DIY Grommet ShoesEver find a pair of shoes like, so cheap, but they kind of just need a little something else but you have to get them because they are just so cheap? That’s what happened with me and these pewter Calvin Klein shoes. I found them and they were really inexpensive, and I thought, “Meh, they are a great color, kinda boring, but for $15 how can I not buy them?”

So I did, and then I decided I wanted to spice them up. And for some reason, grommets were my answer. But I kind of love the way they turned out, and it was really quite simple. So if you have an old or a new pair that you want to embellish, here’s how to do it!

grommetsuppliesYou will need:

  1. hole punch (you may remember that I love my Martha Stewart one)
  2. a rubber ball (you really only need this if you have a screw hole punch like mine)
  3. grommets in the size or sizes you want
  4. a grommet tool, preferable a squeeze tool like this Crop-A-Dile
  5. shoes, obvy

To start, figure out where you want to place your grommets.  Then, holding the grommet in place, trace the interior circle of the grommet onto your shoes with a regular pen. (Don’t use a permanent marker in case you change your mind!)




Once you’ve got your placement on the shoe, it’s time to punch a hole. If you are using a screw punch, which you normally need to use on a self-healing mat, you’ll need something to punch on. I used a small rubber ball, since it fit nicely in the tip of the shoe and provided a cushiony surface for the punch. (The benefit to using a screw punch is that you can punch wherever you want; you don’t need to fit the jaws of a squeeze punch over the edge of the shoe.)


My hole punch wasn’t quite big enough for the grommets I chose, so I had to punch a few times around to make the hole big enough.




Insert your grommet with the top going into the shoe, and the bottom on the underside.

grommet6Then, use your grommet tool to crimp the grommet in place. I like to use a squeezing tool because it doesn’t require that you hammer part of the grommet, which can be difficult when you are working inside a shoe.




Complete the same process for any other grommets you want to attach, and then do the other shoe!


It’s really simple but also looks unique, and it looks harder than it really is. So you can impress your friends with your mad DIY skillz.





More knotting, y’all!

This is one I’ve been working on for a while. The basket weave knot seems tricky to tie at first, but once you’ve done it, it’s pretty simple. I learned it from JD at TIAT, so if you want to see a video of how to tie this knot, check it out here.

Here’s what you’ll need:


  1. 2 ½ yards of 550 paracord, in a color of your choice
  2. a button of your choice
  3. needle and thread

You’ll also want something to hold the cords while you are tying. I usually use a clipboard, but you can also tape it to a table.

To start, fold your cords in half. This bend will be your clasp loop.


Attach this loop to the table or your clipboard.


Start by laying the right-hand cord over the left-hand cord.


Now the cords have switched places. Take what is now the right-hand cord and bring it up and through the loop, and out to the right.


This is the base from which you’ll weave. Straighten it out a bit.


Now, loosen the knot up a lot, putting the ends pointing upwards.


Next you are going to take each of these large loops and twist each one to the right. Do the right side first, and then the left side.


Now you’ve got two twisted loops. Place the right-side loop over the left-side loop like this:


Take the end of the cord on the right and feed it through the loops like so:

basketweave13 You’re going over the first loop, under the two middle loops, and over the last loop.

Pull it through.


Next, take the end of the cord on the left side and feed it through in a similar fashion, like so:

basketweave16And pull it through.

basketweave18Tighten up this knot by gently pulling the threads through, starting at the top.

basketweave19You can tighten to whatever size you want. I usually like a smaller knot, so I tighten quite a bit.

basketweave20Now you can see what the knots will look like when finished. From here, simply start another knot.


Follow the exact same procedure as the above for the second knot. Once you’re done, tighten it up so it looks the same as your previous knot.


Continue knotting like this until the bracelet is the right length for your wrist. You could also leave more space between knots if you want a more open look.

Add the button to the end by sewing it on. See my previous paracord tutorial for sewing a button with a shank on; if your button has holes, you can simply sew up through the cords and into the button holes.


And stack them up!

basketweave1You can even stack them with other paracord bracelets, like the ones I made here.



Wrapped Paracord BraceletI’ve got an incredibly simple tutorial for you today for an easily customized, fun bracelet you can make with paracord and knotting cord. Come check it out!

Here’s what you’ll need:

wrap cord supplies

  1. 1 yard of micro thickness (.5 mm) Chinese knotting cord, in a color of your choice. I used a fun multi-color one called Fluorescent Mix that you can purchase here.
  2. 16″ paracord, in a color of your choice
  3. button
  4. binder clip (optional)

To start, fold your paracord in half. Measure the loop formed by the paracord with your button to make sure that the button can slip through the loop. You will begin wrapping at a point that makes the loop a good size for your button.

Take the knotting cord and place the end of it parallel to the paracords. Begin wrapping it tightly around the paracord, catching the tail that you laid parallel underneath.

wrapcord1Keep wrapping until you’ve got about an inch of wrapping, so you are certain that the tail of the cord is secure.

wrapcord2Cut the tail off as close to the wrapping as possible.

wrapcord3Wrap a few more loops to hide the end of the cord.

wrapcord4Now you will start wrapping in whatever pattern you choose. The easiest wrap is to space each turn out about 1/4″.

wrapcord5Keep the wrapping tight and evenly spaced. If you are having trouble with your dangling cords (and who doesn’t, really?), you can secure them together with a binder clip so they don’t flop around.

wrapcord6Wrap until your bracelet is just about the desired length, and then begin wrapping each round flush to the next, like you did at the beginning.

wrapcord7Once you’ve got about a half inch of flush wrapping, you will add your button. Feed the cord up through one of the holes and back down, and wrap around the cords again. (If you have a button with a shank, simply feed the cord through the shank.)

wrapcord8Do the same for the other button holes, if you have them. Then continue wrapping around the paracords and tie off the knotting cord a few times.


