Weekend Making: Fabric Shoelaces
October 07, 2013
I wanted to pop in and share this fun craft that Jane and I worked on over the weekend. She had a birthday party for two friends to attend and I suggested that we make shoelaces for the girls to go along with the gift cards we bought them. I used this tutorial by Liesl Gibson found on the Lisette blog (she also shows how to make them on Creativebug). They were super straight forward to make, easy and fast. Win, win, win! The aglets (that's the word for the little ends on shoelaces) were made with washi tape and nail polish. In Liesl's tutorial, she used clear polish, but Jane wanted to add a little bling, so we went metallic. Jane asked me to make a pair for her, too. That girl has some good taste...she specifically asked if I had any Liberty florals she could choose from. Uh, yes, I do.
A couple of notes if you make these:
- 48" is a good length for adult sized Converse low tops, and 54" is what you need for most high tops. For kid sized shoes, it's probably best to measure the lace that comes with the shoe.
- You need to use a lightweight fabric. Quilting cotton is a good option, but so is voile and lawn. Small prints look the best.
- You will have to piece your fabric if you are using traditional quilting cotton (40" to 44" in width). For the pairs we gave as gifts (not shown), I pieced 3 widths of fabric together, did the sewing, and then cut the laces to 48" from the one longer strip. With Jane's Liberty laces, one 54" width trimmed to 48" was sufficient for each lace.
- I found cutting the fabric with my rotary cutter and ruler left me fewer strings to deal with than tearing the fabric did.
- I found it easiest to sew the laces shut when I moved the sewing machine needle all the way to the left and sewed along the right edge of the lace. This placed the shoelace right over the feed dogs and kept it under the presser foot.
- We put 3 coats of nail polish on each tip to make sure that the tape would stay put and to ensure a nice hard finish.
I bet I will be making a lot more shoelaces soon...I'm thinking birthday party favors, stocking stuffers, etc. I think they would also make super cute "ribbon" to tie on a present.
These are really cute and a great way to customize a pair of shoes. We may have to try this soon. I bet even boys would like them with a stripe.
Posted by: Mama Urchin | October 07, 2013 at 02:19 PM
WOW! How did I never even think of this possibility? Thanks for the inspiration as always!
Posted by: Kelly | October 07, 2013 at 02:38 PM
alright those are BEYOND AWESOME!!! please pass my excellent taste award on to ms. jane. liberty laces? um, yes, please!!
Posted by: Molly | October 07, 2013 at 09:20 PM
Love, love, love these! I just bought some boring white laces for my Converse sneakers. I'm going to have to make a few sets of these instead. What fun!
Posted by: Allyson | October 08, 2013 at 05:55 PM
Know what I will be doing with the granddaughters ....Thanks.
Posted by: sue turner | October 09, 2013 at 05:27 AM
I'm so glad that you said "hello" on my blog! I never realized you were in Louisville also! I saw on your sidebar that you wrote a book with Stash books... congrats!! I just finished a sewing book with Stash to come out next year... we should try to get together sometime to promote them... might be fun!
Posted by: melissa | October 10, 2013 at 03:04 PM
Thanks for sharing your hints on this pattern! I saw it on the oliver and s blog but was a little daunted--making shoe laces?!? Seeing how pretty yours are is inspiring.
Posted by: Brigit Dermott | October 10, 2013 at 04:43 PM
Thanks for sharing these. They are too cool! My hiker laces are about to fall apart; I think some new floral laces for the trail is just what they need!
Posted by: Dawn Suzette | October 12, 2013 at 12:22 AM
My girls will love this!!!
Posted by: Amy | November 15, 2013 at 09:21 AM