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Fabric Covered Shoes: Make Your Own

Added Jan 24, 2011

by alisondahl

Brooklyn, New Yo...






Ever since I saw the fabric covered shoes on Erdem’s S/S2010 runway I have been dying to make a pair for myself. It seemed like a difficult ordeal at first but the process was surprisingly easy, and so rewarding!

I chose one of my favorite Liberty of London peacock prints in cotton lawn that I had left over from a dress I made (I was going for a matchy-matchy look). I used a pair of plain black faux-leather wedges that I didn’t mind experimenting with. The wedge heel for me was a must— I think the covered heel is the most exciting part of the shoe’s silhouette. Next time I would love to try a floral-printed silk charmeuse like the Erdem wedges pictured above!

Material Notes

Shoes (I recommend a wedge), 1 yard of fabric, 1 yards self-adhesive fabric sheet, craft glue (make sure it’s suitable for fabric), scissors, pencil



Related Techniques


Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Garment Type
Bohemian, Bridal, Evening Wear, Mod, Rock, Victorian
Cotton, Silk


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    Jan 25, 2011, 12.11 AMby delfinelise

    Love this! Great idea so inspiring! Thanks! :)

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    Jan 24, 2011, 11.58 PMby oonaballoona

    whaaaaat?! i am in love with this, and eyeing a 10 dollar pair of sarah jessica parker wedges from the sadly defunct steve&barry’s line…

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      Jan 25, 2011, 12.04 AMby alisondahl

      Ha! The perfect template for a fashion overhaul.

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      Jan 25, 2011, 12.07 AMby oonaballoona

      ain’t it tho?

      but i have to admit, i cried when my red velvet heels of the same line died. on my birthday. i mean, really.

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    Jan 24, 2011, 11.02 PMby laugh434

    Fantastic! I’m certain I have a pair of shoes (or two or three pairs) that I can use for this!

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    Jan 24, 2011, 10.16 PMby fairytale-thirteen

    lush upcycling – i was looking at s/s 2011 floral sandals with huge wedgs in a magazine yesterday – so these will be added to my to-do list – thanks for sharing – happy sewing x.

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    Jan 24, 2011, 10.15 PMby mixtlii

    That looks so fun!!! I have to try it!

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    Jan 24, 2011, 08.06 PMby Olivia Anne

    def gonna try this out

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    Jan 24, 2011, 07.48 PMby prettyfascinated

    Those shoes look incredible! And I adore that print, I am dying to find some lovely prints but sadly the fabric shops were I live tend to deal mostly in plain satins and curtain fabric…not exactly ideal for a aspiring seamstress!

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      Jan 24, 2011, 08.37 PMby alisondahl

      I understand— I feel lucky to live in NYC, if not for anything else, for the fabric stores. You could try upcycling a vintage dress, sham or curtain with a pretty print… Thrift stores tend to carry exciting retro prints too. Check out this post on making your own fabric.

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      Jan 26, 2011, 07.35 AMby loulourosa

      Liberty fabric can be ordered at
      or when you search the internet or etsy for fabric I’m sure you will find nice prints. Or what about one of you’re mothers old dresses,…

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    Jan 24, 2011, 06.51 PMby caramia-made

    Ahhhhhh love this! I don’t normally wear heels (wedges or otherwise), but I’ve got a pair of old flats that I never wear. I might give this a go using them! Woo hoo!

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    Jan 24, 2011, 06.37 PMby violetsky

    Wow what a great idea, I am going to keep this in mind for July when I have to go to my boss’s wedding. She’s challenged me to make my dress for it, now I might also do my shoes too.

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    Jan 24, 2011, 06.23 PMby carottesauvage

    Those shoes are really special! Very inspiring tutorial!

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      Jan 24, 2011, 06.25 PMby alisondahl

      thanks helene! I am now dreaming up the next pair— though I’ll have to going vintage shopping, thrift-store-scraping for a new pair of wedges.

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      Jan 24, 2011, 06.29 PMby carottesauvage

      No really, that’s a superb post. Even though I haven’t gone through the instructions in detail yet, I am already inspired! From now on, We will all have a second look at shoes each time we enter a Charity shop! Way to go Burdastyle!
      btw, I love the consistency of the latest posts in accordance to a single theme (prints)…great idea!

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