Thigh-Highs Slouching? Here's How to Keep Over-the-Knee Boots Up

Marigood Suns
by Marigood Suns
5 Materials
30 Minutes

Hi everyone. Now that we’re getting into fall, I’m going to show you how to keep over-the-knee boots up and stop boots from slouching with this quick and simple tutorial. Don't you just hate it when your thigh-high boots fall down when you're walking? It's no fun pulling at them all day.

If you want to see how I fixed this problem, please keep reading.

Tools and materials:

  • Thigh-high boots
  • Seam ripper
  • Elastic
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine
How to stop boots slouching

My over-the-knee boots are suede, but this tutorial could work for any fabric boots. 

Looking at the stitching on the boots

1. Take a look at the stitching

First, take a look at the stitching on the top of the boot, from both the outside and the inside.

Seam ripping the stitching on the boots

2. Seam rip

Using a seam ripper, unpick the stitches on the inside, one by one.

Cutting out the old elastic

3. Remove the old elastic

Remove the old elastic by snipping it with scissors and pulling the length off from the glue.

Folding the top edge to create a tunnel

4. Create a tunnel for the elastic

Next, make sure there are no remaining stitches on the outside or inside of the boot. Then, fold the boot material over using the original line as a guide. Pin it together to create a tunnel for the elastic. Remember to leave a gap so you can feed the elastic through later.

Sewing down the fabric boot edges

5. Sew down

Place your presser foot in the manner on the boot’s edgestitch and sew down using a zigzag stitch.

The new stitching on the boots

This is what it should look like - exactly like the original stitch! You can’t tell at all that it has been opened and restitched together.

Measuring the new elastic length

7. Measure the elastic

Next, measure a piece of elastic to insert into the boot. I used the old elastic as a guide and subtracted two inches, so the fit will be tighter.

Inserting the elastic into the boots

8. Insert the elastic

Attach a safety pin to the end of the elastic, then feed it through the fabric tunnel on the boot. Once done, sew the elastic ends together and sew the opening in the fabric closed. 

Repeat all steps for the second boot.

How to stop my thigh-high boots from falling down

How to keep over-the-knee boots up

That’s it! A simple way to stop boots from slouching and keep those over-the-knee boots in place all day long. Whether you’ve lost a little weight, or your trusty boots have lost their elasticity, this is a great trick to give your boots a boost.

What do you think about this tutorial? Let me know in the comments below.

Suggested materials:
  • Thigh high boots
  • Seam ripper
  • Elastic
See all materials

The author may collect a small share of sales from the links on this page.

Join the conversation
 1 comment