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.
I’m excited to announce my new PDF e-book How To Make Unique Leather Sandals – A Practical Guide With Step-By-Step Projects
Calling all leather crafters, shoe enthusiasts, and fashion-forward creators! Dive into the world of sandal-making with this practical guide, packed with step-by-step projects that will ignite your passion for footwear design. Get ready to unleash your creativity and craftsmanship skills, as this PDF e-book takes you on a journey of mastering the art of making stunning leather sandals.
With a perfect blend of fashion and functionality, sandal-making is the ultimate craft to pursue. Experience the thrill of crafting sandals that perfectly match your style and vision. No more struggling to find the ideal pair – this book provides you with the techniques and know-how to create the sandals you’ve always dreamed of.
Within this comprehensive guide, you’ll find:
How to make long-lasting sandals
All the tools and leather craft techniques needed
Different ways to decorate leather
8 incredible sandal-making projects
Detailed instructions and stunning photography
A step-by-step approach to making simple sandal patterns
Styled for both seasoned leather crafters and those looking to embark on a new creative journey, this book is your passport to crafting beautiful leather sandals. Why settle for anything less when you can design your own? Say goodbye to mass-produced footwear and immerse yourself in the joy and satisfaction of donning your own handmade creations.
There is no need to purchase lasts to make the sandals in this book.
With a bit of practice,
you can craft a pair of sandals in a couple of days. And in no time at all, people will ask you if you could make them some sandals….
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.
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’m nearly finished writing a sandalmaking e-Book. These photos show one of the 8 sandals to make in the book.
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 sandalmaking 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 product photography, 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, 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 and then experimented with basic shapes, different 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.
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