While I love the thrill of thrifting an item to then conceptualize it’s second life, I’ve found the REjuvenation process to be all the more rewarding when I am able to just shop in my own closet. In a way it feels like I am cheating the system…breaking out of the ‘buy-purge-buy more’ cycle, and stretching my dollar way more than I ever intended too. Well, that is until I spend that ‘saved’ money elsewhere. 😉 One can only practice so much restraint.
When it comes to shopping, my mind usually overpowers my heart. I figure ‘classic’ is more lasting than ‘fun’ (unless it’s a stars-in-the-eyes moment when those both align) so why not spend my dollars there? Why does logic always have to be so convincing?! So, after buying my classic (albeit maybe a bit boring) sandals, my summer shoe selection was looking a bit drab. That is until these Madewell sandals, which I lovingly wore for a couple of seasons, and had since retired, caught my eye. Why not just doll them up?
Doll, I did…and I could not be more pleased. This project was truly simple, and the cherry on top is that it’s not permanent. So, come next summer, I may just REjuvenate these sandals all over again!
Here are the steps I took, in case your shoe closet is in need of a little excitement too.
Materials: a pair of sandals, embroidery floss (color #352 Light Coral), beads, and a pair of scissors
Cut a [much longer than you’d think] piece of embroidery floss. I started with 4 feet and soon realized that it wouldn’t get me very far. I ended up using 12 feet per shoe. Tie a tight double knot.
String a bead onto the floss, and complete the wrap to secure the bead’s position. Wrap the floss two times around the strap after each bead that you string. (1 wrap with bead, 2 wraps without bead, 1 wrap with bead, etc.)