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.

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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! -


    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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    4 years ago

    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.


    4 years ago on Introduction

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


    4 years ago

    Cool got my vote


    4 years ago on Introduction

    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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    Reply 4 years ago on Introduction

    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.