And you’re done!





You can make different patterns depending on what cord or cords you use, and how you wrap them. I did one with lime cord that I wrapped in a 1 – 3 – 5 rounds pattern, and I did one with 3 different cords in an ombre pattern.

wrapcord12It’s so easy you can finish a bracelet in about 10 minutes. So you can make a bunch and have an arm party!

Hope you enjoy!

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I love making these cord bracelets. There are so many ways to knot, macrame, or twist them up. And I’m definitely hooked on it now!

Today I’ve got this infinity knot bracelet to show you. It’s really quite easy to do, although it does require some concentration while you are making the knot. But you can easily bang it out in about an hour’s worth of active time, with time in between for drying and such.

Here’s what you’ll need:

infinity bracelet supplies

  1.  3/8″ wide white ribbon, 16″
  2. binder clips
  3. fabric stiffener
  4. fabric glue
  5. Korean knotting cord, in 1.5mm or 2mm, or a combination, 1 yard of each color
  6. fusible velcro

For this bracelet, I used a combination of 1.5mm and 2mm cord. As you may be able to tell from the photo above, the center green cord is 2mm and the light and dark blue ones are 1.5mm, slightly thinner. It worked out well, even though I was kind of skeptical at first.

Decide what you want your pattern to be. I chose a green center with light blue and dark blue on the outsides. I thought it looked suitably preppy for what is sort of a preppy-type knot.

knotbracelet2You want to choose your pattern first, but you won’t worry about keeping it in this order until you’ve got your knot completed.

Find the center of your cords, making sure that they are all stacked evenly (that is, you don’t have one cord that’s shorter than the others on one end and longer on the other).

knotbracelet3Step 1: Time to start knotting! Keeping the center of your cords at the top, take the left-hand cords and bring the ends up and over, laying them on top of themselves higher up. You are essentially making a loop with the left cords.

knotbracelet4Step 2: Now, bring the right hand cords behind that loop.

knotbracelet5Step 3: Bring the ends of the right hand cords up and over the ends of the left hand cords, laying them on top.

knotbracelet6Step 4: You’ll notice you have a loop at the top, the center of which should be the center of your cords (it’s not that important at this point that it be perfectly centered, but I wanted you to know how to identify this loop). You will now bring the ends of the right-hand cords (that you just bent up over the left cords) under the first side (left) of this loop. Don’t worry, you’re almost there!

knotbracelet7Step 5: Here’s the trickiest part, but you are almost done. Looking at the photo above, you’ll see there’s another loop right below the cords you are working with. This is the initial loop that you made on the left side. Feed the ends of the right cords over the top of that loop. (See below.) After you feed it over the top of that loop, go back under the right side of the top loop, the “center of the cords loop,” if you will.


Step 6: Last knotting step! Bring the cords you have been working with up and through the loop you originally created with the left-hand cords. You are essentially bringing it up and over the right side of this loop. You’ll see that your knot is complete with this last step.

knotbracelet9If this seems a tad confusing, check this diagram for steps 5 and 6:


Bring the working cords (in right hand) along the path of the red arrows.

Phew! Done knotting. You’ll want to tighten the knot up a bit, but not too much.

This looks a mess. It’s time to fix up your cords so they follow your original pattern idea. It’s easiest to do this step by step, following the line of the knot. So pick a part of the knot to start on, and begin forming the strings into the pattern.

knotbracelet10You’ll see I started with the cords that come out of the right side of the knot. Continue to straighten them, following the cords along through the knot. Here, I’ve straightened them past the first left-hand loop.

knotbracelet11A little more straightening…

knotbracelet12And a bit more, and we’re done! Time to tighten up the knot properly.

knotbracelet13Tighten up the knot by pulling gently from the inside of the knot out. Don’t simply pull on the ends, or you’ll undo all your good work. Start with a section towards the middle and tighten that area, and move outward pulling up slack until you get to the outside of the knot. You’ll have to fiddle with it a bit, because you don’t want to pull it so tightly that the pattern gets distorted.

knotbracelet14Lovely! Next, we need to stiffen up the knot so that it keeps this great knot and pattern. For that, we use fabric stiffener and a brush. Simply brush a generous amount of fabric stiffener onto the knot, coating both sides and letting the stiffener soak in.

knotbracelet15Following the directions on your fabric stiffener, let this knot dry. You’re going to need the knot to conform to your wrist, though, so you’ll want to dry it in a curved position. I used the binder clips to set my knot up with a slight curve to it. Clip the edges of the knot so that the cords don’t get kinked.

knotbracelet16Then bend the knot into a curve that will conform to your wrist (it doesn’t have to be exact).

knotbracelet17Once it’s dry, you’ll add the backing to the free-hanging cords to create the band of your bracelet. Cut two pieces of 3/8″ ribbon to about 8″ each. Using your fabric glue, glue the cords in their pattern to the ribbon, extending the ribbon a little bit into the knot, but not so much that the ribbon shows through the holes in the knot. The idea here is to hide completely the ribbon that is holding the cords in place.


Let the fabric glue dry with the bracelet shaped into a curved position as it will be on your arm.

knotbracelet18Once everything is dry, you can cut your bracelet to the proper length, making sure to leave about 2″ for the overlapping clasp. You can add a little fabric glue to the ends to prevent fraying. To create a clasp, add some fusible velcro to the band.


Make sure you actually put it on to measure where you want the ends to overlap, and make sure you are putting the velcro on the proper sides of the band.

knotbracelet21 All done! Wear it with pride. And jeans.