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Friday, September 16, 2011


Hello, everyone!!!  I hope all's well, and that every one is happy!

Well, I'm presenting this also as my monthly DT project over at Pam's today.  And I am so thankful I fianlly did figure out something to do to have to share!!!  LOL!!!  My mind was at an absolute blank all day yesterday, and it wasn't looking very good!!!

Well there it was 5:11 p.m. last evening (Thursday), and I was just sitting with my elbows on my knees, my face in my hands, looking down at the floor while thinking of a project to do for today.  I don't  know how long I sat there, but...all of sudden there it was!!!  My project was staring me right in the face!!!  So, do I have your attention as to what I saw?!!!  LOL!  Well, first let me show you my project:

Aren't these just the cutest little ballet shoe treat boxes?  Here they are without the footies:

And here's what I saw that was my inspiration for these adorable "ballet shoe" treat boxes:

That's right!  Right there on my own feet!!!  I have about 4 pair of ballet shoes in different colors because they're comfortable and I practically live in them for leisure wear during the summer!  I won't pull them all out but, see, here's another pair:

Excited over the idea, off I ran to put together these little sweeties that I'm sharing with you today and, of course, showing you how I made them.  For each shoe, I used a 12"x12" sheet of cardstock.  First, I figured out a pattern and drew a really quick cut.file:

I cut out my 2 pattern pieces; the upper shoe and the sole.  The pattern pieces looked like this:

The widest round end of the shoe's sole is the "TOE" of the shoe; the narrowest round end is the "HEEL" of the shoe:

Aren't those the funniest looking tabs on the sole of the shoe pattern that you've ever seen?!  LOL!  I made them round for fun... but mainly because it was fast; however funny, you have to admit they did turn out the cutest little box!!! 

Anyway, I began by first turning up all the little round tabs on the sole, then after locating the middle tab at the "TOE" of the sole I grabbed the upper shoe, found the middle on the top shoe side of it  (the closed end), and glued the 2 middle pieces together:

Then it then looked like this:

Next, starting on one side and, very carefully aligning the edge of the sole to the edge of the upper shoe, I counted out 7 tabs and glued the sole and upper shoe pieces together.  I DO NOT GLUE FURTHER THAN 7 TABS ON EITHER SIDE OF THE SHOE AT THIS TIMENext, I counted out 7 tabs on the other side and aligned, then glued the sole and upper shoe pieces together on that side.  This is what my shoe looked like after I'd glued both side pieces together:

Now, from either side (doesn't matter which),  I glued down the back end of the upper shoe to the remaining tabs on the sole but only up to the  middle back tab on the sole, and then I cut off the excess paper; like this:

I then glued the other side of the upper shoe to the last remaining tabs on the sole, then attached the remaining upper shoe end to the upper shoe end on the opposite side making certain to aligned them evenly down the middle (to assure the glued seam down the middle back of the shoe is even and straight); then I cut off the excess paper down the middle of the seam:

Lastly, to cover the unsightly tabs on the inside of the shoe, I cut off  a 9" strip of ribbon, (or you can use a strip of decorative paper); I doubled it, held it together by holding the open ends together between my thumb and forefinger then inserted the closed end of the ribbon into the back of the shoe.  Once in place I glued it to secure it in place: 

And here's the ballet shoe treat box!  

For a pair of shoes, just repeat the procedure to do another shoe!  It's really easy-peasy -- you're really just wrapping and gluing!!!  Now all that's left is decorating and embelling it!!!

A helpful suggestion is to use your glue gun for this project -- you'll get instant gratification! You won't have to hold the pieces together or clamp them until they dry enough to adhere before moving on!  Any hot glue "strings" can be easily removed by just pulling them away once the glue is dy and your shoe is together.

In my project picture at the beginning of this post, I added a pair of ladies footies; however, this little box can be used for soooo many things!!! Let your imagination soar!!!  Try pretty little packaged foot baths, tea bag samplers, babies booties, etc.  Here are examples using toiletries and candy:

I have made available the cut.file (made using the George cartridge) at the bottom of this post.

