Looking back, I remember this as one of the most challenging homeschool activities we did as part of our EPIC Adventure. We made our own medieval style shoes as part of the work related to the Tanners Guild. Firstly we looked at how a modern boot is assembled, then we researched pictures of different medieval shoes and sketched some ideas...
Then we worked out our own patterns... (Roman's foot!)
We made the mock-ups by just stapling the pieces together, trying it on & drawing any modifications onto the fabric itself.
Below is the mock-up for Roman's boot.
Once the pattern pieces were modified, the children chose mock leather or felt or suede-ish stuff to actually make their shoes.
Smurf LOVED using my old Singer sewing-machine & got really good at it. Sewing mock leather is not the easiest thing to sew on as your first attempt (!)
Smurf had chosen to design a 'Poulain' type shoe which was so long and pointy that medieval people had to tie the point of the shoe up! He enjoyed this activity so much, I remember it was past his bedtime but he really wanted to finish the sewing.
A finished shoe...
All the children made a different style shoe, out of different materials.
It was challenging but they learnt a lot!
Here's a few photos I took at Walsall Leather museum on a trip we had...(it was free too)...
As we're big picnic-lovers, a day out is not complete without one!