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 started by cutting strips out of the pieces I found in the box, then dyed them and wove them loosely together. There are thinner and wider strips, I wanted an irregular look.
Next, I sandwiched the edges between two leather straps to hold everything together and then constructed the sandals.
You don’t need shoe lasts to make sandals but I like using them when making sandals for my son, he just doesn’t like all the adjusting and standing still. I do try them on his feet before stitching though just to make sure.
Here you see the underside of the soles after stitching. The heel is an extra piece of thick leather, you could add more pieces of leather to build the heel higher still.
And this is another photo of the finished sandals.
I will experiment more with weaving leather, I really like the texture it creates. Also try to knit, crochet or macramé leather lacing, endless possibilities for play…
I used water based leather stains from Identity Leather Craft, the colours I chose are brick red, ochre and cranberry.
For how to make any sandals you can dream of see my eBook How to make unique leather sandals. It’s a practical guide describing all the basic techniques involved in sandal making with step-by-step projects and lots of photos.
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 eBook How To Make Unique Leather Sandals will show you everything you need to know about creating your own sandals.
Sandal making 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 be able to craft the sandals you’ve always wanted but could never find. With a bit of practice, so much is possible.
This is the book I wish I’d had when I started making shoes (more than 10 years ago). It has taken me a long time to get where I’m now, as there are so few resources out there teaching this still undiscovered craft.
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, that’s why one is red inside and the other is green. 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”. I finished the book itself and am now working on creating a landing page. It’s all new to me, so it’s taken me some time to find out exactly what I needed to do to self-publish an e-book.
I’m getting there now, a bit late for the summer in the northern hemisphere, but think of all the summers still to come…
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….
Here are sneak peeks 1 and 2 of the sandal making book.
This is another preview into my upcoming e-book on making sandals at home (here is the first). 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.
One day I saw a book on shoemaking (in German) and felt the urge to buy it. That book got me started and here I am more than 10 years later writing myself a book on sandal making. That’s how much I love it. I want to share my enthusiasm for this wonderful craft, that isn’t much in fashion – yet.
Most people perceive shoe making as something that can’t be done at home, but it’s not difficult at all, once you know the basic techniques.
The book on sandal making will be available soon, so watch this space.
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.
I am in the end phase of writing an e-book on sandal making at home. These photos show one of eight sandal making projects I describe in the book. I hope to finish it soon.
Although I’ve been making sandals for over 10 years now, I’ve learned so many new things while making the projects for the book, researching everything from scratch as if I was a beginner.
They say the best way to get familiar with a subject is to write a book about it, this is so true. It certainly has taken my sandal making to a new level.
But it’s not only the content of the book that has challenged me to go new ways, it’s also the technical side about self-publishing an e-book that opened a new world to me, I’m so fascinated by it all.
In the process of writing the book, I’ve taught myself taking photos of objects, in design and setting up a blog and landing page. Of course, there is no end to learning, something new to master always comes up.
Making boots at home is the most wonderful feeling of accomplishment. You can make them look exactly like you want them, choose the material, colour, decoration, height and so much more!
I started making shoes 10 years ago, they didn’t look like these then. I used to take apart old shoes to figure out how they were constructed. I experimented with basic shapes, different kinds of leathers, dyes and ways to decorate it while teaching myself leather craft techniques.
I got so fascinated by the fact that I can actually make shoes at home that I haven’t bought another pair of shoes since.