Here is an easy and fun way to glamorize your sneakers by making these vintage styled shoelaces! What a perfect way to create something that is both lovely and useful!
I am going to show you how to make a simple pair of vintage style shoelaces.
This project is really quite easy and quick to whip up, making it fabulous for a weeknight craft!
Here’s What You Need:
- Fabric 45” width by about a quarter yard
- Marking Pen
- Sewing Machine and Thread
- Chopstick or turning tool
- Jewelry Pliers (not necessary but they come in handy to pull your laces through the eyelets smoothly)
The first thing you need to do is cut your fabric for your shoelaces.
For my vans knock-offs, I decided to use the width of my 45” fabric for the length of each lace. Then I cut each 45” long strip at 2” width so I ended up with two strips that were 2×45”.
Fold the strip in half with right sides touching. Press.
Then stitch a rounded stitch across the bottom of the halved strip.
Then stitch up the long side using a quarter to a half inch seam allowance.
Now you are ready to turn the strip right side out.
Put the bottom stitched end onto the end of a chopstick and carefully pull the fabric down around the stick. Continue pushing the stick up through the casing until the end of the strip on the end of the chopstick comes up through the other end.
Then pull the casing the rest of the way out.
You should now have a thin lace with a stitched end and a raw open end.
Press the lace flat and then carefully push a little of the raw end into itself to conceal the raw edge. S
titch the opening shut stitching as close to the edge as you can. Clip excess threads.
Now you should have one shoelace!
Do the same with the other fabric strip for your other shoelace.
Then lace the fabric laces through the eyelets in your sneakers. You can use a pair of jewelry pliers to help you feed the strings through the eyelets if you need to.
I love how these vintage style shoelaces turned out!
I think I am going to make another pair in a gingham or maybe even a stripe.
The fabric I used here was a patchwork style Lecien fabric I had in my stash from last year. The great thing about this project is that it takes very little fabric, so you can get away with a ¼ yard or less of fabric. It is a great stash buster for those longer strips we all have lurking in our scrap piles too!
You may want to measure your old shoelaces before making a pair of your own for different style sneakers. The width I used was perfect for my simple vans style sneakers, but I am sure I would need to adjust my length if I had made laces for my high tops.
So give your favorite tennies a pick me up for spring and make some sweet new laces for them! I’ll be back soon with more diy fun!
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