Here it is…the one you have been waiting for 🙂 Please forgive the mishmash of photos for this though. I was trying to get them done during the very short naps (on the days my daughter would stay down) and just snapped when I remembered, “Oh yeah, I should have pictures for a tutorial.” LOL. Without further ado, I leave you with the tutorial now.
What you need:
–Old shoes (I used summer ones-flip flops and sandals)
–Hot glue gun and glue
–Possible accessories (buttons, felt leaves, etc)
–Elastic thread (if shirring; read further for this option)
1. First, prepare a template. Place the shoe you are using sideways on a piece of paper and create a boot like outline. I made mine go out at the top, but you could just make it straight up if you like. Also, it doesn’t need to be perfect. Sweaters are stretchy, so there is room for some error.
2. Place the boot pattern on your sweater. The picture here is actually on a t-shirt because I made two layers for my daughters. The sweater was “holey” and I wanted the added layer of protection. So that is an option if your sweater chosen is like that too. Make sure each toe is pointing in a different direction and that the top of the boot lines up with the bottom of the sweater. Cut out. You will have four pieces.
3. If just using the sweater, place right sides together and pin. If using the extra layer like I did for my daughters, place them together like this:
4. Sew around the sides only. Leave the top and bottom open. If you like, you can finish the seams.
5. Turn right side out to make sure everything was sewn together. Also, trim any seam ends that are poking out. If you desire to shirr the top of the boot like the ones I made for me, I would do this now. Put it over your leg to see where you would like to shirr it and then go at it. I recommend this for very light sweater materials that do not stay up on their own.
6. Turn wrong side out and have your glue gun read. You are going to begin gluing the sweater onto the shoe. Start by gluing the back of the sweater boot middle to the back middle of the shoe.
Then glue the front middle of the sweater boot to the front middle of the shoe.
Finish gluing on the sides.
Turn right side out.
***If using flip flops, you can add a little heel with a rectangular piece of felt to help fill out the back. Just glue the felt on the inside.
7. Add on any decorations you like.
Here are the shoes without the temporary embellishments:
#1. Feather Tie On
I found these already made feather pieces at Michaels. I glued on a piece of elastic (which was a hair band that broke on me) to the middle to go onto my toe. Then I glued two small pieces of ribbon to the top to go around my ankle. The shoe doesn’t have an ankle strap, so this keeps it in place.
#2. Lace Tie On
These didn’t turn out quite like I had visioned, but oh well. I measured how long and wide I wanted it to be on my foot and shoe. I then cut a rectangular piece of felt, glued lace all over the front side. Then I glued ribbon to the top to tie around my ankle and glued a piece of elastic (another broken hair elastic) to the bottom middle to loop on my toe(s).
#3. Trim Slip On
I found this amazing trim at JoAnn’s. I measured how long across the front of the shoe was, then cut the trim to fit. Since these shoes were not strappy, I glued one piece of elastic to it so I could slide it on my shoe. (The elastic is on the bottom, but you can’t tell at all.)
I wanted to share some of the pictures and links that have been added to the Shoe Makeover Group. There are some great ideas there!
These toddler shoes have been painted. Aren’t they just adorable?
I LOVE The Boots!!!! and the other shoes. They are made by artist in Belgium. They look as though they were decoupaged. Maybe she will share her secret one day ;). This is her blog, and this is where you can find some Amazing things she makes.
Hot Glue Gun
Needle and thread
From there, I just used a hot glue gun to glue the flowers onto the felt. Then I glued random pearl beads in and around the flowers.