Old Glory Inspired Patriotic Sneakers

July 2, 2016Allison Murray
These slip on DIY sneakers are inspired by Old Glory herself! Make some patriotic sneakers that will be perfect for Independence Day and all summer long!

These slip on DIY sneakers are inspired by Old Glory herself! Make some patriotic sneakers that will be perfect for Independence Day and all summer long!

If you’ve been hanging out around here for a while you know that shoe makeovers used to be a big thing of mine. I’m not sure why I kind of phased out of doing them but I have a tendency to do everything in phases.

I’ll be nuts for hot dogs for, like, 2 weeks and then I won’t want another one for months. I mean, I’ll literally eat a hot dog for at least one meal a day. Or I’ll go to bed with a pint of ice cream every single night for a month. It’s not just food, it’s also crafting. I’ll embroider anything that will sit still long enough or I’ll crochet and crochet until my hands hurt.

These slip on DIY sneakers are inspired by Old Glory herself! Make some patriotic sneakers that will be perfect for Independence Day and all summer long!

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While I’m not back into a shoe crafting phase, per se, I do have a few pairs of sneakers I’ve been knocking out. These are the first I’ll be sharing and they are perfect for the coming holiday. I meant to share them earlier but life has been crazy and I’ve been crazy, too :)

Hopefully you’ll have enough time with the weekend here to make your own, or perhaps you can pin this project for next year. Excuse me, save this project for next year. Apparently we don’t pin things on Pinterest anymore, but instead save them. Why in the world do the weirdest little things change? Hmmm.

These slip on DIY sneakers are inspired by Old Glory herself! Make some patriotic sneakers that will be perfect for Independence Day and all summer long!

For this project you will need:

These slip on DIY sneakers are inspired by Old Glory herself! Make some patriotic sneakers that will be perfect for Independence Day and all summer long!

First take a marker or pencil and sketch out lines on one side of one shoe.

These slip on DIY sneakers are inspired by Old Glory herself! Make some patriotic sneakers that will be perfect for Independence Day and all summer long!

Use your finished side as a template to create similarly sized lines on your other shoe and other sides.

These slip on DIY sneakers are inspired by Old Glory herself! Make some patriotic sneakers that will be perfect for Independence Day and all summer long!

Fill in the lines with red paint and allow to completely dry.

These slip on DIY sneakers are inspired by Old Glory herself! Make some patriotic sneakers that will be perfect for Independence Day and all summer long!

Now I used a bandanna because it was only a buck and I wanted a distressed look to my fabric making this one perfect! Cut out a piece of fabric that is at least the same size as the tongue of your shoe.

These slip on DIY sneakers are inspired by Old Glory herself! Make some patriotic sneakers that will be perfect for Independence Day and all summer long!

Apply a healthy amount of glue to the tongue and use a skewer or something similar to push it around to all parts of the tongue, taking special care around the edges.

These slip on DIY sneakers are inspired by Old Glory herself! Make some patriotic sneakers that will be perfect for Independence Day and all summer long!

Apply your fabric piece and push down. Allow to completely dry.

These slip on DIY sneakers are inspired by Old Glory herself! Make some patriotic sneakers that will be perfect for Independence Day and all summer long!

Trim away the excess fabric as cleanly as you can from around the tongue of the shoe.

These slip on DIY sneakers are inspired by Old Glory herself! Make some patriotic sneakers that will be perfect for Independence Day and all summer long!

Apply a healthy amount of e6000 adhesive to the sides of the tongue of the shoe. Place the shoe onto your foot and make sure that the fit is comfortable wherever you glue the tongue to the insides of the shoe.

These slip on DIY sneakers are inspired by Old Glory herself! Make some patriotic sneakers that will be perfect for Independence Day and all summer long!

Clothespins or alligator clips will help to keep the tongue in place as the shoes dry.

These slip on DIY sneakers are inspired by Old Glory herself! Make some patriotic sneakers that will be perfect for Independence Day and all summer long!

Now I started out making these for myself but then I planned on giving them to my sister and she always pushes the heels down on her shoes. I thought it might be neat to turn the sneakers into mules for her. I also didn’t plan well when gluing the tongue down so the left shoe was easy to put on and remove but the right shoe I made waaay too tight.

These slip on DIY sneakers are inspired by Old Glory herself! Make some patriotic sneakers that will be perfect for Independence Day and all summer long!

Using scissors follow the fold you created when pushing the heels down.

These slip on DIY sneakers are inspired by Old Glory herself! Make some patriotic sneakers that will be perfect for Independence Day and all summer long!

A craft knife will finish up the job.

These slip on DIY sneakers are inspired by Old Glory herself! Make some patriotic sneakers that will be perfect for Independence Day and all summer long!

To age your sneakers (hence the Old Glory reference!) snip away parts of the canvas here and there, especially along the edges.

These slip on DIY sneakers are inspired by Old Glory herself! Make some patriotic sneakers that will be perfect for Independence Day and all summer long!

Use a sanding block to rub away at your cuts and your paint to help smudge everything up and fray the cut areas out.

These slip on DIY sneakers are inspired by Old Glory herself! Make some patriotic sneakers that will be perfect for Independence Day and all summer long!

Now aren’t these DIY Patriotic sneakers the bees knees? I’m sure my sister will get a kick out of them :)

These slip on DIY sneakers are inspired by Old Glory herself! Make some patriotic sneakers that will be perfect for Independence Day and all summer long!

Comments (1)

  • Mike

    July 5, 2016 at 9:50 PM

    I’ve always loved your shoe makeovers Allison. You are so creative with them and your ability to transform plain ordinary shoes is unparalleled. Like these here are wonderfully done and they really help get you into the spirit of the 4th. :) A job well done, as always!

    And I’m like that too concerning food. Though I’m not much of a hotdog fan, and ice cream for me is pretty much a no-no (unless I eat it in very small amounts), I am like this with pizza and burgers. Like I could eat pizza every day for a week and then won’t want it again for months after. Though I don’t think that this is so much a pattern for me, it’s more like whatever I feel like eating at the time. And while I try to maintain a healthy diet, sometimes I just have to binge eat burgers and fries like crazy to fill my desire for junk food, at least for a little while anyway!

    And though I’m late in saying this, Happy Independence Day!!!

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