DIY Shabby Chic Fabric Shoelaces

I have a pair of pink tennis shoes that I have had for years.  I honestly don't remember when I got them.

I don't wear them every day.  As a matter of fact I forgot I even had them until the rack in my closet broke {again....3rd time ~ too many clothes perhaps?}.  I saw the sweet pink shoes amid a heap of clothes and pulled them out to wear them again.  The only problem...they seemed a bit bland to me.  I had seen some braided shoelaces at Martha Stewart and thought I would give it a try to spruce up these forgotten canvas cuties.

I knew just the fabric I wanted to use ~ a cupcake print I bought a few years back.  You only need a little bit of fabric for this and if you save your selvage edges, you could use those.  I cut a total of 6 strips of fabric from selvage edge to selvage edge ⅜" wide.  I used a rotary cutter to speed up the process.

Place three strips of the fabric together and duct tape it to a solid surface such as a table or counter top and start braiding.  Hold the strips taut but not too tight.  You want a nice firm braid but you don't want it so tight that the strips are too skinny and not noticeable.  {these pictures are terrible ~ I had my little guy ~ who can't sit still for nothin' ~ hold the braid while I took pictures....I hope you don't get dizzy looking at these}.  Once you have completed the braid end to end tie a nice tight knot at each end and lace-up your shoes.

I removed the oh so dull white shoelaces from the shoes to get them ready for their new look..... 

and laced them up as usual.

And there you have it ~ a new look for some old tennies using just a little bit of fabric ~ form dull to Shabby Chic awesomness in minutes!

Here's a preview of something else I have in the works.....I'll be sharing it next week ~

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  1. Cindy Eikenberg says:

    Oh my goodness, how adorable are these?? Those little shoes with those laces are too cute for words! I love this idea and I'm so doing this to make my tennis shoes a little cuter so I will actually wear them! Thanks, Mary Beth, for sharing this!! Happy Wednesday - hugs! xoxo

    1. Mary Beth says:

      The world will be a much cuter place when we all change out our dull old shoelaces! Have a great week, Cindy.

      xoxo mb

  2. Diane | An Extraordinary Day says:

    The world will be a much cuter place when we all change out our dull old shoelaces! Have a great week, Cindy.

    xoxo mb

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thanks, Diane ~ I know...the cupcakes got lost in the braid ~ oh well!

  3. Elena @ `a casarella says:

    Those are darling! Pinning 🙂

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thanks so much, Elena ~ hugs!

  4. pianolady5 says:

    Love this idea! I'm definitely going to give it a try. I hate having to wear shoes that cover my toes to work but this might make my lace-up shoes more fun for me. 🙂 Thanks for sharing this nifty idea!

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thanks, Mel ~ I know you'll do something awesome with your shoes.

      I hope all is well with you and yours.

      Mary Beth

  5. Could these be any cuter! I need a girl 🙂

    1. Mary Beth says:

      I need a girl, too, Kristin! For now ~ I'm just making them for me.

      Mary Beth

  6. freckled laundry says:

    Okay, those are so sweet! I'll be doing that to my converse and just about every pair of lace-up shoes that Edyn owns!

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thanks, Jami! I don't have any girls but I am going to work my way through all of my lace-ups.

      Have a great week.

      Mary Beth

  7. How cute- I may do that for my own tennies too.

  8. Jennifer @ Celebrating Everyday Life says:

    Oh my goodness!! These are SO adorable! Plus I totally {heart} the pink shoes!! Great project!!! Thank you for inspiring me today! 🙂

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting, Jennifer! Have a wonderful day.

      Mary Beth

  9. Hi! These shoelaces are incredible and you could sell them! Found you at Katherines Thursday Favorite Blog Hop.

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thank you, Sue ~ that is so sweet of you to say.

      Have a lovely week.

      Mary Beth

  10. Oh my gosh - these are so pretty! You are so clever Mary Beth - I would never have thought to make these - they look sooo amazing!! Can you make me a pair for my converse sneakers???? 😉

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thank you, Heather ~ I would love to make a pair for your converse sneaks!

  11. Taryn @ Design, Dining + Diapers says:

    These are adorable!

  12. Such a cute idea!
    Love it and I am pinning!

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thanks so much, Desiree!

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  14. These are way too cute! And what a difference in the look. I saw the fabric laces on Pinterest before, but the shabby look is definitely the best.

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thank so much, Sharon ~ have a great weekend!

  15. Maryann @ Domestically Speaking says:

    Super cute Mary Beth! I definitely need to do this with my girls... what a fun craft.

  16. Katherines Corner says:

    cute, cute, cute...did I say cute? Hugs Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things hop xo

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  18. Patricia Krank says:

    Your shoelaces are sooo . . . cute! I love how they dress up your pink tennis shoes. I think I'd like some for my gray leather tennies!. Thank you for sharing the "how to". Blessings, Patti@OldThingsNew

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thanks, Patricia ~ I do think your new gray tennies would look smashing with some colorful laces.

      Have a great week!

  19. Trish @ Uncommon says:

    Mary Beth this is an adorable idea! My girls are always wanting to buy the colored shoe laces and this mama is too cheap to buy them! Will have to get out the fabric stash! Thanks for sharing at Monday Funday!

    Take care,


    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thanks so much, Trish ~ pull out that stash and have some fun!

      Thanks for stopping by ~ Mary Beth

  20. Laura / The Shed blog by Pet Scribbles says:

    Love these! Definitely going to do this, once I sort through my shoes that have been patiently waiting for me to notice them again! 😉

    1. Mary Beth says:

      I would love to see your sneak makeovers, Laura ~ many of my shoes are overlooked...I forget I have them but then it's like finding a new pair when I come across them again.

      Have a fabulous week.

      Hugs, Mary Beth

      p.s. that giveaway sounds awesome!!!!!!

  21. Allison @ The Golden Sycamore says:

    What a cute idea! I love them!

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thanks so much, Allison!

  22. Mary Beth says:

    Thanks so much, Anne ~ I'm going to be making a slew of these for my other tennies!

    Mary Beth

  23. Holly Lefevre says:

    Ok...seriously...this is awesome!

  24. Jocie@TheBetterHalf says:

    these are so stinkin' precious, MaryBeth!!! love them!!!! Thanks so much for sharing at the Humble Brag and hope to see you back tonight!

  25. Lurve this project (as you know)!

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  28. Brianna @ craftandrepeat says:

    So cute and thrifty! Thanks for linking up at On Display Monday! Hope to see you there again this week!

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  31. These are so cute, I'm definitely going to try them!

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