Fried Socks, Patched Boots, & a Homemade Hat (Scrounge)

Ha-ha, made you click on the link. No, seriously, lots of good information here folks. First off, one of my jobs is to paint a checkerboard tile pattern on a floor. The floor has anti slip sand in the paint, so before I realized it, the front of my steel toed boots had worn away, exposing the steel inside. That often happens on older boots, but these aren’t very old. Once again, the free pair of sheers I got proves to be an excellent leather cutting tool, and a cloth cutter too (below).


So I cut the end off my too long belt, then separated the two layers of leather. The inside one was much thinner, so I used that to make two pieces that are somewhat diamond shaped. I knew that over the years, the oil in my hands could be in the leather, so I used denatured alcohol to soak the leather pieces. Then I dried them out, and glued them over the holes. After that, I went over everything with brown shoe polish, to even out the color, and help hide the patches.

This is certainly an unusual way to repair boots, but it will keep the holes from getting bigger, and it looks better than before. Now as a bonus DIY tip, I’ll show you how to dry a pair of socks if someone else is using the clothes dryer, or you dan’t have one. And winter, it’s got to be winter, with the wood stove going. And clean socks, the other residents of the household wouldn’t appreciate it otherwise. You lay them on top of the hot stove, continually flipping them over, so they don’t get scorched spots. Don’t get distracted by fail videos on your phone.

In a previous post, I showed a hat pattern I made from poster board. It’s been raining A LOT in East Tennessee, so I need the hat. I even thought about making it out of aluminum, then painting it brown. That would be a lot faster and easier for me, than sewing oilcloth.

But my oldest son asked me if I wanted to be a walking lightning rod. That about ended the aluminum idea, but wait a minute, don’t forest rangers wear aluminum hard hats? Check online, they sure do. But then I decided to search for ‘aluminum hat attracts lightning’. There’s a video of a guy who needs to move his car during a hailstorm, so he dons an aluminum pan to protect his head, He runs out into the storm, and a second later the screen goes white because a huge lightning bolt hits the guy. I guess he lived, but that was enough to dissuade me from the aluminum idea.

Back to oilcloth, with maybe a leather top. I went to Walmart, and got supplies. The brown cloth I wanted was marked down to $1 a yard. In the picture, you can see three layers. The top one will be the outside. The middle layer is a white fabric designed to make projects stiffer. Perfect. The black is the inner layer. I’ve drawn the shape on with a pencil, and started putting pins in it to hold the layers together. I got all those pins in place, but that’s all the progress for now.