Thursday, October 20, 2011

loop di loop tutorial

I realize this is probably nothing new
moms have been making pretend shoes to teach the tying technique since shoelaces were invented
but, this is my version
Princess Eden has been asking me to teach her to tie laces for a long time.
Know what I discovered?
My kids all needed help in this area....something about living on an Island and wearing flip-flops or barefoot in' every day kinda put us behind.  
Who would have thought?
Princess Moriah can tie a dress bow (behind her back) as pretty as you please...but not her "tennies".

I started with a wooden board and had a willing little helper paint it her favorite color
I cut out a shape that vaguely resembled a shoe
oh...and the hole at the top
I used scrapbook paper that had a print and some cute vintage sayings
good ol' modge podge, where would I be without you?
a layer under neath and a layer on top
used the {scary} staple gun to hold my lace in place 
"hey, mom, that rhymed!"

cute rhyme for tying shoes
A Indian made a teepee (pull lace up and cross one under the other) 
and it collapsed! (pull first "knot" down). 
So he started another, (make first loop for bow) 
and he took this string and went around it, (wrap other lace around loop) 
and went inside, (push lace under new loop) 
and there he had it! Two Tents! (pull loops for bow) .

"loop di loop
and tie them up
tighten it
and then get up"

Have a lovely day,

count your blessing
#37 the feeling after the end of school time
#38 cold cup of water
#39 baby scented wet wipes


Unknown said...

Well I for one have never seen a practice show tying board before so this was new to me!! Very cute idea, one (another one...) I'm filing away to do in the future. And your girls are not the only ones who need help with shoe ties... we live in the velcro age! I know 10 yr. olds who don't know how to tie shoes without taking 15 minutes!

AND I can't believe I won!!! I never win things!!! So exciting!!!!! Take your time about mailing; I'm enjoying the fact that I won! Woo-hoo!

Vicky @ Mess For Less said...

This is so clever! I have never seen a tutorial for this before. I am pinning this! I am a new follower from the Embellishing Life Hop. Vicky from

Andie Jaye said...

perfect! this is a great tutorial on how to do this! it was one of my most clicked links at last week's tip-toe thru tuesday so it'll be featured tomorrow!

Jen said...

What a cute idea. My 5 year old son is struggling with learning to tie his shoes.

Kimberly T. said...

I need to do this. I have three 6 yr. olds who need to learn to tie badly. The only other problem I have is teaching my lefty how to tie when neither my husband or I am left handed. :)

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