PLEASE NOTE: Because I did the cut.file on a rush basis to get my project/tutorial completed, this cut.file will only be available for several days.  I will be removing it to make an adjustment/correction to it.  Fortunately, the available file will make the shoe treat boxes; however, as you've seen in the tutorial, you will have to cut them to size in the back of the box, and I want to adjust/correct the file for a more perfect fit.  Unfortunately, I didn't have the time to figure that out in time to complete this project and tutorial -- I went with what I had.  As I may not do this immediately, I am making my file available to you now with the understanding that you will have to cut to adjust the back of the box as shown.  But, I will also let you know when the correction to the file has been made.  Normally I make my cut.files for my own use, and I'm not a professional, so even though I have no problem sharing them, they may not be very pretty to look at at any time!  LOL!!!

This file can be converted to a gypsy cut.file and, if you need assistance doing that, please post me a comment.
I hope everyone enjoyed my project today, and thank you so very much for stopping by!  I appreciate you taking the time to join me!

I'll be seeing you!

my ballet treat box shoes.cut


McVic said...

oh these are super cute!!!

mforquer said...

Oh my gosh - SO SO SO super adorable!! I love them and the white with the pink bow and the inner liner is just perfect!

Sheila aka SassyLady said...

Audrey this project is just adorable. I love that you can fill those little slippers with just about any type of little gift and they look great. TFS

Rhonda Emery said...

these are so adorable great treat boxes.

Jean said...

These are adorable!!

Mary said...

Wow Audrey these are super cute! Thanks for sharing and have a great week end! hugs, Mary

Pam said...

Audrey your talent amazes me. These are so so cute. TFS.

Patti J said...

Cute, Audrey! I don't have any cutting machines, so I will just enjoy your ballet slippers! Beautifully done, my friend, and the bling is the perfect finishing touch! Hugs!

shari said...

Audrey, You amaze me! I can't even figure out how to download a file, let alone cut one. HA! I'm technically challenged. Your project is so cute, thanks for sharing. Shari (cricutrookie)

Carol's Ink Spot said...

Those little ballet shoes are SO ADORABLY CUTE! I too do not have a cutting machine. But thanks for showing how you made them. And your could use these in Christmas colors or pattern paper as ornaments!

Staying Crafty said...

What fun! Great place to find inspiration :) Sometimes the every day things right in front of us can truly become inspiring with the right eye.

Gail said...

that is amazing Audrey

Dawnll - Dawn's Craft Place said...

Oh Audrey these are adorable as can be-the socks looked cute in there. Can't believe you looked down at your own feet as inspiration.
Thanks for sharing.
I am always meaning to ask you how to convert files to the gypsy? I am sure you are the person to ask.

Monique Barr said...

WOW, How do you do it. I love this post

Barb's Boys Inspired said...

Very sweet!

Sherrie K. said...

A M A Z I N G!!!!! I LOVE this...these are the cutest ballet slippers ever:) Love the idea~perfect for a baby shower. They would defiantly be the topic of conversation,ha? TFS! You did an amazing job!
Sherrie K

Sandi Cl~ said...

Audrey, your talent never ceases to amaze me! You have a real God-given talent, girlfriend! These are just the cutest ever!

Cricut Couple said...

Well, you did it again. I am absolutely speechless! Hmmm.. They are so cool, I got nothin'. Love 'em!

Peggy T. said...

Audrey, you are so creative. You amaze me. I love these little shoes. FANTASTIC JOB!!!!

cricaholic said...

IF THE SHOE FITS!!! ah, I mean slipper...LOL!
These are SUPER FANTASTIC!!! Your tutorial is great. I can't wait to make a pair!! TFS

lovemypaper said...

So super cute tfs!

jant3235 said...

Very cute ballet slippers. Thanks for sharing.

Creative Hayes Creations said...

Really cute..and oh the possibilities using color paper and prints. I've been on a shoe kick myself this week, you have to check out my blog. That said thanks for the tut i have a shoe similar and this will help me be able to put it together,lol.

DonnaMundinger said...

