I like sloppy houseslippers, but even for me, there’s a limit. I loved these suede mocs so much I bought two pair and wore them into . . . well, into this:
This pair is missing their laces (that would be Mona; she looks on suede laces as a particularly chewy form of spaghetti), they’re shapeless, they’re stained, they’re . . . comfy. Really, really comfy. So of course I decided to ReFab them.
IRISH ROSE REFABBED MOCS
Pair of disgusting black suede moccasins
1 ounce of bulky #5 Lion Brand Tweed yarn (or whatever yarn you want to use)
Tacky Glue, Elmer’s Glue or Fray Chek
Goop Craft Glue
1. Give your mocs a good brush and clean. I used a nail brush to get the worst of the dirt off and then followed that with a vinegar and water scrub with a paper towel.
2. Tighten the fit with new laces. The old ones were long gone, so I chained a length of Lion Brand Tweed using a G/4.5 hook (about 20″, your mocs may vary) and pulled it through the existing holes on the sides of the mocs with a small steel crochet hook. Then I tried the mocs on, pulled the laces tight, tied them in a bow, put a squirt of Goop on them to keep them from coming untied, and trimmed the ends. Mona will have to chew through the glue. (Note: if you don’t crochet or just don’t want to crochet chains, use ribbon.)
3. Crochet Irish roses to cover the toes. I’ll post instructions for making Irish Roses tomorrow. [Note: If you don’t crochet or don’t want to crochet Irish roses, find some nice fabric flowers at the craft store, and skip to the gluing part.
4. Glue finished roses onto toes of moccasin with Goop. (You can sew them on, too, if whatever you’re sewing them to takes a needle easily. I wasn’t up to pushing a yarn needle through leather, so Goop.)
ReFabbed Mocs: Because it’s easier to crochet roses than it is to break in a good pair of slippers.