Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Mod Podge Shoes

I’ve seen posts about using Mod Podge to attach fabric to shoes all over the place and decided to give it a try.  I had a pair of black ballet flats that had a hole where my big toe nail is.  I’m too cheap to buy new shoes at the moment (other than some clearance flip flops at Target that I love) so I decided to see if I could give the flats a second life.  I figured that the worst thing that happened was that I ruined a pair of already ruined shoes.


You can see the hole on the one on the right.  Its not a big hole, but its noticeable and since I wear these shoes to work, I wanted them to look nice.  Since the only problem was the hole, I decided just to cover the toes and not the whole thing.  That way if it didn’t work out, I hadn’t wasted too much fabric.  Plus, it seemed easier.  I used a heavier weight fabric (duck cloth I think) and outdoor Mod Podge so they would be a little more weather proof.  No step-by-step pictures, because like most of my projects, I just kind of winged it.  All I did was cut a square of fabric, glued it on then trimmed it along the bottom.  A few more coats of Mod Podge to seal it up and you have:


Tada!  No more hole.  They aren’t perfect, but no one spends a lot of time staring at my feet.  And they are somewhat waterproof—the first day I wore them it rained cats and dogs.  I’ve worn them several times now and they still look great.  I was a little concerned that the white fabric would get dingy or dirty quickly, but so far, with normal wear (I’m not jumping in any mud puddles), they still look nice.  Not a bad (free) fix for a pair of shoes that would have otherwise gone in the trash.

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