Next week is our Party with a Purpose but this week is the prep.
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.
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.
I have already made multiple patterns in stiff board and plastic from the prototype sent with the “Shoe Cutting Party” kit.
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.
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.
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?