inspiration: Bows

DIY LACE UP BALLET FLATS

Having always been a bit of a Francophile, you can probably guess that I’m already sold on the simplicity and clean lines of a pair of ballet flats. But what if you want to take that classic perfection to another level? I’ve been seeing embellished flats here and there (so DIYable – be still my beating heart!), but when I stumbled upon a pair of lace up ones I knew they would be the next DIY. So easy to make, I’d take these over a pair of heels most days!

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Wearing: DIY flats, DIY cut off vintage shorts, Zara coat, MLM tshirt, Lack of Color hat.

How to make lace up ballet flats

You need: 

  • A pair of ballet flats
  • 14 D rings
  • E6000 glue
  • Leather
  • Scissors
  • Leather cord

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How to:

1. Cut your leather into strips 2.5 cm (1 inch) wide.

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2. Cut those pieces in half, and then insert the leather through the D rings.

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3. Fold the leather over and glue down. Do this for all 14 and let dry.

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4.  Put more glue onto one leather piece.

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5. Press down there you want them to sit on the shoes, starting at the back.

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6. Attach them down the front, measuring a thumb sized gap between.

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7. The finished product should look like this.

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8. Finally, add your leather cord, crossing over the foot through the D rings and tying at the back.

How to make lace up ballet flats

Voila!

How to make lace up ballet flats

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DIY LEATHER BOW BRACELET

Recently I’ve felt an urge to deck myself out in a few gold bows, maybe it’s a nod to the final golden hours of summer, or the fact that I’m off to Japan this weekend where bows are practically a uniform, but I can’t get enough of them. Recently I created this leather bow bracelet and couldn’t wait to share! Read on to see how.

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When I made this I experimented with different techniques, the first time sewing and the second time gluing like you see below. I found that the finished product was much better with the glued version, but of course if you have a few leather skills you should definitely stitch this using a dart awl to puncture the leather.

You need:

Or grab yourself this fun bow kit here, with lots of different bow jewellery to make.

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How to:

1. Cut two pieces of leather around 1.5 cm (half inch) thick. The largest piece should fit around your wrist with some overlap, and the smaller one should be roughly half the size of the other piece.

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2. Make holes for the stud beads (which will secure the leather on) at both ends.

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2. Add the stud bead to one end.

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3. Now, add glue to the ends of the shorter piece of leather on the right side of both ends.

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4. Press the ends together onto the middle of the base piece of leather.

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5. Add some glue to the middle of the loop of leather and then add the bow on top.

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6. Put a piece of twine or string underneath the bows.

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7. Carefully pull tight so the leather loop creates a bow and the metal bow is sitting in place. Let dry overnight and when dry remove the piece of twine.

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Voila!

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Love DIYing with leather? Grab yourself a leather kit to experiment with here.

DIY INSPO: BOW PUMPS

As the holiday season canters towards us in a blur (whaaatttt it’s Dec first already!?), I find myself unusually attracted to all things bright, glittery and girly. In general my evening footwear is black, simple and most often better suited to black mesh than black lace, but at this time of year – and for some unknown reason – I can’t help but covet bow heels in all shapes and sizes (ok I do know the reason, do I have to spell it out for you? c-h-r-i-s-t-m-a-s  p-a-r-t-y). This style with the big bow on the side has caught my eye over and over, and I’m obsessed with how one would recreate such a look . Ideas?

a pair and a spare DIY fashion pumps with bows
a pair and a spare DIY fashion pumps with bows
a pair and a spare DIY fashion pumps with bows

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