Do you have a boring but otherwise good pair of penny loafers collecting dust in your closet? I did.
I got a pair crazy cheap at a thrift store, loved the fit and the style, but let’s be honest… When I’m making myself shoes like this plain ol’ suede loafers are kind of boring in comparison.
So, with an investment of less than a dollar, I was able to quickly revamp my shoes. And guess what. I couldn’t wait to wear them. In face I trotted all over the place in these suckers. So dust of those old loafers and let’s get on it!
For this DIY you will need:
- Felt in a pattern you love (less than $1 at hobby stores)
- Fabric glue
- Scrap Paper
STEP 1: Draw the shape of your shoe the best you can onto a piece of scrap paper. Cut it out and see how well it fits. Trace the shape onto the paper again, making adjustments as needed (a little wider at the top, too long, etc.) until you get the shape just right. It might bbe easiest, as it was in my case, to make two templates one for near the toe and one at the top. It’s also a bit easier if you extend the template over the top and trim the excess later.
STEP 2: When you are happy with the shape, trace your paper template onto the backside (wrong side) of your felt. Cut your pieces out and give them a quick test drive and make sure that you are happy with the fit in teh space you have to fill.
STEP 3: Apply a small amount of fabric glue onto your shoe and press your felt to stick. Hold for a second to make sure that it adheres well. Apply a bit more in any areas around the edge where the stick doesn’t take.
STEP 4: After you’ve allowed the shoes to dry completely, trim up the area at the tops where your pattern caused overlap. Take it slowly because it’s easy to either cut your shoe or miscut your felt. Patience will reward you with awesome results!
The last pic in the spread above has the left shoe untrimmed and the right shoe ready to kick it!
That’s all for this Shoesday. Still at my grandmother’s house having an awesome time and totally not looking forward to the half a day trip in the car to get back home tomorrow!Written by Allison Murray - Visit Website