DIY Shabby Chic Fabric Shoelaces

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I have a pair of pink tennis shoes that I have had for years.  I honestly don’t remember when I got them.

I don’t wear them every day.  As a matter of fact I forgot I even had them until the rack in my closet broke {again….3rd time ~ too many clothes perhaps?}.  I saw the sweet pink shoes amid a heap of clothes and pulled them out to wear them again.  The only problem…they seemed a bit bland to me.  I had seen some braided shoelaces at Martha Stewart and thought I would give it a try to spruce up these forgotten canvas cuties.

I knew just the fabric I wanted to use ~ a cupcake print I bought a few years back.  You only need a little bit of fabric for this and if you save your selvage edges, you could use those.  I cut a total of 6 strips of fabric from selvage edge to selvage edge 3/8″ wide.  I used a rotary cutter to speed up the process.

Place three strips of the fabric together and duct tape it to a solid surface such as a table or counter top and start braiding.  Hold the strips taut but not too tight.  You want a nice firm braid but you don’t want it so tight that the strips are too skinny and not noticeable.  {these pictures are terrible ~ I had my little guy ~ who can’t sit still for nothin’ ~ hold the braid while I took pictures….I hope you don’t get dizzy looking at these}.  Once you have completed the braid end to end tie a nice tight knot at each end and lace-up your shoes.

I removed the oh so dull white shoelaces from the shoes to get them ready for their new look….. 

and laced them up as usual.

And there you have it ~ a new look for some old tennies using just a little bit of fabric ~ form dull to Shabby Chic awesomness in minutes!

Here’s a preview of something else I have in the works…..I’ll be sharing it next week ~

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    Oh my goodness, how adorable are these?? Those little shoes with those laces are too cute for words! I love this idea and I’m so doing this to make my tennis shoes a little cuter so I will actually wear them! Thanks, Mary Beth, for sharing this!! Happy Wednesday – hugs! xoxo
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      Thanks, Jami! I don’t have any girls but I am going to work my way through all of my lace-ups.

      Have a great week.

      Mary Beth

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    These are way too cute! And what a difference in the look. I saw the fabric laces on Pinterest before, but the shabby look is definitely the best.

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    Your shoelaces are sooo . . . cute! I love how they dress up your pink tennis shoes. I think I’d like some for my gray leather tennies!. Thank you for sharing the “how to”. Blessings, Patti@OldThingsNew
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      I would love to see your sneak makeovers, Laura ~ many of my shoes are overlooked…I forget I have them but then it’s like finding a new pair when I come across them again.

      Have a fabulous week.

      Hugs, Mary Beth

      p.s. that giveaway sounds awesome!!!!!!