I’ve had this pair of flats in my closet forever. They’re really too narrow for my feet and the animal print, while perfectly fine does not really suit my coloring. So, they’ve been stuck in the closet. In trying to figure out a way to save them, I came across the idea of using Mod Podge to cover your shoes. Of course! I remember my Mom doing just that to a legion of shoes for a church choir program circa 1992 in no less than mauve moire (eek!).
Blue Twill Shoes Refashion
I pulled out some blue twill leftover from this jacket and a bottle of Mod Podge and went to town. What I didn’t know is that regular Mod Podge dries quite hard on fabric–stiff and scratchy. Unpleasant. I thought to take some sandpaper to it and the sandpaper smoothed it out straight away. Apparently there is fabric Mod Podge too–I wonder if it has more flexibility after it’s dried.
Then while flipping through Indygo Junction’s Fabric Flowers, I came across this picture:
This was a perfect way to embellish the shoes. I love piping so much!
The fabric flower was rather straightforward–just piping rolled in on itself stitching on the way by hand with a running stitch. I covered the bottoms with felt and glued them on the shoes (after a curved needle failed to pierce through the shoe) with E6000.
The shoes still pinch my feet, but they’re cute enough now, I’m willing to suffer for an hour or two at a time on nonconsecutive Tuesdays for a song and a good cup of tea.