Behold! My beautiful new shoes. Well, not quite new. These used to be a grubby old pair of shoes. But after a bit of cutting and the wonder that is mod podge I recovered them in my favourite jungle-print fabric. Pretty nifty, right?
Now, I can’t be sure these bad boys will stand the test of time. Or even be sure that they’re water-tight. But after an hour of cutting and stick I have a new pair of shoes and the chance to feel like Geppetto in a shoe workshop.
I’m even tempted to try this on a few other neglected shoes. Leaning towards a lovely Liberty print, or a vintage floral… or is that just crazy talk? What fabric would you go for?
How to restyle your shows by covering them with fabric
You will need:
- fabric – I used a medium-heavy cotton
- mod podge outdoor
- scissors, brush
1. Start by deciding how you want your fabric to look like on the shoe – straight, matching on both shoes, diagonal? I liked the purple frond in this fabric so I wanted that to be at the toe of both shoes.
2. Once you’ve decided how you want your fabric to be on the shoe, cut a large rectangle of fabric. It should be about 3x as wide as the toe of your shoe and a bit longer (about 3 cm / 1 inch) at the front and back.
3. Starting at the front of your shoe, brush or sponge on a generous ammount of mod podge on the toe section. Line up your fabric so it’s centred and press it into the mod podge. Spend some time smoothing out the fabric and making sure it’s stuck down.
4. Once the front of the shoe is securely glued down, cut a slit down the middle. This will help give the edges a neater look in the next step.
5. Trim the inner section of fabric so it’s about 1 – 2 cm (5/8 inch) from the edge of the shoe. Every 2 cm (6/8 inch) cut a notch into the fabric and glue this down. The slit you cut in the previous step should help you manoeuvre around. These notches helps curve the fabric round the shoe on the inside and give your edges a nice neat look.
6. When you reach the back of the shoe cut the fabric so that you have a straight line going up the back of the shoe.
7. Overlap one side of fabric over the other to give it a neat line.
8. Cut away excess fabric with scissors and trim with a stanly/exacto knife.