DIY Nautical Shoes

Learn how to make these nautical-inspired shoe clips.

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I’m continuing my nautical-inspired theme DIYs with these cute shoes. I first got this idea when I was shopping online for some fun summer outfits. I saw several pairs of nauti-themed embellished shoes. I decided to make some of my own that were less expensive and would have other options (more shoe clip DIYs ideas to come).

Here’s how to make these:

Supplies

Basic Supplies

Thread

Supplies Needed:

  • Pair of striped shoes (I got mine from amazon.com, but given how popular this look is this season, you can probably find them just about anywhere)
  • Shoe clips (These can be found at Rings & Things or your local craft store)
  • Nautical type rope (I purchased a yard from a local fabric store & had some left over for future projects)
  • Heavy white thread for hand sewing (mine is vintage, but new thread can be found at fabric stores)
  • Stop fraying glue (not pictured; purchased from Joann.com)

Steps:

1. First cut your rope in half and then tie a knot.

1. First cut your rope in half and then tie a knot. The tops of the knot will form the bow.

 2. Wrap one end of the rope through one of the top hoops/bows. Wrap the other end of the rope around the center of the knot.

2. Wrap one end of the rope through one of the top hoops/bows.
Wrap the other end of the rope around the center of the knot.

 

3. As you pull each end of the rope away & tighten the knot, it should look like a bow.

3. As you pull each end of the rope away & tighten the knot, it should look like a bow.

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4. Next, make a knot at the ends of each side of the rope.

5. Since these will be on your shoes, you want them to be as secure as possible.  I hand stitched with a thick thread to secure all the knots.

5. Since these will be on your shoes, you want them to be as secure as possible.
I hand stitched with a thick thread to secure all the knots.

6. Now cut off the excess rope and snip any thread ends.

6. Cut off the excess rope and snip any thread ends.

7. Next, you are ready to attach your shoe clip. Turn your bow over and hand stitch your an open shoe clip to the back. When attaching your clip, make sure you put it on the right way so that your bows won't be upside-down on your shoes!

7. Now you are ready to attach your shoe clip. Turn your bow over and hand stitch  an open shoe clip to the back. When attaching your clip, make sure you put it on the right way so that your bows won’t be upside down on your shoes!

8. Hand stitch to tightly secure each side of the shoe clip.

8. Hand stitch to tightly secure each side of the shoe clip.

9. This step is optional. I just added a small stop fraying glue to the ends to prevent the two bottom not from coming apart. While this is drying, go ahead and make your second bow with your other half of cut rope.

9. This step is optional. I just added a small stop fraying glue to the ends of the rope to these knots from coming apart. While this is drying, go ahead and make your second bow with your other half of cut rope.

10. You should now have two very cute nautical bow shoe clips.

10. You should now have two very cute nautical bow shoe clips.

Clip them on your shoes and you are good to go!

Clip them on your shoes and you are good to go!

These shoes are great to wear in the evenings as the summer heat starts to a cool down a bit. August has just begun and I know I plan on enjoying more summer fun – time just relaxing at the beach, hosting patio cookouts, evening bike rides, and catching another beautiful sunset or two across the gorgeous Lake Erie. Plus, we are looking forward to taking a much needed summer vacation.

Do you have any plans you hope to get to this summer? There is still plenty of time to fit some of that summer fun in!

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Hope you enjoy making these cute shoe clips. Believe me, you will get complimented everywhere go.

xo, Kat

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