So, I was grocery shopping at the hippy store, and they had this neato overnight foot potion stuff, which came with little cotton/Lycra booties. The idea is, you put the lotion on your feet, and then put the booties on so that the goop doesn't get all over your sheets.
Well, I fell in teh luhrve with the booties, but they were a BIT TOO SMALL for my MAMMOTH FEET. I've got size 9.5 feet, and apparently everyone who bothers to lube up their feet at night has dainty little piggies.
I decided that the too-tight booties, while I loved them, weren't going to do me much good. So seam ripper ahoy! I ripped apart one of the little buggers and made a pattern, which you can print out from http://gevalt.techtorial.com/booties.pdf
. (If your feet are smaller than mine, just print it out at 80% or so, and you'll get a pattern that will fit YOUR feet. My size-14-foot man fits into the booties made from this pattern, so don't scale it UP if your feet are bigger.)
Here's a picture of the original bootie, the original bootie torn apart, the paper pattern, and then the cut-out fabric I used to make the first-try reproduction. Make SURE you use a fabric that has at least 50% stretch, because the booties need to be snug, but comfortable. I'd recommend a cotton/Spandex or cotton/Lycra blend...they'll be stretchy and protect your sheets, but with the cotton, they'll also breathe nicely.
I'll take and post more pictures the next time I make a pair -- I didn't bother bringing the camera down to the sewing machine, because I never thought I'd actually be able to MAKE these successfully.
Print out the PDF of the pattern above, cut it out, and tape the left piece and the right piece together. You COULD just use one half, and cut on the fold, but since you're likely going to want TWO booties, and you'll probably want to cut them out at the same time, that cutting-on-the-fold thing could get tricky, so you'll probably want the whole pattern taped together as one piece.
First step, fold along line 1A, wrong sides together, and zig-zag stitch (use a long, wide stitch, also, it helps if you iron it that way, first). Then do the same to 1B.
Second step. Pin 2A to 2B, right sides together, and stitch. (Use an overlock stitch or serger if you have one, otherwise, just use a medium sized zig-zag.)
Now you have sort of a tube. Reminds me of a cannoli! Refold your cannoli so that the seam you just stitched is on the top going down the middle (and everything's still right sides together), and you'll notice it makes a nice curved toe at the top. Stitch that closed.
The whole top of your bootie is done! Now let's do the heel.
Stitch 4A to 4B, right sides together. That makes the vertical back of your heel.
Refold like you did with the top part, so that 5A/5B match up with the sides of the 4A/4B you just created, still right sides together.
Voila! You're done!
Now go put some lotion on your feet, put on your booties, and go to bed!