OMG!!! These are sooo SWEET! I adore shoes of all kinds. What an adorable idea, girlfriend! xxD

Angi @ CokiePop said...

EEEK...This is so fabulous Audrey. You are always so crafty and clever. Your ideas are wonderful. This would be great to give out as a gift. Hope you are having a fabulous weekend. :)

Marita ♫♫♫ said...

Just adorable♥. Thanks for sharing:)

Hugs Marita

abusybee - DoubleClick Connections said...

Wow! These are sooo super adorable!

Lisa said...

Oh my goodness Audrey, how do you come up with these ideas? Even looking at my own feet, I don't think that would have popped into my mind. LOL They are absolutely adorable. Love them.

Sandy from Ukiah said...

Oh Audrey those are the cutest ever....I can't believe how talented you are...AND you always make it look so easy.. just way to cute.. You are amazing.. hugs from ukiah

lisa808 said...

These little ballet shoes are just darling! I'm amazed at how you so quickly 'whipped' out a pattern.
Crafty hugs, Lisa

"Um Buggin" said...

Audrey, girlfriend you have gone and done it again!! Now what a creative idea, just staring down at your feet, lol. I love these little ballet slippers, you are so very talented and creative, and these are just perfect for stuffing little gifts in. TFS!

Hugz, xx


Susan said...

Hi Audrey!

I left a comment earlier but just as I clicked the button to enter it my internet connection was lost. You see, I guess that happens when a teenage boy messes with a router, or something like that! I wanted to thank you for your prayers and encouragement. It sure was a big help in keeping me determind to finish my project and I am so thrilled I finished and entered it! {{Big Hugs}}

Now on to this adorable project of yours! I love the fact you saw inspiration by looking at your feet! Then you turned that into this amazing creation! Your talent never ceases to amaze me! I hope your having a great Sunday! ;)


Ladybug said...

How cute is that!!?!! You are amazing w/ what you come up w/, my dear friend!! :-)

ScrapCrazyyyy! said...

AMAZING!!! You are so talented! I love this project and I know a little girl that would to have these little shoes as a surprise one day. I might have to get my cricut out and make some of these. I will have to google how to make beautiful bows. Thank you for sharing your file with us!


Enfys said...

Hi Audrey,
Wow, wow and wow again. These are just fabulous. I love your creativity and the way your mind worked with this one!
big hugs
En xx

PinkBlingCrafter said...

WOW!!! Audrey just super adorable!! Thanks for the tutorial on them:)

Jani said...

These are so stinkin' cute! Great idea. I have made baby shoes like this, but these are even cuter.


Nicole said...

OMG!! This is too cute!!!

Brenda said...

You are amazing. Those are the cutest things I've seen for treat favors. How cute would these be for a princess party. LOVE it.
I would be honored if you came to see my blog here

Sandy Ang said...

so cute !

Kirsty Vittetoe said...

That is the cutest thing on earth!

The Archiving Angel said...

WOW, ABSOLUTELY fantastic!
You never cease to amaze me.

Denise Grant said...

Hi Audrey,
I am fairly new to crafting and have just found your site. These are fantastic! Do you think that you could please explain to me how to convert the file to a gypsy one. Cheers Denise from Australia

Audrey Frelx said...

Hi, Denise! To save this as a Gypsy file: Open the cut.file for this image; go up to "File" and click on "Save As". When the "Save As" box opens scroll to the bottom of the box and just above the "Save" and "Close" buttons you'll see a "Save as type" bar, click the down arrow to the right of the bar and double-click on "Gypsy". Now give your Gypsy file a new name of your choosing and save it where you desire. Hope this helps! Let me know.

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Unknown said...

these are so cute! But, I can't seem to get it to download as an svg file. Did I miss something or do something wrong?

Bobbi said...

Hi Audrey, these ballet slippers are the cutest things ever. I just don't know how to convert from a cut file to an svg file.
Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful talents with us.

Jason Wright said...

Thnks, for sharing this creative post .I make and use these shoes to decorate my home but I am not so talented as you .