Follow our instructions to embellish or create your own shoes and slippers. They're a perfect gift -- but you'll also want to make a pair for yourself.
Should your kids want a break, one of these days, from making friendship bracelets (and anklets and necklaces and ...), get them to outfit everyone's sneakers with cheery braided shoelaces.
Matching shoes to a dress is easy when you customize them with ribbon.
Wide or narrow ribbons look equally lovely on a pair of basic sandals; for thin back straps, cut wide ribbons into strips or use narrow ones. To attach ribbon strip, dot strap of shoe with fabric glue and press ribbon onto strap. Trim ends at the proper angle, and tuck into shoe's crease. (If you like, glue on a bow-tied ribbon.) For a buckle hole, use the existing holes as a guide to pierce the ribbon (a darning needle works well).
Give your plain-Jane espadrilles some summer panache with pretty ribbons.
Cut a strip to fit across the vamp. Using fabric glue, "hem" the cut edges to create neat ends. Then glue to shoe, and let dry. To add ties to the back, cut a length of sturdy ribbon (such as grosgrain or canvas) that's long enough to wrap around your lower leg twice and be tied into a bow. Fold it in half, and sew the fold to the top of the heel.