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  Destiny zipper ruffles collage b and a resized

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As I mentioned last time, Destiny and I were headed to the sewing conference ETA-California this past weekend. And, of course, one of the things that's de rigeur is that we wear our own painted and/or embellished shoes. So we often find ourselves doing new designs just when we should be packing boxes….

What we were up to last week was embellishing some comfy strappy sandals  – it was going to be 85 degrees down in Southern California – that Destiny found at Payless. We both love to use zippers as embellishments, and recently I have been playing around with painting zipper tape with our luscious Lumiere colors.

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So… Destiny decided to take two lengths of black zipper tape, one with brass teeth and one with aluminum teeth, and use a grill sponge to dab on Super Copper on one side and Metallic Silver on the other.

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The idea was that I would do a running stitch along one edge and gather the zipper tapes into nice tight ruffles so that both colors of paint would show.  (I did a blog awhile back about how to do this — it is NOT hard and the results are cool.)

Destiny zipper ruffles after pair resized

After ruffling the zippers and tying knots so they wouldn't unruffle, I stitched them to the centerpieces on Destiny's sandals. As I stitched, I arranged the ruffles so they didn't spiral around and hide their glory.

The result? From Payless to Perfectly Comfy One-of-a-Kind Sandals suitable for a DIY shoe diva!

(For more pictures and ideas for using zipper ruffles, check out this post. To see the sandals I wore to the show, check out this post.)

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