Hi all! Anna Mack here, former owner of Way of the Glue Gun. You may know I’m working on a number of guest posts while the girls get up to speed on the back end of the blog. Today I’m here to teach you a really fun and simple craft – bias tape shoelaces.
I recently came across some stunning handmade bias tapes on Etsy. (Read on for a coupon code!) The moment I saw them I knew precisely what to do – make shoelaces! Don’t ask me why sometimes I have a completely clear picture of what to make. Other times I sit there with a bunch of supplies and a confused look on my face…..Hey that’s a crafter’s life right? In any case I ordered four different bias tapes from Aggie & Harry and then set about shoelace plannin’.
I will see that I don’t think my method was the easiest, but I do think it looked the best. I purchased silver metal aglets to cap the shoelaces and they were kind of a pain to work with. For ease’ sake I’d probably recommend the plastic shrink wrap variety, they’re inexpensive online. However for this tutorial I’m just going to show you precisely what I actually did. Feel free to amend as needed.
Here’s a sneaky peek now that I’ve talked a bunch. Then we’ll get started!
OK for my version of these shoelaces I used the following items:
- double sided tape
- needle nosed pliers
- nearly 3 yards 5/8″ bias tape (thinner would probably work even better)
- USE CODE WOTGG25 for 25% off Aggie & Harry’s bias tapes, which we linked to just above.
- 1/4″ wide stitch witchery
- iron and ironing board
- 2 aglets for each shoelace
You may know that I work with a great online ethical fashion boutique called Madefair.co. I used our Lily Paige boots for this tutorial because I adore them.
The first thing I did was place each tape in the tongue of my boots to see which I liked best. You can see them side by side here:
I decided on this gorgeous tape.
To get started remove your current shoelaces. I used these to measure my bias tapes because I figured they’d be a great length. My first step was to cut my bias tapes to the correct length. Two cuts for two total shoelaces.
Now you’ll notice that since this is bias tape one side is open. This would normally be to slip the edge of clothing into. Then you’d sew it shut. We need to do something with that prior to finishing the laces.
Cut two pieces of stitch witchery the length of your laces. Place the stitch witchery inside the bias tapes, close to the outside edge. Next you’ll iron them shut. After that’s done you’ll notice that you can no longer open one side of the tape. Success!
Once that’s done its time to add your aglets. Simply singing the ends of this fabric won’t work well since its cotton in our case. It’ll just scorch and look gross. Since we wanted this to look nice I opted for silver aglets.
I experimented with a few methods. The easiest was to snip the last 2/3″ or so of the lace at an angle like so.
Next you’ll take your double sided tape and simple wrap it around the end a few times so it LOOKS finished. I tried this and discovered it helped my shoelace end stay intact and in place while I was finishing the aglet.
Now this is the hardest part…the aglets. What you’ll do is use your needle nose pliers to stuff the taped end of your lace into the aglet. Then you’ll begin by using the pliers to squish the tip of the aglet closed. I found out I had to do a lot of going back and forth and pliers-ing one side then the other to maintain a circular shape. Otherwise you’ll just end up with a flat aglet that won’t fit through any holes.
Once you’ve completed your aglet the whole length of it should be fairly circular. If its too flat on one side just continue with your pliers until it IS circular.
Continue on with the other end as well as your other shoelace. Then lace ’em up and rock your outfit!
Just to really snazz things up you could also add buttons, bling, bows etc to the first revolution through your laces. Might as well go over the top with it! I didn’t do that here for simplicity’s sake, but you could certainly add many things to your own laces.
A few final visions of loveliness.
Enjoy guys! The possibilities are truly endless.
Over and out,