8.12.2009

New Shoes. Made Better!

Back-to-school season is upon us, and you know what that means

Shopping!

Recently, I was on the hunt for some comfortable shoes suitable for my 1st grader to wear on the playground, yet cute enough to coordinate with the dresses and skirts she loves so much. Oh, and something not too expensive because her feet grow so fast!

Target to the rescue! 

After closer inspection at home, I was surprised to notice 
that the laces were strung through holes without eyelets.
I worried that in addition to looking unfinished
the lack of stability for the laces would result in tearing.

I immediately thought of my stash of eyelets dating back 
to my scrapbooking days (I fear those days will never return...).
I had the perfect solution: star shaped eyelets!
And they were large enough for the laces to slide through!

I went to work setting the eyelets.

They provided a finished look, as opposed to fraying fabric.

I didn't have enough stars to complete each shoe
so the tops were finished off with regular eyelets.

My little girly is very excited with her craft-i-fied
shoes. She says that they make her look like a rock stAr!

P.S. Be sure to check out this site for a ton of ideas on lacing up a new pair of kicks; who knew there were so many ways to lace a shoe?!

28 comments:

A Spoonful Of Sugar said...

Brilliant idea!! Hope your little rock star has a great start to the school year:)

Pink Little Ladies said...

That looks like a fun project, Hope she has a good time back in school!

Joey and Bobbi Kenow said...

How cute!! Are you homeschooling again this year?

Mzzterry said...

great idea! i love stars!

Rachel said...

Very cute thanks for the idea!

Cassie @ You Go Girl said...

Totally rock-star! Fabbity-fab-fab idea. You go girl!

Sarah said...

Fantastic!

Jenny said...

Absoulety prefect for G!!!!! So glad you are back!

Freck said...

How cute!! What a great DIY :)

Ashley @ AshleysBusy said...

Girl! This is the cutest thing ever. LOVE how the little stars match the big star on the side of the shoes. Great idea!

Pink & Green Mama said...

Sucha crafty clever mama! I love it!! : )

kiddlebug said...

That is awesome. Great idea.

ReminisceHeirlooms said...

Loving these!

Ruth said...

So adorable. Thos are a great idea.

Ruth

Blessed Mama said...

Brillant! I bet I have looked at those shoes at Target a zillion times and never noticed the eyelets were missing! Yikes! Great solution and how perfect that they were stars!

Kristen said...

Darling!

maggie said...

Oooh, how cute! I found your blog through Stumbleupon a while back, and have been lurking since. I couldn't resist commenting on the absolutely perfect fix for those shoes, though.

Beth said...

Thank you, thank you for this incredible blog! I just started sewing again after the birth of my 3rd child, and I cannot wait to try some of your creative ideas!

Heather said...

What a great idea - I hope they hold up to the wear and tear of a active little girl! I love cute shoes, and so does our daughter - she would love these!

Laura said...

Wow! I love that idea. I would have never thought of that myself!

Michelle said...

Great idea! That lacing site is crazy! My laces are quite boring.

Laurel @ Ducks in a Row said...

What a cute mom you are - genius, actually.

Anne Marie@Married to the Empire said...

Cute and smart! I'm a little jealous, as I've been trying to find that exact same pair of shoes in a size 4 (for me). They do not seem to exist.

Linda @ My Trendy Tykes said...

Well, look at you!

Those are some rockin' shoes indeed.

rita said...

Very wise of you to see into the future and avoid what might have been. Great use of what you already had -- and so very cute, to boot.
There will be time to scrapbook again -- (peering deep into the future).
rita@quirkycottage

Anna said...

How very impressive! I think we can all use a little rock-star in our days...

featherbed said...

you are crafty indeed. Too cute!!

DM said...

If I will look like a rockstar, make me a pair for Christmas or Birthday. - Papa