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Friday, July 15, 2011

Green to Coral Shoe Makeover

My fabulous sister-in-law is taking our family pictures this weekend. I decided to go with coral, white and tan for our colors. We've always done blacks or browns so I'm excited for some bright new fun colors. I found our outfits easily, but was stuck when it came to finding shoes for myself. I have small feet (size 5) and it's difficult to find shoes that fit that aren't a fortune. If you know me you know that I have love shoes and would say that I have a slight obsession! To accommodate my obsession and thrifty living style I cannot pay more than $30 (if that much) for a pair of shoes...I just can't bring myself to it! So I've been on the lookout for some cute white or coral wedges to go with my outfit and kept coming up with nothing! I've seen a few people that do shoe embellishments, but I decided to do a total shoe makeover. I've been going through my stuff and have a pile of things that need to go to the DI (local thrift store). There on the top of my pile was this pair of green shoes that I got for $5 about five years ago. I loved the shape not necessarily the color, but I still got them. They have hardly been worn and were making their way to the DI until now. Also in my pile was an old swim suit and it had the perfect color of coral lining. Here's how it went.


Sorry I don't have more pictures! I really had no idea what I was doing or if it would even work and I was just going with it.
  1. Lay material over the area that will be covered and cut an approximate shape making sure to leave extra to tuck under to glue to the inside. I used modge podge and it worked fabulously!
  2. Start at one end putting glue just at the edge. Only put glue on the outside of the shoe when absolutely needed. 
  3. When wrapping the fabric to the inside cut little slits so the fabric doesn't bunch up and lays flat.
  4. When doing the heal I pealed back the liner (silver) on the inside bottom. Glue the material on and then glue the liner back in place. 
  5. Once the entire shoe was done I added the ribbon ruffle. I did a straight stitch with my sewing machine and then gathered the ribbon. Attach to shoe with hot glue or modge podge. Just a little note if you use modge podge you will need cloths pins or bag clips to hold it in place while it dries.

 What do you think? Not bad for some old stuff that was going to the DI right? I absolutely love how they turned out and they will work fabulously for our family pictures! I hope you enjoy! If you have any question please email me or leave a comment. I'd love to hear from you! Also if you haven't clicked on the side to follow me please do! Have a fabulous day!


Curtains in My Tree said...

How fun . good idea now are you going to wear them? LOL

I thought you were going to paint them while I was reading along

I painted a pair of shoes once

Grammy Goodwill said...

I can't believe how you redid those shoes. They look so good. How clever of you.

Chef in Training said...

wow! are you kidding me! I am so impressed! What a creative idea and you did a fabulous job! I found your blog through a link party and LOVE it! I am your newest follower and would love it if you would check out my blog and follow me too! Thanks!

Bethany @ A Fish Who Likes Flowers said...

Very cute transformation! I love the color of fabric you used. I've been wanting to do something like this to a pair of shoes, but I'm so picky about what goes on my feet that I haven't found the right pair of shoes yet.

Ashley J @ MommyByDayCrafterByNight said...

Marie- thanks for your comment on my blog today! Your blog is great! Cute transformation on the shoes! You rock! I am your most recent follower now!!! I will see ya around int he blogging world:)

Christa said...

You did a great job! I'm always scared to do projects like this.

I'm quite surprised that Mod Podge worked so well. I'm a little Mod Podge challenged; it never seems to do for me what it does for other people.

I don't think I would have thought of swimsuit material, either. You're brave - and very clever! :)

Amy said...

wow that is impressive. I was wondering how you got such perfectly matching shoes when I saw your pictures. Now I know!

When i was very young and dumb I had a navy blue pair of kids but i wanted white ones because that was the "popular" color. I decide to bleach my kids, they turned a yellowish white and fell apart because the bleach ruined the fibers. i haven't tried to change a shoe color since.

Mom Daughter Style said...

very creative! you're a professional crafter.

im your new follower. I saw your blog from a blog hop.

Camille said...

These are seriously amazing! I am so impressed with how you did this!! Now you have got me thinking about old shows that I have . . . :) Thanks for linking this up to our link party last week . . . we would love to have you stop by today and link up more of your great projects at Strut Your Stuff Saturday!
Camille @
PS I am your newest follower!

Maggie Lamarre said...

I'm very impressed w/the fabric covered shoes, are you going to add a linking to the inside so it doesn't fray?

I'm inviting you to join our linking party every Wednesday at
Have a fabulous week,

Unknown said...

That's amazing! I would never even consider changing a shoe like that! Yours turned out fantastic!

MD said...

magique bravo

Amanda said...

These are adorable!! Great job! I've been dying to try something like this!

I'm a new follower!! I hope you'll stop by my blog and consider following me too!

Amanda @

Kristine@thefoleyfam said...

This is absolutely FABULOUS!!! Great job!!

Thanks for linking up to “Strut Your Stuff Sunday” on our blog!! We appreciate it!

Hoping to see more of your awesome ideas at our future parties :)))


Fonda @Southern Scraps said...

These are gorgeous!

Shelly @A Creative Space said...

You are brilliant! These look great. :)

Plethora said...

I love them. What a great job!!!

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