June 27, 2012

mocs

doing a diy moccasin was a cool idea that came to my attention after i saw this tutorial on just love.ly things. of course, it's not a true "diy," since it's just a kit you buy at michaels.

still, i was intrigued enough to try it...

ez leathercraft moccasins diy


(of course, thenonious always gets into whatever it is i'm doing.)

ez leathercraft moccasins diy


the instructions seemed complicated, but with some effort, could be followed alright.

a half-completed moccasin-

ez leathercraft moccasins diy


i also got a little strip of leather and made a heart cutout for embellishment!

ez leathercraft moccasins diy


the leather of the embellishment and the moc ended up being too similar. so i just painted around the edges with some acrylic paint. i then sealed the deal with some tacky glue, and connected the heart cutout and moc for lyfe.

look how pretty!

ez leathercraft moccasins diy

ez leathercraft moccasins diy


if you're wondering how these moccasins hold up as actual footwear, here's my review-

i wore them out to the lower east side one night. first of all, i was afraid that since they are soft soles, they'd rip like a piece of paper... not the case! i could walk in them just fine.

as for comfort, they rival my minnetonkas... with the slight lead going to the kit moccasins! only problem was the inside laces rubbing up against my toes after awhile, which was totally bearable. i think it might've been because i picked a size too small.

but don't get too excited.... at the end of the night, one of the heels started coming undone. i'll have to re-tie it with another cord, and i think i'll probably glue it this time too, just to be sure.

also, after a night on the town, these definitely looked much more worn than when i first put them on. i'm afraid i'll only be able to wear them on short errands and around the house. sadly, these just aren't made for the wear and tear of everyday city life... which is basically what i require out of all my shoes.


i'm still glad i made them. they are so cute, and i feel like you can make a dozen variations with different embellishments. i had fun, and i'd say they're worth a try! i'd pick up this kit again and do another embellishment fer shure (if it were on sale...)

ez leathercraft moccasins diy


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11 comments

  1. This is in my top 3 crafts to do, except I might attempt it without the kit...maybe...we'll see. These are adorably cute though, even though they didn't hold up as well as you'd hoped. xo

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  2. Super cute! They are very reminiscent of summer camp. They'd be great for around the house kind of stuff. Love it :)

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  3. Aww these are lovely! It's a shame they weren't so durable, but they do look super soft and comfy for wearing around the house!
    Faye x

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  4. super super cute. The hearts are darling!

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  5. oh my goodness, I must try this immediately!!
    Nicole

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  6. Aww this is so cute! I've never seen a shoe DIY kit like this one - such a nice idea! However I think I would have been sceptical about the quality - but it seems my doubts were wrong :)
    Also it's so cute that you added a personal touch with the hearts! <3

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  7. I've never seen that, but it's very cute! It looks pretty simple.
    - Christen :> www.anunordinaryhello.com

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  8. Well, they're definitely cute. Good short-term shoes. :-)

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  9. They do look adorable. I'd be scared to have to walk barefoot back home, though, hehe.

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  10. Pretty!!! I should try one soon :D

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  11. They are cute, especially the heart details!

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