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Fabric shoe redux ~based on 'Burdastyle Fabric Covered Shoes...

Added Jan 30, 2011

by India T.

L.A., United States






I’d recently seen a tutorial for covering shoes, so when BurdaStyle posted theirs, I figured i’d give it a try. originally I covered these suede platforms in a cotton that went on as easy as tutorial said it would, unfortunately i’d chosen a fabric so dated i looked like a spice girl circa ’96. So then i covered that it a red silk chiffon, which looked really promising, until I noticed too many splotches of glue seeping through… when peeling off all that fabric it also took off the original suede. good glue. this time I used a poly crepe dress.

The Burda tutorial covers it all, though i did add I fusible interfacing, figuring it would help the glue not stain & some baby nails & to secure fabric around straps…
I still haven’t decided what embellishments, ie bows, buckles, what colors etc, any suggestions?

I think they turned out fine, but I’m pretty sure i can hear my Miu Miu cloth shoes mocking me from the other room. Next time I’ll use cotton, and a fabric/pattern I’m more excited about. I have the same liberty fabric (in blue) as the tutorial but didn’t want to straight up copy her fabulous shoes. : )

i posted some of my fabric prints in an earlier project, so i might use one of those. If you’ve a pigment based inkjet printer (wide format is helpful) it’s a great way to print small batches or test run before you place a spoonflower order.

Oh, when I try to add project based on “Fabric Covered Shoes: Make Your Own by Allison Dahl” it won’t let me, anyone know why?

Material Notes

suede platforms,
poly crepe dress fabric,
fusible lining




Garment Type

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    Apr 16, 2011, 07.03 PMby aidela

    I love them, cute!

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    Feb 7, 2011, 04.59 PMby carottesauvage

    Incredible! Hats off!

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      Feb 8, 2011, 05.49 AMby India T.

      thank you! i can’t wait to do it again with a fabric i love!

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    Feb 7, 2011, 02.19 AMby littleredfox

    oh i just think these look FABULOUS!!! you’ve gotten me even MORE excited about my fabric covered shoes than i already was after alison’t tutorial (if that was even possible)!! i think your decision to make the little straps one larger strap is totally inspired. i’m about to go copy the hell out of you!! :) thanks for posting!

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      Feb 7, 2011, 03.32 AMby India T.

      thanks, the fun with this project is one can do anything to them! I’ve another pair of the exact same shoes i can’t wait to recover.
      I’m an actor too btw, I’m learning to sew because everything off the rack is tailored to look good on camera.

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    Feb 3, 2011, 12.29 AMby alisondahl

    Go girl! Love them <3

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      Feb 3, 2011, 01.22 AMby India T.

      very kind of you, thanks for posting your inspiring, easy to follow, tutorial!

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    Feb 1, 2011, 12.32 AMby lizajane09

    Awesome! I like the idea of using nails to secure the fabric. I’ve got to try this.

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      Feb 7, 2011, 03.33 AMby India T.

      the nails really help alleviate the ‘will they fall apart while i’m walking’ issue.

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    Jan 31, 2011, 05.43 PMby jessdunstan

    They look fantastic! How did you do the inside sole (where your foot goes)? Did you cover that with fabric too? I bought a pair of wedges that have only straps over the foot and wasn’t sure how to do the inside?

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      Jan 31, 2011, 11.35 PMby India T.

      hi, thank you! i used a bias strip of fabric to cover the inside sole, but i think using a insert from another shoe as a template, or tracing your foot would work better, i fused interfacing to this as well. it didn’t need to be covered, but looked better to my eye.
      i didn’t glue fabric on to the straps over toes… just secured it at the sides so it would be more flexible.

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    Jan 31, 2011, 02.29 PMby sew4my3

    Nicely done!

    I have connected your project to the desired based on project.

    Happy sewing from your friendly Burdastyle moderator!

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      Jan 31, 2011, 11.25 PMby India T.

      thank you very much for your help with this!

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    Jan 30, 2011, 11.13 PMby Sewing And Style

    brilliant, I am going to make my own too- what are baby nails, could you tell me pls?

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      Jan 30, 2011, 11.51 PMby India T.

      thanks, I can’t wait to do this again w/ more thought to design.
      I used the smallest teeny tiny nails handy, (they had almost no nail head) & just call them baby nails.
      I thought to use bigger nails, or black nails for a design element but didn’t have any.
      also used a stapler gun to equal effect, just to experiment. Can’t wait to see yours!

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    Jan 30, 2011, 06.24 PMby supercalla

    They look really good! I love the bows :D

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    Jan 30, 2011, 05.06 PMby sandoz18

    Love them! Good to know that it’s as easy as the tutorial says.

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    Jan 30, 2011, 04.38 PMby nettie

    Damn, they look so neat! You would never know they were uncovered and recovered before getting here. I like them plain, but I tend towards plain usually.

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      Jan 30, 2011, 10.12 PMby India T.

      thanks, I may still recover this pair yet again! if there’s enough notches round the curves it’s fairly easy to get the neat edge, btw.

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    Jan 30, 2011, 04.00 PMby feldmantcat

    I have very similar shoes that I got at Walmart about ten years ago. I am waiting for just the right fabric to do this to them. I am so glad you posted yours so I can see what mine can eventually look like. Very cute shoes!

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    Jan 30, 2011, 03.51 PMby angelical

    I like the sound of pretty little bows on those amazing shoes!

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      Feb 7, 2011, 03.32 AMby India T.

      thank you, i like bows myself!

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