LEARN to tie your shoes!



No matter if you do bunny ears, or loop by loop let’s face it ..you need something to practice tying . And if your kid is anything like mine, then she wants to bend it, flip it, lift, and lay it until she gets the angle that she likes best. So I figure, instead of letting her get frustrated with her foot, maybe we should make a fake shoe for these tying (trying) lessons. And thanks to See Jamie Teach, for already making a shoe tying template, I just had to put my own spin on it… with my Silhouette Machine of course! 

Now before I get started if you are a non silhouette user you want to hop on over to Jamie’s page and print her Shoe Template

Now for all my fellow cutters, this is where it gets GOOD!  For October’s Silhouette Challenge I knew I wanted to do something to show off my new sketch pens. So if you are in the mood to sketch, cut, layer and  modge podge, then keep reading, because  I have step by step instructions on how you can make your own shoe! (AND some very cool sketch pen tricks, for you to keep in mind.)




First (and thankfully) I downloaded this free shoe tying template from See Jamie Teach.


Then in order to use it with the Silhouette, I traced it in the Designer Software. If you haven’t tried tracing yet, sometimes it can be a bit finicky. I’ve found if I play with the high/low settings on the right hand corner it allows for me to grab everything (even though I haven’t figured out the science to it, it’s more click and drag until I get results right now).3

After I traced the lines were a smidge thinner then I wanted. So I clicked on the LINE icon at the top of the screen (black multi lines, next to color lines), and went to line thickness and increased it. 4

I then released the compound path so that I could tell it, what I wanted cut and what I wanted sketched. When I am performing multiple functions I try to color code accordingly so that I can keep it all straight. (red cut, black sketch..pretty simple right?)5

Since the flaps are going to get the most use, I decided it would be smart to layer the paper so that it is a bit thicker and in return more durable. So I opened the shoe in a new screen, and used the eraser tool to erase away the pieces that I didn’t want to cut. Which in this case was the top and bottom of the show. (This was the first time I used the eraser tool.. for some reason, I never think about it! But yay, for it being so simple!!) 6

I added a few words, because well why not.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAand then it was time Then change your material to be cardstoc, adjust the blade to pen (and then blade)  and click cut! (*I prefer to sketch then cut, so that no little pieces lift up just in case).


You should end up with something like this. Now just grab your modge podge and start assembling.


Once assembled, and laced and it should like this.


As you can see the Shoe should get you some BIG SMILES! Now if you want to smile you should go check out all these AWESOME  Silhouette linkups from the Silhouette Challenge!!

Crafting with Glitter Just Got Easier by Create & Babble

Birthday Invitations Homer Simpson Style by Black & White Obsession

DIY Planner Dividers by The House on Hillbrook

3D Haunted Forest by Chicken Scratch NY

Pumpkins and Peacocks Fall Mantel by joy & gladness of heart

DIY Cheers Garland by Rain on a Tin Roof

Wedding Gift Wrapping by It Happens in a Blink

Glitter Monogrammed Pumpkin by unOriginal Mom

Halloween Family Rules by Tried & True

Faux Stitched Speech Bubbles by Get Silvered Craft

A Mario Bros. Backsplash by Please Excuse My Craftermath…

Halloween Spooky Eye Luminaries by A Tossed Salad Life

Addressing Invitations with a Silhouette Cameo by My Favorite Finds

Halloween Party Treat Bags by The Thinking Closet

“Create” Wooden Pallet by Lil’ Mrs. Tori

Spooky Halloween Bats Garland by TitiCrafty

Decorated Pumpkins by Tanya’s Creative Space

Cute Wedding Card by Zanaree

Learn to Tie Your Shoes by From Wine to Whine

Fussy Cutting Making You Fussy? by My Paper Craze

Cut Fabric With Your Silhouette by Cutesy Crafts

Cookie Lee Jewelry’ Gift Bags with a Purpose: Sharing Thankfulness by An Elegant Touch

Halloween Banner by Sowdering About

If you have a Silhouette Machine and want to be part of the fun, You should join our group! Simply fill out the new member request form, and Lauren from The Thinking Closet will get you squared away.


9 thoughts on “LEARN to tie your shoes!

  1. Stopping over from the Silhouette Challenge!

    The shoes are such a great idea for youngin’s. My niece just learned to tie her shoes, wish I would’ve seen it sooner!! Great job, looks adorable!

    Much Love,
    Trisha D.

  2. What a fun way to learn to tie shoes! Looks like your little girl is loving it! Yet another thing I need to try, sketch pens!!!

  3. Look at you, you clever girl! I can tell from your sweet daughter’s smile that this has made learning how to tie shoes a very fun event. Heck, I already know how to tie my shoes and I want to play with it. Lol. Excellent tutorial, too, I might add. And I had no idea about how to make lines thicker – – thanks for the tip!

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