Alongside your new fancy feather ombre skirt you’re clearly going to need some killer shoes. However if you can’t stretch to buying your dream pair right now, how about updating some old faithfuls with these epic leather bow clips? The bows are made from leather offcuts which are cheapy available from eBay or workshops that use leather, so this is a really affordable idea too!
Over to the babe in the know, Jen of Head Full of Feathers…
♥ Leather scraps cut to 19 cm x 8 cm (x2) and 8 cm x 3 cm (x2
♥ Needle and thread
♥ Chalk pencil
♥ Craft clips or clothes pegs
♥ Broderie Anglaise trim
♥ Skull Buttons
♥ Shoe clip backs (available at craft stores)
Step One: Glue all along the long edges of your leather pieces. Fold in 1 cm from each side (1/2 a cm for the smaller pieces) to create a neat edge. Clip together to secure while they dry.
Step Two: Cut your Broderie Anglaise trim into 4 pieces of 8 cm. Glue two piece to the back of each small leather piece. Set aside to dry.
Step Three: To start making the bow shape, mark the centre line of your large leather pieces with your chalk pencil and apply a line of glue, 1 cm either side. Fold the ends in to this line and clip them in place to dry.
Step Four: Stitch the shoe clip findings to the ends of your small leather pieces trimmed with Broderie Anglais (these will make the centre of your bows).
Step Five: Once dried, take the large leather pieces and fold them in half, wrong side out as shown, and stitch them. Flip them over and glue the outsides down to get the bow shape. Clip or peg this in shape until it dries.
Step Six: Wrap the small leather/ Broderie Anglais pieces (with shoe clip facing outwards) around the bow and stitch the ends together to make it secure. Make sure your shoe clip lies on the underside of the bow.
Step Seven: Snip a small hole in the centre of the bow. Put a little glue on the back of your skull buttons and push the part that you would normally stitch to your garment, down the hole (you can stitch it in place to make it more secure, but it’s not necessary if you use strong glue).
Step Eight: You’re done. Attach the shoe clips to your old shoes and you’ll have brand new pair for just a few pence!
- Photography: Laura Power