s okay. I mostly want the boot design more than the upper leather design.

If you look to the right, you’ll see the list of colors to make this design. As I add other things to the boot, that list of colors will change. Once I set this as my design, I need to make some alterations. Specially, I want to add the date and a name. I can pull up numbers and letters and add to the design.
IMG_20160112_103616778Here I’ve added 2016 from the picture above and added the name “Hannah”


I know I want to do something “different” on the calf of the boot rather than what is shown. I’m making this for a niece-in-law, so I’m thinking a pretty calla lily might be look good. I go through my machine embroidery designs until I find one I like. Then I lay it OVER the design on the boot calf. When those “swirls” and straight line come up to sew, I’ll simply skip them. Here it the boot with the calla lily.

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I’m ready to sew!

I start by hooping a piece of tearaway stabilizer


Next, I cut a sheet of craft felt in half. One-half goes on top of the stabilizer and I hold on to the other half for later.

Here is early in the stitching. I’m sewing on the 1/2 of sheet of felt (which is white in this case.) I’ve done the heel, sole, toe design and the placemarkers for the material that will comprise the boot calf. Without those placemarkers, I couldn’t be sure that my material would be in the right place.


I decided that since I’m doing a pretty white calla lily, I’d make the boot calf a chocolate brown. But actually, the boot calf can be any material I might have on hand. Below, I’ve set the silk on the felt and sown down the upper and lower edges of the material. See all the extra hanging off? We have to get rid of that now.

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There. A nice, clean edge that we’ll finish out later.


At this point, the machine wants me to do the “original” design. I simply skip those threads and embroidery the design I want.

If you look to the right, you’ll see what looks like a green arrow in the upper right corner of my LCD screen. Then look at where I’m sewing. I’m doing that green “arrow,” which is actually a leaf.


Here is the boot after I finished stitching the design. But we aren’t done yet!

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Remember the other 1/2 of the felt sheet? Now I place it over where I’ve been working (like a lid) and stitch the outline of the boot. This gives me a “back” to the boot.

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The project comes out of the hoop looking like this….

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All that paper (around and inside) the boot has to be torn away, thus the rationale for using tearaway stabilizer. Easy to get off.

Once the stabilizer is gone, I trim around the boot. I don’t have to trim close to the outline stitch as this will all turn into the boot. When I first started making these, I would cut the outline stitch A LOT and then I realized it didn’t have to be sooooo exact!
This is the boot ready to be turned inside out…carefully!


And the final product.


So that’s how it’s done!

Questions? Want one?

Leave a comment here and I’ll choose one winner for their own boot!




About Cynthia D'Alba

After living away from Arkansas since I left for college at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, I have finally made it back to Hot Springs.

Posted on January 12, 2016, in Cyndi's Ramblings, Uncategorized and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 44 Comments.

  1. These are so cute! I want my own boot 🙂

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  2. Wow, I wish I could afford one of those machines, I love watching them in action.

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  3. I love watching the process of embroidery. Most do not realize how much work goes into embroidery. It is beautiful Cynthia.

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  4. They are so gorgeous. I can’t sew. I obviously need to learn.


  5. You’re absolutely amazing! These boots are gorgeous! I would love to have one!

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  6. You are a creative genius ! I love my boot 🙂

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  7. Mary Sue Russell

    I LOVE that boot ! And would love to win on e– thanks for the chance to do that !

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  8. looks fun

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  9. wow, you make this sound so easy. I know that I wouldn’t be able to do it without lots and lots of practice. That is an amazing machine you have. The boots are so nice, you should sell them.

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  10. That is the cuties thing i have ever seen

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  11. I really think the boots are sweet! You’re so talented 🙂


  12. I love the final result!! Wow! Thanks for sharing and YES I woul love one!!


  13. Very cool. I love mine. I am am thinking about learning to quilt.


  14. Wow, that’s a lot of work. But they are beautiful.


  15. What I find interesting is how many writers also have other artistic outlets. I love that you make these, what a special gift for some lucky person! Thanks for sharing!



    I have TWO winners!

    kaisquared4 and Mary Sue Russell

    Claim your prize by emailing me at


  17. Jana Babuszczak

    Aren’t these machines sooo much fun!!!!


  18. My girlfriend who has passed away used to do similar things. These boots are adorable. Thanks for the chance.


  19. Wow! These are amazing & I imagine everyone in your family wants one. Such a great keepsake!
    I was never into sewing or embroidery, but these machines make it seem quite manageable. What a fun way to express your creativity! I may have missed this elsewhere, but have you designed any based on themes or characters in your books?


  20. That is so awesome how you do that!! It looks great!!


  21. I know the cutest is over. Don’t know how i missed the post.( Sorry). Just wanted to say if you haven’t done mine yet, I love the boot with the lilies(Easter) on it.
    Also you are so kind because this really is a lot of work, even though you make it look easy. Bless you for all the work you do for street team and fans. We love you and I for one wanted you to know this. 😀💗


  22. Absolutely gorgeous. Of course i would Like one, Who wouldn’t.


  23. What kind of sewing machine do you use? Did the embroidery hoop come with it or could it be purchased separate? Love the designs you come up with

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    • It’s a special machine. It’s a combo embroidery/Sewing machine. As far as I know, you can’t take a “normal” sewing machine and do these. Machine embroidery requires the machine to be able to “read” computer formated/digitized designs.


  24. I am throughly impressed! I am now going to bug my husband for a better sewing machine! That boot is gorgeous! Thank you for sharing! I don’t have a machine that will do that but I am going to try and do one on my sewing machine and hand stitch a design on one! I really have to try this!


  25. You are truly talented. I Love my boot! It was really fun to see the process.


  26. These are so cool! I watched your process and I’m still mystified!! Nice job!


  27. This is awesome, Cynthia! If I’m not a member of the Diamonds, I need to be. 🙂


  28. Pretty country cool boots. You are an artist in more ways than one. Looking forward to reading all your books too. I work with your brother at The Hospital Wing Air ambulance.


  29. Well evidently I’m slow.Haven’t seen these but they are awesome.Really Beautiful.

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