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Fabric Covered Shoes: Make Your Own

Added Jan 24, 2011

by alisondahl

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Step 1 Materials


You will need a pair of shoes, 1 yard of fabric (I recommend using cotton the first time), 1 yard of self-adhesive fabric OR Temporary Fabric Adhesive Spray*, Sobo craft glue (make sure it’s okay for fabric), scissors & a pencil

*If you cannot find self-adhesive fabric, spray Temporary Fabric Adhesive SPRAY to one side of cotton fabric pieces. This will make the fabric temporarily adhere to the shoe to trace the pattern pieces— then you just peel it off.

Check out this link to read about how to use “505 Temporary Fabric Adhesive SPRAY”: http://www.sprayandfix.com/howto.html#applique

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    Jan 27, 2011, 12.16 AMby beckj28

    Thanks for the advice . This looks like a fun project and one I definately want to try.

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    Jan 26, 2011, 11.44 AMby turbanowski

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    Jan 26, 2011, 03.55 AMby yvonneb

    I first did this 30 years to shoes that I wanted to have match special dresses that I had made. I continue to do them even today. I just use permanent spray adhesive. I cut a piece of fabric in a rectangle larger then the shoe. I spray the shoe with adhesive (works best outside in the yard then you do not need to worry about overspray) Place the rectangle of fabric on top of the shoe. Smooth the fabric out onto the shoe. Cut an X into the fabric that is now covering the inside the shoe. Trim to about three quarters of an inch to the top of the shoe. Cut the fabric to the top of the shoe to make little tabs. Now take some good craft glue, put the glue on the tabs and fold into shoe and smooth. Cut and glue the fabric around and to the heel. I then press the fabric tight to where the shoe and sole meet. I use the point of the seam ripper to tuck the fabric into that area. Then take a sharp razor and carefully trim off excess fabric. Put some craft glue on your finger and go around the entire edge of shoe where you tucked the fabric in. Let dry completely and you are ready to go. People will take a double look at the outfit and the shoes and will have many questions for you. I use to get plain, inexpensive heels from KMArt now from Wal Mart to cover. Do not wear in the rain.

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      Jun 15, 2012, 04.08 PMby burda style magazine

      Good advice—I am trying your method right now! Will let you know how it goes.

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    Jan 25, 2011, 09.52 PMby beckj28

    What is self adhesive fabric, where can you find it, and what kind of glue do you use exactly? I tried using one kind of glue on shoes once before but it didn’t work. Love this idea and great job!

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      Jan 25, 2011, 10.28 PMby alisondahl

      Hi there! I updated the steps to include: If you can’t find self-adhesive fabric use Temporary Fabric Adhesive Spray*, and Sobo craft glue.

      *If you cannot find self-adhesive fabric, spray Temporary Fabric Adhesive SPRAY to one side of cotton fabric pieces. This will make the fabric temporarily adhere to the shoe to trace the pattern pieces— then you just peel it off.

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    Jan 25, 2011, 09.45 PMby Sewing And Style

    I am definitely trying it out. I just have trouble getting self adhesive fabric – would it me used in cards making or smth?

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    Jan 25, 2011, 08.40 PMby mandamagpie

    this is an awesome idea! very interesting and i’m sure most people have a spare pair of shoes to ry this out with!

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