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May 4 2010

Getting a shoe “fix”

I love shoes.

I love these shoes.

Shoe. Yes, I have big feet.

I never wear these shoes, though.

When I walk, this is what happens.

Bummer.

But all is not lost! Here is my inspiration:

(Forever 21)

And here is the end result:

Here’s how I did it:

1. Take two pieces of fabric (I used navy blue), 25″ x 3″. I didn’t use any interfacing or padding, because I wanted to keep it light and airy. Fold one piece of fabric in half longways with right sides together, pin, and stitch a seam using 1/2″ seam allowance down the long ends.

2. Trim the seam allowance.

3. Turn the tube right side out and press.

4. Topstitch 1/8″ from each edge.

5. Fold the raw ends under 1/4″, then fold under again. This is where my photography skills went on vacation.

6. Topstitch two seams to secure the end.

7. Sew down a piece of velcro on one end, flip the strap (this is important!), and sew the other piece on the other end. Oh look, the photography came back!

8. Repeat for the other strap.

That’s it! Slide on the shoe, slip the strap underneath, twine around your ankle, and velcro shut. I am debating stitching the crossover together and/or hotgluing the strap to the underside of the shoe, but for now I am leaving it at is so I can keep experimenting with other ideas.

Sep 3 2009

Tutorial: Ring Bearer Pillows

Ring Bearer Pillows

Our wedding party includes two adorable ring bearers, the young sons of my bridesmaid Lea Ann and her husband, Kyle, who will be escorting me down the aisle. Rather than spending $20-$30 a pop on ring bearer pillows, I decided to try my hand at making them.
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Aug 11 2009

Tutorial: Tote Bag

Tote Bags

Making a tote bag is a great way to both use up scrap fabric and promote reusable shopping bags. I like to choose a fun print and a coordinating solid color to line the bag. Quilters’ “fat quarters” are almost but not quite big enough to use for these totes, and I’m thinking about playing around with a fat quarter version of this bag that would involve piecing together the main fabric.
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