I was recently asked to be a part of eHow’s ‘Project Throwdown’…kinda cool! Each contestant was given a list of 4 specific materials that needed to be a part of their ‘Denim Do Over’.
6 Creators -> 4 Materials -> 1 eHow #ProjectThrowdown.
Feel free to browse around their Pinterest page and pin other contestant projects as well, the winner will have the most repin count. But you can vote for more than one person!
Not wanting to make the obvious lace cut-off shorts with feather key ring, I opted for a different route. Something off-the-beaten path. It is either haute couture, or project big blue bird. But my funky self kinda loves them. I am showing you how to make the denim and lace ankle boots below, feathers optional.
Materials eHow supplied for the contest:
- jeans (should have some stretch)
- key rings
Additional materials used:
- pair of ankle boots
- glue gun / hot glue
*Please note – beads shown / NOT USED
Step One – Place small strips of lace on boot where you want the lace to peek through, and hot glue down. Repeat for both boots.
Step Two – Cut large rectangle strips of denim from the hem of your jeans, making sure to keep the hem as nice as possible when cutting.
Step Three – Line up the hem of your jeans with the back zipper opening of your ankle boot and hot glue the hem in place.
Step Four – Lay your jean fabric flat on your shoe, and carefully cut the denim as you follow the curve of your heel. Hot glue the denim in place as you go. Continue to mold the denim onto your shoe, stretching the denim gently when needed and hot glueing into place. When you get to the lace, stop. Cut off excess denim.
Step Five – For a frayed denim edge around the lace, carefully run the sharp edge of your scissors along the cut denim over and over again.
Step Six – Continue fraying the denim until you reach your desired look. Hot glue denim edges in place.
Step Seven – Repeat for other side of the shoe, overlapping the denim in the front. Hot glue all edges in place, and smooth out.
Step Eight – Cut smaller denim scrap pieces to hot glue to exposed areas of the shoe.
Step Nine – Cover all exposed parts of the shoe with scrap pieces of denim.
Step Ten – For the toe, place a small piece of scrap denim overlapping the lace, and pleat/fold the bottom of the denim towards the bottom toe area. Cut off excess denim hanging off of the front of the shoe, and hot glue securely in place.
Step Eleven – Repeat for both shoes.
Pause and admire artwork given to you my kids at this time (if applicable – lol).
Step Twelve – For a feather trim, cut a strip of feathers the same circumference as your ankle boot opening.
Step Thirteen – Hot glue feathers in place along the upper edge. Repeat for both shoes.
Step Fourteen – Cut once feather off of the feather strip, and overlap the top of the feather around the key ring. Use a dab of hot glue to secure in place.
Step Fifteen – Slip keyring around the zipper, and you are finished!
To see the rest of the entries for the Project Throwdown, click HERE to see the Project Throwdown Pinterest Page. Be sure to repin my project if you would be so kind!
Tell me, what would YOU have made with old jeans, lace, feathers, and a key ring? (With a focus on fashionable apparel). I would love to hear the ideas you come up with!
Thanks so much for stopping by, and until next time…