DIY Ankara African wax shoe laces

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Autumn has arrived and although the whole process of discoloration and leaves falling off trees has yet to start, the first ground frost this morning is already a fact. But that doesn’t mean the summer is out of my head. These colorful wax laces give me a summery feel every time I look at them!

supplies laces

The supplies you need are:

  • your favorite wax fabric
  • a pair of scissors
  • measuring tape
  • loop turner
  • sewing machine

Measure your fabric and cut out a strip that is approximately 8 cm/3.15 inches wide and 1.50 m/59 inches in length. Take notice: the width of your lace depends on the size of the eyelets!

print fabric strip

Fold the strip of fabric in the full length so that you’ll end up with a strip that is 4 cm/1.57 inches wide. Make sure that the right side of the fabric is on the inside and the wrong side is facing out.

print fabric strip folded

Sew a seam. Again take notice that the width of your tube/lace depends on the size of the eyelets. Before sewing a seam is when to decide or measure where is best to sew the seam.

sewing seam

Cut the excess fabric so it won’t sit inside the tube once turned inside out.

cut excess fabric

Use a loop turner to turn the tube inside out. Insert the hook of the loop turner into the tube.

insert loop turner into tube

Bring the entire loop turner in the tube until all the fabric is wrapped around it.

loop turner in tube

Hook the end of the loop turner on to the opening of the tube.

latch loop turner tube

Pull the loop turner carefully trough the tube until it’s completely turned inside out.

pull tube inside out

There you have it. Now you’re ready to lace your shoes!

tube/lace

I use white shoes so the brightness of the colors of the wax pops out!

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