Make Shoelaces out of Tee Shirts | Spark Your Summer
Here we are, week six of Spark Your Summer already! Next up is Beckie the creative mind behind Infarrantly Creative with fun upcycle craft: Shoelaces out of Tee Shirt. How cool is that? I’m for sure going to do this with my daughters sometime over the summer. Make sure to head over to Beckie’s blog for lots more “think-outside-the-box” ideas!!
Hello Tidy Mom readers. I am Beckie from Infarrantly Creative and Cheryl and I go way back – we are old ladies in this blogging world and it has been fun to watch each of us grow and inspire women all over the world.
Yesterday on Infarrantly Creative I showed my readers how to make continuous t-shirt yarn. Since then I have been on a rampage using the yarn for different projects. Today I am making shoelaces from the t-shirt yarn. This is especially fun to show off school colors or to coordinate your shoelaces with a certain outfit. The colors are as endless as the colored tee shirts out there – which if you go to a thrift store you know they have every color of the rainbow.
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- T-shirt yarn
- 3/16″ Heat Shrink
- heat gun or hairdryer
- stick pin
1. Cut a length of t-shirt yarn to the length you want it. For my canvas shoes, I used 37”. I figured out the length by removing the existing shoelace and using that for my measurement.
2. Slide about a 1” piece of 3/16″ Heat Shrink onto the end of your yarn leaving a little bit of a tail.
3. Use a stick pin to hold it in place while you blast it with a heat gun. This takes about 7 seconds. If you choose to use a hairdryer it takes a lot longer.
4. Let them dry then cut a tiny bit of the heat shrink and the tail off. Repeat steps 2-4 for the other end of the tee-shirt yarn. The heat shrink makes it easy to thread through the shoe eyelets.
I added two colors to each shoe but you can do just one if you want. This is obviously a fairly cheap way to replace shoelaces. Your biggest expense is the heat shrink which can be purchased for about the price of a new pair of shoelaces at Target or Wal-mart.
So cool right?!
Do you love upcycling old t-shirts? Check out these posts for more inspiration.
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