It’s that time of year again when I get out my leather stuff and start making sandals (while still wrapped in wool). These are my son’s new sandals. In this post I share my process of making a sandal pattern using lasts.
I needed some sandals for cooler summer days, I try to avoid putting on shoes until I absolutely must because of my toes turning blue… So these cover most of my feet but still let in some air.
These knotted strap sandals I made for my teenage daughter. Every time I make her a pair of sandals she gets out fabric scraps and cardboard and builds her own sandals that she wears proudly around the house.
I’ve wanted to try weaving with leather strips for some time and finally decided to make my son’s new sandals this way. Most of the leather for the sandal tops is from my leather scrap box, so I used up some oddly shaped pieces that I couldn’t make anything with anymore.
I can’t wait to get out of socks and boots and into sandals! Here I made tooled one-strap sandals for my children’s grandmother who lives on the other side of the world in Chile, they are in the middle of summer now…
Tooling leather straps is one way of adding sparkle to your leather projects. It’s taken me so long to find out about all the different ways to decorate leather that I thought I document whatever new I learn with each project I undertake.
Here is one way to tool leather to get the look you see on the sandals above.
Yes, you can become the maker of beautiful and unique leather sandals. My pdf eBook How To Make Unique Leather Sandals will show you everything you need to know about creating your own sandals.
Sandalmaking is a wonderful craft to pursue. I love how it combines creativity and craftsmanship with fashion and functionality.
Wearing shoes you created yourself is deeply satisfying and once you started making your own footwear you will not want to wear anything else.
It’s thrilling to craft the sandals you’ve always wanted but could never find. Once you know the basic techniques so much is possible.
What you will learn from this eBook
The eBook shows you step-by-step how you can make long-lasting sandals explaining all the tools and leather craft techniques needed to make a high-quality product.
In addition, you will learn about different ways to decorate leather so you can create sandals that are truly yours.
The book features 8 sandal making projects with detailed instructions and photography making them easy to execute.
With a bit of practice
you can craft a pair of sandals in a weekend.
And in no time at all, people will ask you if you could make them some sandals….
Get the eBook here and see lots more photos too!
Making shoes is one of my favourite crafts. Twice a year when the seasons change I make new ones for my children, either winter or summer shoes. They outgrow them so fast!
These I made for my daughter in autumn colours, using brick-red, ochre mixed with cream pearl and cranberry for heel covers (see below where to find them). The edges I impressed with leather stamps to give them something extra.
The lining is thin leather, I had only bits of different colours left, as you might notice in the photo above. Looks kind of funny, but then who will notice.
Here is another sneak peek into my now really soon to be available e-book “How To Make Unique Leather Sandals”.
The above sandals are the first project of the book, they are easy to make as there are no straps to cut or buckles to attach, and they offer lots of space for decoration….
The e-book How To Make Leather Sandals is available now!
This is another preview into my upcoming e-book on making sandals at home. I’m in the finishing phase, it’s so exciting to finally come to an end with something I started 2 years ago!
How come I began making my own sandals? As with clothes I seldom found sandals, or shoes for that matter, that I really liked. I always had to settle for what was available.
Making children’s shoes is especially rewarding because you know what they are made of. Most shoes offered today consist of synthetic, glued together components that aren’t healthy for a growing and more vulnerable body. Wearing shoes made of such material often leads to sweaty (and sometimes smelly) feet.