Shoe Redo: Rickrack Posies (Reupholstering your shoes)

May 11, 2010

I love this. It's like a furniture makeover for your feet.

And I don't know why but I've been into the combination of denim and red. I think there's a couple different ways this could have been done. This is what I came up with in the few short hours I had to myself last afternoon.

I think you will like this because I describe how to recover a shoe with a little fabric and a little Mod Podge. IMAGINE the possibilities. I have about two more just sitting on the bench.

Fabric (enough to cover your shoes)
Mod Podge
Any embellishments (buttons, ribbons)
Brush for glue
Razor blade or exacto knife
Hot glue

Step 1: Cover your shoe and cut your fabric. Cover the shoe with more than enough fabric because as you stretch the fabric over the shoe it will shift in directions.

I would recommend cutting as wide as it is long and vice versa (not like I did:)

Step 2: Cover the top of your shoe with mod podge.

Step 3: Cover the glue with your fabric. Stretch the fabric around the toe and rounded corners so that the fabric is as flat and wrinkle free as you can get it.

Step 4: Continue down the shoe the way you had in step 3.

Step 5. When you reach near the heel, make a cut up the middle and then trim around to make a circle that is 1/2" away from the inside of the shoe.

Step 6: Fold one side of the fabric over the middle of the heel.

Step 7: On the other side of the heel, coat with glue on the wrong side of the fabric.

Step 8: Fold over 1/4"

Step 9: And glue down.

Step 10: Make cuts in the extra fabric in the inside of the shoe.

Step 11: Use hot glue to glue the fabric to the inside of the shoe.

Step 12: Using your razor blade cut the fabric as close as you can to the sole.

Step 13: Add your embellishments with the hot glue gun. I want to add that when you cover the entire shoe with modpodge in the end, everything will become darker so choose colors that are a bit brighter that you want the end result to be. Imagine what the material would look like if you soaked it in water. That's what it will look like permanently.

Step 14: Apply Mod Podge to entire shoe and let dry for 24 hours.

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13 {comments}:

Aisling said... Best Blogger Tips

I really love this and will definitely try it out. Love the blog!

BogDon said... Best Blogger Tips

I left my phone at home. Check your email. Love, BogDon

Miss Prickly said... Best Blogger Tips

Mod Podge is the best stuff on earth. I would've never thought of using it on shoes. Thanks!

Unknown said... Best Blogger Tips

I love this tutorial. I also love mod podge too!

SA said... Best Blogger Tips

Brilliant.Could you tell us which type of mod podge you recommend for this project? I had never even heard of the stuff but googled it and came across many varieties of it.

Grosgrain said... Best Blogger Tips

I would recommend using the 'outdoor' modpodge. It's best for wet weather, which is inevitable.

Ruhammie said... Best Blogger Tips

These look really cute! My problem is that I don't have enough shoes...I need to buy some inexpensive ones to "redo". :)

kristiyana shinta said... Best Blogger Tips

good job,,
i wanna try to make it :)
wish me luck. :)

Unknown said... Best Blogger Tips

LOVE. I reposted on my Mod Podge Rocks! Facebook page. :D

Teresa aka Tess said... Best Blogger Tips

Wonderful idea and I love that you used denim.

hope said... Best Blogger Tips

i am truly amazed!

Yannie said... Best Blogger Tips

I have an old pair of red shoe and I'm planning to throw it since the cover was already ruined. Then you gave me idea on how i can renew it. It's a great tips.

by the way, did you also cover the sole with fabric? i'm just wondering

Unknown said... Best Blogger Tips

I absolutely love your blog!
I have finally used your brilliant tutorial to do my own little shoe redo, and thought you might like to have a look.

If so, they are on my fairly new blog:

I hope you like them.
Thank you for finding the time to be so inspirational!

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