Making Sandals At Home – A preview of my upcoming book

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!

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Sandals embroidered with a goat’s skin leather cord

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.

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Making Leather Cuff Bracelets – Tips How To Make Them

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I love making leather cuff bracelets, they make great presents and are quick to create. Leather is one of my favourite materials to work with.

I make rings, necklaces and earrings out of leather and draw on them with a pyrography tool (basically a hot pen), or decorate them using leather stamps, acrylic leather paints, rivets or charms.

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Stenciled Linen Top

Make your own stenciled fabrics

I love hand printed fabric. I often buy plain fabric to challenge myself finding ways to decorate it and give it some sparkle. I find stenciling fabrics an easy and fun way to beautify fabric. There are many ways to go about it. Here I did the most basic way of creating a stencil.

I used what I had around the house, paper, a craft knife, some textile paint and a piece of foam. I drew a design on paper, cut the stencil out with the craft knife and dabbed textile paint through it with a piece of foam. I then used a fabric paint pen to add a bit more colour.

I used red linen from Organic Textile Company, the binding is silk and the edge I crocheted with embroidery thread. The pattern is self drafted. I read this book to teach myself basic pattern making Design-It-Yourself Clothes: Patternmaking Simplified.

Sandalmaking eBook in progress – Writing an eBook

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I’m nearly finished writing a sandalmaking e-Book. These photos show one of the 8 sandals to make in the book.

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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.

Update

The book How to make unique leather sandals is available now! Follow the link to find out more about the book!

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Reverse Appliqué T-shirt – Making Fun Clothes For Boys 1

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Why do boys’ clothes have to be so boring? My 5-year-old loves colours and so do other boys, I’m sure, yet the clothes available for them are often so dull.

This t-shirt I made using the reverse appliqué technique. I first stenciled a design onto the fabric, sewed around each shape with embroidery thread and then cut the shapes out to show the fabric underneath.

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