Tuesday, February 22, 2011
It's Tutorial Tuesday - recycled wool shoe/boot insoles!
A couple of my readers mentioned that they make these, and it's a fabulous idea... and easy! Why buy expensive insoles for your shoes & boots, when you can make a pair for the whole family out of one sweater? Wool has natural anti-fungal and antibacterial properties, wicks away moisture (aka sweaty feet!), is insulated (will keep your toes toasty in the winter), and comfy! I hate wearing socks, so these are great for me!
You know that sweater you had planned for a project, but it felted up too much, and you set it aside? Go get it!
Just trace a foot (yes, I am wearing Christmas socks in February), and cut it out. I like to use my son's washable markers for stuff like this.
Now take that piece & flip it over to use it as a pattern to cut out the other foot. If you have 2 different sized feet (some people do), I recommend tracing each foot separately.
Voila! Now you have insoles, at a fraction of the price of the ones in the store, but are better because they are all natural & recycled to boot!
Now you can just place them in your shoes, like they are, or you can secure them down somehow. For the people that have already made these... what do you do? I personally just stick them in my shoes as is, and hold them down with a thumb as I slip my foot in, as pictured below.