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

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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

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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

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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

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Rinse and squeeze until there is no more soap in the lace.

Step 5: Roll

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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

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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

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Lace up and take your new refashioned shoes out for a stroll!

Comments

simpleshoemaking (author)2015-08-10

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!

Great! Thanks!

MiltReynolds (author)2015-08-01

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.

myrrhmaid (author)2015-07-27

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

Turtle11 (author)2015-07-27

Cool got my vote

seamster (author)2015-07-27

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!

Brooklyntonia (author)seamster2015-07-27

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.

TomV4 (author)2015-07-27

Sort of like dreadlocks for your boots.

Brooklyntonia (author)TomV42015-07-27

Absolutely!

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