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Topic: DIY Moccasin Kit with some personal alterations!  (Read 13276 times)
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« on: January 29, 2011 07:41:03 PM »

This is a DIY moccasin that I made a while ago, but decided to post it here to get some comments and opinions from fellow craftsters.

I was browsing around Michael's one day and came across a DIY: Moccasins kit. I thought it would be something fun to keep myself busy with. It was about $15.99, but since I had a coupon it only cost me about $10 dollars or so with tax.

This is what the kit came with:

When completed:

Upon completion, I felt that the final project lacked serious character and wanted to do something more. After looking at other handmade moccasins, I was feeling inspired.

I drove back to Michael's again in hopes of searching for something that would give my Moccasins what it needed and I found this:

Who would have known that leather jewelery would go a long way!

I added some embellishments so it wouldn't look so plain. These beads were sitting in my arts and crafts bin for a long time and figured it would be the perfect opportunity to use them.

As you can see, the stringing on the left Moccasin is different from the right because I ran out of string and didn't want to go buy more if I only need such a small amount. My boyfriend suggested that I put a charm on the back of only one shoe to make it unique and I do say that it looks good.

So here you have it, a completed Moccasins project. I hope this will inspire you to go out and make your own! Smiley

*Side Note*: I also wanted to mention that these Moccasins kit didn't have soles on the bottom of the shoes, so I went to a local shoe repair store and had one slapped on.

What do you think?
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« Reply #1 on: January 30, 2011 08:33:58 AM »

That does make them look a lot better! I see that kit everyday when I'm at work and now I know ways to jazz it up! Cheesy

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« Reply #2 on: February 08, 2011 06:51:02 AM »

these are awesome you should make a pattern from them, You could probably use old leather clothes from thrift stores to make them in every color. Awesome shoes!!!!!!!
« Reply #3 on: February 14, 2011 10:30:58 PM »

Those are sweet! How much did having the soles added cost?
« Reply #4 on: June 14, 2019 10:22:48 AM »

Hello and congratulations for this creation. I see that this position is old but I am curious to know what the shoemaker asked you for the sole and how he did it?

Personally, I have learned a fairly easy method and everyone is able to do it. Normally, I sell these explanations in a pdf tutorial with clear pictures in my Etsy store but I am happy to share this explanations here so that next time you can do it by yourself.

The tools you'll need:

Tools :
- a thick offcut of leather
- strong shoe repair contact glue / Contact adhesive glue (good quality)
- sharp heavy scissors
- a stick to spread the glue
- an awl

Step 1:

Prepare your moccasins for gluing soles by making sure the bottom is clean and dry. With a damp sponge or a brush, wipe clean and let it dry fully. With the awl, scratch the surface that will receive glue, meaning, everywhere it touches the ground.

Step 2: Spread the glue
Spread glue all over the piece of leather you will use for soles and over the bottom of your moccasins. Try being precise on the edges of the moccasins.  Let it dry until it is not sticky anymore under the finger.

Step 3 Glue together
Place the moccasins on the leather and press/hammer it together. Make sure it contacts everywhere on the edges. Make little patches if there are holes you need to cover inside.

Step 4: Cut around
Cut as close as you can around your shoe.
Be really careful not to cut your moccasin.

Thats it! Your moccasins can age nicely now!


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