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Topic: Santa's Elf Shoelaces. You know, for the kids!  (Read 2619 times)
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« on: November 15, 2013 04:25:35 PM »

The ManFlesh's nieces live "far" away and we won't be able to be with our families of origin this year for Thanksgiving or Christmas, so I wanted to send them a little pre-Christmas treat just so they remember that we still think of them even though we're not what you'd call "phone users."  They are 7.75- and 5-years old (will be 6 on Dec 20). 




I saw a pin for bias tape shoelaces and I am a sucker for making bias tape so this seemed right up my alley!  I don't think that the original blogger (http://sara-vs-sarah.blogspot.com/2011/03/scrapbuster-no-18-challenge-submission.html) actually cut her strips on the bias and at first I wasn't going to and the I realized that store bought shoe laces usually have some stretch so I ended up cutting on the bias. I made a little wrapper just for funsies.  I wish I'd waited until the laces were done so I could have sized them better, but I bet the kiddos won't even notice.




The biggest trick is using heat shrink tubing to make the aglets (you know the plastic bits that keep the ends from fraying). The blog suggested and I bought mine from Radio Shack, but I'm sure there are other options with more color choices, too.


Sorry the pic is a little out of focus, but you get the idea.
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« Reply #1 on: November 15, 2013 04:27:00 PM »

EEEP! I need some of those!
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« Reply #2 on: November 15, 2013 04:33:47 PM »

EEEP! I need some of those!

Lady, if I hadn't used ALL the fabric making 2 pair, making a mistake pair, and avoiding the seams in the bias tape, you'd totes get some.
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« Reply #3 on: November 15, 2013 05:51:33 PM »

EEEP! I need some of those!

Me too!
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« Reply #4 on: November 15, 2013 06:28:28 PM »

That's a very neat idea!
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« Reply #5 on: November 15, 2013 07:03:58 PM »

Oh wow, how fun!! I don't think I've EVER seen anyone make shoelaces before, let alone Christmas kinds! I think you're on to something here! The kiddo's are going to love them!
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« Reply #6 on: November 15, 2013 07:13:35 PM »

Thanks, y'all!  I absolutely can't take any credit for the idea other than perhaps making them holiday themed, but I can't be the first.  I just can't, right?   Cheesy

I'm pretty sure the girlies will like them and like getting holiday mail (including a singing Christmas card) addressed just to them.  And I'm pretty sure that they're parents will make a deal about it which always helps in these situations.
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« Reply #7 on: November 16, 2013 04:29:09 AM »

PS-kudos for knowing the word aglet.  Cheesy
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« Reply #8 on: November 16, 2013 08:09:31 AM »

PS-kudos for knowing the word aglet.  Cheesy

HA!  It's one of those words I'd read a dozen times and never remembered, but the guy at Radio Shack where I bought the shrink tubing knew and then it's listed on the blog where I got the tute for these!  Now that I've typed it a couple of times and said it out loud, maybe I'll remember. Wink
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« Reply #9 on: November 16, 2013 05:10:43 PM »

For cute!
Just accidentally ran across thisnever been to the "shoe" board before. Life never stops amazing me <3
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« Reply #10 on: November 16, 2013 05:36:38 PM »

For cute!
Just accidentally ran across thisnever been to the "shoe" board before. Life never stops amazing me <3


I've never posted on the shoe board! Thanks, lady!
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« Reply #11 on: November 19, 2013 06:55:59 AM »

those are great.  thanks for the idea, as I might someday make myself custom laces for my 8-hole dr martens
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« Reply #12 on: November 19, 2013 08:36:56 AM »

those are great.  thanks for the idea, as I might someday make myself custom laces for my 8-hole dr martens

I am resisting the urge to go crazy making them myself!  Luckily, I have many gift projects to get done in the next few weeks so I just won't have time to make myself shoelaces.  Smiley
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« Reply #13 on: November 19, 2013 10:06:12 PM »

That's adorable! I totally would have worn those as a kid. (Heck, I'd wear them now too. Smiley)
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« Reply #14 on: November 21, 2013 02:05:58 PM »

Fun stuff!!
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« Reply #15 on: November 22, 2013 05:37:42 PM »

So Cute!
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« Reply #16 on: November 22, 2013 06:48:02 PM »

Thanks y'all!
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« Reply #17 on: November 24, 2013 07:24:06 AM »

Just excavated our closet and found a brand new pair of shoes for DH that are missing a shoe lace.  Too bad they are "work" shoes and need to be boring looking.  I swear, I have never given him girlie things, but he always worries I'm about to glitter all his stuff when he's not looking. 
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« Reply #18 on: November 24, 2013 08:46:01 AM »

Just excavated our closet and found a brand new pair of shoes for DH that are missing a shoe lace.  Too bad they are "work" shoes and need to be boring looking.  I swear, I have never given him girlie things, but he always worries I'm about to glitter all his stuff when he's not looking. 

C'mon! You know you want to!  Wink  Or maybe he secretly wants you to, but knows he can't have it.  Sad
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« Reply #19 on: November 24, 2013 12:47:56 PM »

You know, I like the second theory.  May not be true but it makes my heart happy.  =)
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« Reply #20 on: November 24, 2013 04:48:03 PM »

You know, I like the second theory.  May not be true but it makes my heart happy.  =)

Sounds like an excellent retirement gift, glitter man shoes!  Start planning now.
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