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.
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.
For this project you will need:
- White sneakers
- Red fabric paint
- Red fabric marker (optional)
- Sanding block
- Scissors/craft knife
- Blue/star fabric
- Fabric glue
First take a marker or pencil and sketch out lines on one side of one shoe.
Use your finished side as a template to create similarly sized lines on your other shoe and other sides.
Fill in the lines with red paint and allow to completely dry.
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.
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.
Apply your fabric piece and push down. Allow to completely dry.
Trim away the excess fabric as cleanly as you can from around the tongue of the shoe.
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.
Clothespins or alligator clips will help to keep the tongue in place as the shoes dry.
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.
Using scissors follow the fold you created when pushing the heels down.
A craft knife will finish up the job.
To age your sneakers (hence the Old Glory reference!) snip away parts of the canvas here and there, especially along the edges.
Use a sanding block to rub away at your cuts and your paint to help smudge everything up and fray the cut areas out.
Now aren’t these DIY Patriotic sneakers the bees knees? I’m sure my sister will get a kick out of them :)