What to do with old cowboy boots?

Lancaster, OH(Zone 6a)

My husbands boots finally hav given up and he has given them to me for use of crafts and Im stuck on what to use them for.. Any ideas?

Topsham, ME(Zone 5a)

There is someone in Oregon who makes purses out of them. I saw them recently on one of my many mind-wandering trips around the internet. I'll see if I can find the link.

This be it: http://www.diamond57.com/

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Lancaster, OH(Zone 6a)

Neat idea I had never thought of that. I have ben making the booty bags out of old jeans the last few days and when he told me he wanted new boots because his were done I wouldnt let him throw them out. Please do share the link if you find it..
Thank you

Dover AFB, DE(Zone 7a)

How cool is that! Now to find a shoe shop that can sew this up for me. My Texan DH has many pairs of boots that he can no longer wear due to his back problems. They were so beautifully made that he didn't want to just trash them and have been in his closet forever.

Henderson, NC(Zone 7b)

WOW! went to that link and saw the price of those purses. I have a pair of Dan Post boots, still in the box and look like new. was planning to put Hen and Chicks in them, but now think they will just have to stay on the closet shelf...now, what am I keeping them for? No way do I know how to make the purses. Oh well...maybe someday someone will have a simple something to do with my boots.

Dover AFB, DE(Zone 7a)

I think that all we would need to do is cut the leather and provide the rings for the handle, maybe a belt for the leather part of the handle. My local shoe repair guy sold his sewing machine years ago. I need to look to the surrounding villages to see if I can find anyone that wants to do this for/with me. I'm sure the thrift stores have a good supply of boots. I now know what the gals in the family are getting for Christmas. :-)

Henderson, NC(Zone 7b)

Wouldn't the foot part be cut off and a bottom for the purse added?

Lancaster, OH(Zone 6a)

Wow wow I really like them.. Thanks for finding the link I really appreciate it. Now i guess I need to put in a call to my moms leather repair guy and see f he can do this for us..
Thanks again

Dover AFB, DE(Zone 7a)

Yeah, Dahtzu, The site's picture showed the shoe part of the boot sitting on the table. The bottom of the purse and any sections would have to be cut out of another peice of leather, along with the tabs that hold the rings that holdd the straps and maybe the strap or a strap used as a backing for a belt used as the strap.

Clear as mud?

Tee heehee

Henderson, NC(Zone 7b)

LOL, yep, that's about right. Great job, I did understand. hurry and do one, then give me step by step and picture by picture instructions. LOL only chance I have to copy that one. oops...still couldn't copy...no machine that would sew leather. Faye

Oakwood (Butler,TX), TX(Zone 8b)

There is a lady on craigs list in the arts & crafts area (Dallas) that makes crosses from old boots they are really cool.
I have a bunch of my brothers boots .. just no machine to sew leather :(

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(Cindy) Auburn, CA(Zone 10a)

OLd boots make great planters and cowboy boots make great bird houses.

Topsham, ME(Zone 5a)

Hey Cheryl, your treadle machine should sew leather. My father said they will sew through a yardstick!! Sail makers use them around here on heavy canvas.

mulege, Mexico

Or use an ice pick to poke holes and then lace the parts together.


Oakwood (Butler,TX), TX(Zone 8b)

here are the cross made from boots

Edelstein, IL

Those are neat. I have some cow bow boots with ivy, mother&hen's and other plants planted in them in the yard as well as work boots. But for nice boots I wouldn't want to do that. I am going to watch this thread to see what all you come up with.

I just cut the good leather off the top of a pair of dress boots last Saturday. Just didn't want to throw away the leather that some poor cow donated. I think I'll watch this thread for a few ideas also.

I was going to make a planter out of them but the leather wasn't thick enough and they were going to be top heavy.



Oakwood (Butler,TX), TX(Zone 8b)

I didn't think about using the treadle machine , Good idea...I wonder if the hand crank would work too.
Ill have to dig out my machines they are packed away waiting for their new sewing room in the new house.

Scotia, CA(Zone 9b)

My old Treadle sewing machine sews through leather like butter. You just have to make sure to use a good sharp leather needle. It's been years since I used it but I used to make leather slippers and tooled leather purses on it.

I never tried using a leather needle in my modern machine but it would probably do fine also.

Oakwood (Butler,TX), TX(Zone 8b)

I do sew patches on leather jackets & vest on my newer machines using a leather needle. But its softer leather then boot leather . I dont think the motor has the power to do the boot leather.

Topsham, ME(Zone 5a)

I have never sewn leather, but I don't think my newer machine has enough clearance under the presser foot... and I know the smoke would just be rollin' of the motor!!! Not much cowboy boot action in these parts so I'll have to wait to see pics of what "y'all" come up with :-D

Dover AFB, DE(Zone 7a)

Shoe repair, leather accessories stores - those are the kinks of places that will have a sewing machine made for leather.

Scotia, CA(Zone 9b)

You may be right about the new machines not having enough power for heavy leather. But the old treadle went through 3 layers of thick belt leather easily... gues they don't make em like they used to :~)

Oakwood (Butler,TX), TX(Zone 8b)

thats good to know .... add another must do to my list ...lol Note to self I must stop comming here :)

Oakwood (Butler,TX), TX(Zone 8b)

I have gotten one from E-bay my hand crank DH bought it for my birthday one year .
The other 7 or 8 I have found on Craigs list really cheep or free.


Plano, TX

if you make those boot crosses i hope you sell them on market place on dave's--those are really cool looking!

Oakwood (Butler,TX), TX(Zone 8b)

Yes They are cool but I have no clue on how to make them.
& the girl is in the Dallas area that does makes them.
She will even use your boots I was thinking about having her do one with my brothers boots to give to my Mom...
When My younger passed he was a chef and I made teddy bears out of his shirts and dressed them using his chef jackets & hats.

Plano, TX

what a nice idea!

Cleveland, GA(Zone 7a)

You could just plant flowers in them.

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Oklahoma City, OK

Or, mosaic them.

Rock Hill, SC(Zone 7b)

i have seen birdhouses made from cowboy boots.

Oakwood (Butler,TX), TX(Zone 8b)

I have seen them too with an old licence plate for a roof
really cute

Phoenix, AZ


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Oakwood (Butler,TX), TX(Zone 8b)

I found these on the WWW.

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Oakwood (Butler,TX), TX(Zone 8b)

heres another

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Janice~ Gulf Coast, MS(Zone 9a)

I love LOVE love all these ideas. Even have a few special pairs of boots. I think I am going to see what I can do with some of these ideas. Thanks Y'all

Austin, TX(Zone 8b)

Saw these bottle covers at Junior League Xmas Affair, click on this link......www.thecreativemill.com

Also sending pic of boot that I "planned" to sew onto a jacket one day......saw one on a denim shirt a long time ago...

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Hillsborough, NC(Zone 7b)

I saw cowboy boots for a kids room.. a vase sitting in the middle to raise things up a bit and in it were pencils, pens, ruler, etc. (I assume a vase... I didn't look ..guess it could have been a tin can or anything)

I guess the boots can hold kleenex also!

If you have a bed frame with 'legs' you could set the legs in the boots for a kids room -- or even chair would look great painted bright red with the boots for feet.

Baytown, TX(Zone 9a)

On one of the HGTV or TLC shows along time ago they had a table sitting in 4 boots in a "Country Decor".

You could make matching lamp bases out of them.

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