Monday, August 22, 2011

Repurposed heels

I was looking through pictures and I had forgotten I had made these shoes....
well, repurposed, that is, with mod podge and fabric.

I decided I wanted to do it again because it was fun and simple (and CHEAP... these shoes cost me $1.50 at Goodwill), so I thought, why not share the idea with other people cause they might want to do it themselves too.
I did not think of the idea on my own and found it on a blog a long time ago.  I don't remember which one I found it on, but here's one that explains the same idea.

Basically, you just measure the fabric around the shape of the shoe (draping it over the top) and giving yourself some extra fabric to work with. 
After I cut out the fabric it looked something like this
Then I cut a slit in the fabric that went from where the heel of the shoe was to about an 1" before the toe starts.  So it looked something like this
I made sure the fabric fit still and then, using a sponge paint brush, applied some mod podge on the shoe in sections.  I started at the toe section, worked up one side, then the other side, then I did the heel... making sure the fabric stayed flat.  It was a pretty quick process.

I had to cut some slits in the fabric to work around curves in the shoe (like this)
(the red lines are the slits... haha)

I didn't cut the fabric at the bottom of shoe until it was all dry.  When it was all dry, I used an exacto knife to get a clean cut.

The last step I did was put mod podge on all the fabric... this part I think is optional and probably wont do it the next time.  It made the outside of the shoe stiff  (not too bad though) and left brush strokes on the shoe (though you can only see them in the right light). 
The part I definitely wont do next time is cover the fabric that hung over on the inside of shoe with mod podge....that really hurt my foot, since it got so stiff.  I made these shoes to wear to a wedding and thought standing in those shoes all day might actually cut my feet so I added ribbon along the inside of the shoe to cover that fabric and that totally helped.  I just added the ribbon with hot glue. 

This might sound like a lot, but the process was actually pretty simple.  I'll let you know how the next shoes go, if you're interested.


  1. Those turned out SUPER cute! Maybe I'll have to try some.

  2. I am definitely going to try this out...Thanks!! :)

  3. WoW! You're really creative, Emily! I definitely didn't get the crafting gene. If you get the crafting bug again, you should check out my sis-in-law's blog for ideas (Just Sew Sassy and it's on my blog list). She does a lot of crafts and has an at-home sewing business.

  4. Oh my gosh that is so awesome. I had a couple bad modge podge experiences in the past so I haven't really used it since but this makes me want to try again! To answer your question, I think the triathalon helped me lose some weight. I've always been comfortable with my body but hey it's never a bad thing to lose a bit of weight right?! Copy that outfit away my friend. I'd love to see a pic of the outfit you come up with too!

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It's the cool thing to do.