Oh hello super cute ida for transforming all those favourite fabric scraps that you can’t bear to part with! Give your favourite shoes a makeover and turn the smallest of fabric pieces into DIY-laces to spruce up a pair of your favourite lace-ups. Find more fantastic projects and tutorials (plus some super inspiring show and tells of her finished quilts) over on Maureen Cracknell’s blog.
You will need
- Eight pieces of fabric, each 2in wide (totalling about 1½ times the final length of the laces when placed end to end)
- A pair of lace-up shoes
- Darning needle (size 13)
Finished length will depend on the number of eyelets on the shoe:
- 4–5 eyelets = 36in laces
- 6–7 eyelets = 45in laces
- 8–9 eyelets = 54in laces
- 9+ eyelets = 72in laces
Alternatively, you can measure the existing laces in the shoes and match to that length.
You Will Need
- Fabric (See notes)
- Shoes (A pair of lace up shoes)
- Needle (Size 13 darning needle)
Cutting out and joining
Cut the fabric strips into small pieces, as desired, and arrange into two rows of equal length.
Sew the rows of fabric together, one at a time. Take two strips of fabric and place them right sides together at a 90-degree angle. Pin in place (Fig 1).
Sew the strips together on the diagonal, as pictured (Fig 2).
Trim away excess fabric to create a ¼in allowance. Repeat until all of the pieces in one row are joined. Press seams open and then press lightly all over. Repeat with the remaining row.
Folding the strips
Take one of the pieced strips, fold in half lengthways so that it is 1in wide and press (Fig 3).
Open the lace out and fold each of the raw fabric edges in to meet the central crease (Fig 4).
Press and then fold the lace in half and press again. The lace will measure ½in wide. Repeat with the other pieced strip.
Sew down both sides of the fabric laces, starting with the long open edge opposite the fold. Leave both short ends unstitched (Fig 5).
Pull one end of a shoelace through the opening of the darning needle and use to thread through each eyelet in the shoe. Repeat to lace the other shoe. Once laced, finish the ends of the shoelaces. Fold over the raw ends by ¼in and press (Fig 6).
Fold by a further ¼in and press again (Fig 7) – this will hide the unfinished edges. Then sew in place by hand (Fig 8) or use fabric glue to secure in place.
Now you’ve learnt the basics, have fun raiding your stash for different fabrics to create different effects. Using a single fabric (as below) creates a more understated look.