Cutting the Sole Hope Shoes

Next week is our Party with a Purpose but this week is the prep.

We'll be making size "Toddler 10" shoes from old jeans appropriate for boys or girls.
We’ll be making size “Toddler 10” shoes from old jeans appropriate for boys or girls.

In addition to making a menu, shopping for groceries,  and cleaning the house, I thought I should make a prototype or two so I would know how the project would go.

The heel caps can be cut from any flexible plastic -- milk bottles, placemats, file folders.
The heel caps can be cut from any flexible plastic — milk bottles, placemats, file folders.

We have saved a good number of gallon milk jugs from which the heel patch form is cut. The Cottage dweller is cutting all the heel patches — a minimum of 50 — that we will need for at least 25 pairs of shoes.

To prep the jeans I cut just below the pockets all around, then cut through the inseam.
To prep the jeans I cut just below the pockets all around, then cut through the inseam.

I have already made multiple patterns in stiff board and plastic from the prototype sent with the “Shoe Cutting Party” kit.

The pattern is traced onto the wrong side of the denim with a Sharpie marker.
The pattern is traced onto the wrong side of the denim with a Sharpie marker.

Then I traced onto the wrong side of some old jeans 4 heels, 4 vamps, and 2 heel caps. Since the jeans I used had holes in the knees and worn seats I could only layout one pair of shoes in each pair of jeans.  A good pair of jeans could probably accommodate 2 pairs of “Toddler 10” shoes.

The pieces for children's shoes are not difficult to cut with a good pair of fabric shears.
The pieces for children’s shoes are not difficult to cut with a good pair of fabric shears.

Ten jean pieces and 2 plastic pieces are pinned together to be sent to SoleHope where they will be shipped to Africa and sewn together with thick soles to create shoes.

Two pairs of shoes ready to pack.
Two pairs of shoes ready to pack.

A pair of shoes takes about 15 minutes to trace and cut.

Do you make advance preparations or wing it and hope for the best?

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Author: Jo

Welcome to The Glade, where the second generation of renovations has just begun and the mania about our home, music and other passions fill our days and nights. We’re Charlie and Jo in the music world; Mary Jo and Charles to family; and JoJo and Charlie to each other. We are renovating a midcentury house in a Victorian historic district where we want to live there the rest of our lives. It's a 1946 house located in Maryland. We were married in this house. Thus far (pre-blog) we refinished cabinets, added a window seat (still working on the cushion), rearranged a wall in the guest house due to sink/vanity replacement, planted a vegetable garden, and other quick and not-so-quick fixes. So this latest zeal for construction is the result of my having lived here since 1997 and feeling a need to ready the house for the next chapter and beyond.

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