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Get the look of laces + the ease of a slip-on!
Forget tying and re-tying laces over and over again. And add some custom colored style at the same time with elastic shoelaces. Get the look of laces + the ease of a slip-on! Great for kids shoes.

Posted by Cheryl@Sew Can Do from Farmington Hills, Michigan, United States • Published See Cheryl@Sew Can Do's 12 projects »
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  • How to make a shoe lace. Diy Elastic Shoelaces - Step 1
    Step 1

    Supplies Needed:

    - Lace up shoes
    - Fold Over Elastic (aka FOE). This comes in several widths usually 5/8in and 1 in. I used 1 inch since that's what I had on hand*
    - Basic notions (sewing machine, pin, soluble/disappearing marking pen, scissors)

    *Depending on the size of the holes, the 5/8 make be easier to use. You can find basic colors of FOE at most sewing stores and tons colors & prints at various online sewing & diaper making shops.

  • How to make a shoe lace. Diy Elastic Shoelaces - Step 2
    Step 2

    First you loosen the shoelaces slightly and then mark the laces about 1 inch from the outside of the top lace holes.

  • How to make a shoe lace. Diy Elastic Shoelaces - Step 3
    Step 3

    Then unlace the shoe and measure the distance between the markings and cut two pieces of FOE that length.

  • How to make a shoe lace. Diy Elastic Shoelaces - Step 4
    Step 4

    Fold the elastic lengthwise and trim the ends to a point (this makes it easier to feed through the lace holes).

  • How to make a shoe lace. Diy Elastic Shoelaces - Step 5
    Step 5

    Mark the center of the FOE and center that at the base and begin to feed the folded elastic through the holes like shown

  • How to make a shoe lace. Diy Elastic Shoelaces - Step 6
    Step 6

    Continue feeding folded elastic through until both ends meet inside.

  • How to make a shoe lace. Diy Elastic Shoelaces - Step 7
    Step 7

    With right sides of the ends facing pin elastic open. Stitch together & backstitch over a few times for strength and then trim close to stitching.

  • How to make a shoe lace. Diy Elastic Shoelaces - Step 8
    Step 8

    Pull elastic to fold over the seam and evenly adjust laces. Now they're ready to wear!

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