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.