DIY Leather Mary Jane Booties
Blogging is a lot like design school, and I love it. The last minute challenges, the deadlines, doubting yourself, being creative on a timeline, all good things! So when I was asked to be part of a design competition for Cricut, completing projects and hoping to win a grand prize I jumped in, no second thoughts. Then came the specifics. The first month’s theme is fashion / gear. We are divided into teams of 10 who choose a sub theme to work together with. Ensue panic, because I can be crafty with the best of them, but NOT with clothing. Its too tricky to get the fit right, and my projects hardly ever turn out the way I had hoped. My team decided to theme up with lace. After many ideas of projects I could use, I decided that in order to have a creative project I wanted to make the design myself, rather than using what was in the design space store already. So… I decided to make some gift ready leather Mary Jane baby shoes. I have tried a few different patterns over the years, and I can never cut the two sides the same. This time it was PERFECT using a machine like the cricut. I want to cut out all sewing patterns with this! To begin with, I cut out my template on cardstock as a trial run. I wanted to try out the machine, use the pen function, and learn the mechanics of it in a beginners project. I then got brave, going straight to the leather. My leather was pretty thin, so I used the regular cutting mat, and the regular blade. I simply put the cut settings on custom and chose leather in the design space options. It went over my template 3 times. It cut beautifully and easily – no snags and each piece peeled like butter. I then attached my lace to the toe section, and a lining to the heel to cover up the elastic. If I were to make another pair I would just cut out the entire heel shape in the liner. Next time! The toe and heel were attached using a regular sewing machine, and regular needle. I gathered the ankle strap to add more ruffles but you could easily make the strap shorter for a smoother look. To see the other projects that my amazing team came up with, here is a sneak peek and where to find them:
Have you got your cricut yet?