I wrote a post about converting long sleeves to short sleeves to get more use out of them. I've also mentioned that I've taken leggings that the kids have grown too tall for and re-hemmed them for capris. Today, I'm sharing how I can make hand-me-down shoes last longer!
Now, all three girls are close in age and the clothes that they pass down are usually stair-stepped, just like they are. For the longest time though, we had a huge bag that contained various types of shoes. One girl might be a size 6 during the summer and require cute sandals, but another one might be a size 6 in the fall and need boots! It's worked out great because we've rarely had to buy new shoes for them- even though we have three girls. And trust me, they all have more shoes than they need!
Recently, my middle daughter needed new sneakers and so, like always, we grabbed the bag and looked at our inventory.
We came up with a pair of shoes that my oldest wore a year or so ago... pretty good condition, especially since we just needed to play in them. Only problem was that they wouldn't stay velcroed (or "taped" like my kids say).
I weighed my options. We could buy new shoes for her. Or I could figure something out.
I've been feeling crafty, so I thought it'd be fairly easy to just sew some velcro over the old velcro. Right? Wrong! I couldn't get my needle through the shoe, old velcro, and new velcro and it didn't look feasible to rip out the old stuff.
My wonderful husband came up with the great idea to just hot glue the velcro over it!
All you need is a pair of velcro shoes, new velcro roughly the same size as the old, hot glue, and a hot glue gun.
Simply hot glue the new velcro over the old velcro...
Ta-da! Newly velcroed shoes!
I get more use out of items we're blessed to have and my daughter gets to wear her older sister's shoes (a big deal)! My husband is happy because I'm not needlessly spending tons of money on things that still look nice and have use left!
What are ways you get more use out of clothing and shoes? And just as an interesting tidbit, I have a friend who uses her hot glue gun for everything! She even hot glues pictures to the walls!
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