Felted Shoelaces

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Introduction: Felted Shoelaces

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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!

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    I just posted your photo and this write-up on my blog - thanks for the brilliant solution to the need for funky shoelaces! -

    http://simpleshoemaking.com/wp/felted-shoelaces-by-brooklyntonia/

    I've seen a lot of felt shoelaces,
    they're always made from wool roving that is wet with soapy water, then
    rolled like you're making a snake out of play-dough until they get long
    and skinny. They're usually lumpy and irregular, at least when I've
    tried to make them. So the brilliance of chain-stitching, then felting
    wool yarn - with the same soapy water - No lumps! And so many color
    possibilities - they could even be multi-colored..make some for your
    shoes in need of a creative touch!

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    I've never heard of this before. I'm glad I ran across it. Very good 'ible. Good way to transform simple yarn into usable cord.

    I love the black boot with golden shoestrings! Looks great!

    Cool got my vote

    Very cool!

    Some clear heat shrink tubing would be perfect to finish off those lace ends. I've repaired many fraying shoelaces with it - works great!

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    That's a fantastic idea! They really didn't need a finished end because the felting makes it easy to lace them up, but it would definitely work and add a bit of detail if you used a colored piece.

    Sort of like dreadlocks for your boots.

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