Inlaid boot tops

The secret to creating flawless inlay is planning the order in which the pieces will be placed.


I’ve chosen to put the flower pieces in last so they can just be a circle, with no worry that they’ll extend into another inlaid shape.


I’ll stitch the design before I rub off the light coat of glue that held my pattern markings in place. It’s a lot easier to rub it off once everything is firmly stitched down. If not, rubbing the glue off pulls the pieces out of place.


About customboots

I'm a custom cowboy boot maker. I own a business, Sorrell Custom Boots, and I create bespoke cowboy boots using vintage machinery and hand tools. I also own, a company that specializes in tools, supplies, and leather for the boot and shoe making trade.
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5 Responses to Inlaid boot tops

  1. Chris Hanner says:

    I love seeing how you accomplish some of your magic!

  2. alice ray cathrall says:

    Spectacular Lisa

    Alice Ray


  3. customboots says:

    Thank you, Chris and Alice!

  4. Lisa, What is the residue that is on the grain side of the leather?

  5. customboots says:

    It’s a very thin coat of the water-based rubber cement that I use. The tackiness of the cement helps to hold the pattern in place as I’m cutting and stitching, and then it has to be rubbed off when the tops are completed.

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