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This is a badge bit (BB) that is part of the PEP curriculum.  Completing this BB is part of getting the Straw Badge in Textiles.

For this BB, you will make a sewn repair to mend a hole or broken stitching on the upper part of leather shoes or sandals. The goal is to display your skills at repairing leather in a way that can hold up to being footwear.  

Related Articles:

Repairing Shoes: A Stitch in Time
DIY Hand-Stitching Shoe Repair
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How To Make Stitching Awl & Shoes Repair |DIY


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You might find the saddle stitch useful, as it requires just an awl and two needles:


To complete this BB, the minimum requirements are:
- Mend a hole or broken in the upper part of leather shoes, boots, or sandals
- Use a sewn mending technique, not glues or goo

To document your completion of the BB, provide proof of the following as pictures or a video (less than two minutes):
- Show the shoe or sandal in need of repair
- Describe how you will repair it
- Show the tools and materials you will use
- Show the repair in progress
- Show you mended shoes or sandals, now ready to wear


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My nice Softstar Merry Jane shoes had come unstitched! So, I stopped by the local craft store and bought the only awl and leather working needles they had, and got to work!

This is my first time ever sewing leather! I used the saddle stitch method shown in the first post of this thread.

Now for pictures!
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Both shoes came unstitched at the toes
Both shoes came unstitched at the toes
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One shoe mended, and starting on the second
One shoe mended, and starting on the second
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Two shoes finished!
Two shoes finished!
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underside of the mended shoes (one needed a lot more mending than the other)
underside of the mended shoes (one needed a lot more mending than the other)
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jordan barton approved this submission. Note: great Job!

 
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I see a new 'approved' sign! Great! Will they all be like that from now on?
 
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That's what we're working on, Inge! And, eventually, the badges in you signature will link the post where you earned that badge! And, hopefully soon we'll have it so anyone who has earned a Sand badge can approve sand BBs in that field!
 
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One of my growing-up experiences: I used to get my father to stitch my moccasins when they came undone. One day I asked him to sew one up. He said,”Do it yourself. You know how to use an awl.”
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