Introduction: Felted Shoelaces
I saw some cool knit shoelaces online and thought it was a cool idea. However, most of them were all curly and twisty. I wanted some that were straighter and smoother, so I opted to felt some instead.
Step 1: Chain Stitch
Crochet a chain long enough for your shoes. I used this site to determine an appropriate length, though you could also measure the laces that you're replacing.
If you don't know how to chain stitch, I have an instructable for that. It's super easy and quick once you get the hang of it.
Step 2: Felting Part 1
Fill your sink with a few inches of the hottest water that will come from your tap. I recommend using gloves to protect your hands from the heat.
Wet the chain and apply some dish soap.
Step 3: Agitate
Roll the chain around in your hands with plenty of soap and water. Occasionally re-wet the lace and apply more soap as needed. Continue to do this until you can't see the stitches in the laces.
Step 4: Rinse
Rinse and squeeze until there is no more soap in the lace.
Step 5: Roll
Roll the lace a bit at a time like you're rolling out a clay snake. This will make stray fibers cling to the lace and make it more smooth and uniform.
Step 6: Clip
You'll see the thickness taper off at the ends to where there was only one strand of yarn. Cut off the excess at the end of the laces about a half inch from where the stitches start. Leaving a half inch of single strand will allow you to easily thread the laces into your shoes eyelets.
Step 7: Stroll
Lace up and take your new refashioned shoes out for a stroll!