25 Ways to Kick Up Your Style With DIY Shoes
Sneakers with Braided Shoelaces
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.
Calling all cat lovers! This pair's for you. Using iron-on transfers and a Cricut machine, you can make quick work of these purrfect shoes.
Lace Floral Shoe Clips
Use our clip art, heat-transfer paper, and fabric to create these elegant floral shoe clips, perfect for dressing up a plain ensemble.
Put spring into your little girl's step with pretty paper-flower clips. Transform tissue or crepe paper into dahlias and use them to decorate shoes or barrettes, or to make a lovely bouquet.
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.
Ballet Slippers with Bells
Boring shoes? Saved by the bell! The idea: Dye plain white satin slippers in a pretty color and sew a smattering of bells, along with some ribbon, on them.
Dress up little tootsies with an inexpensive pair of shoes, some glue, a few bits of fabric, and your imagination. In no time, ordinary shoes can become enchanted.
No-Sew Slipper Socks
Padding around the house in warm wool socks is a cozy comfort that can sometimes be slippery -- not to mention, the soles of socks' feet can get damp and dirty. For more solid footing, add soles. It's easy with our directions.
Paper Flower Shoe Clips
Dress up a pair of little girls' shoes with these easy to make (thanks to our clip art) paper flower shoe clips. We offer rose or ranunculus to choose from.
Homemade slippers of thick wool felt make a heartwarming (and foot-warming) gift. Felt is the ideal fabric to work with, since it won't unravel when cut.
Leather Flower Shoe Clips
Make and wear these lovely leather flowers that clip to the top of ballet flats or simple sandals for a timeless summer look.
Decorated with a dazzling combination of fabric, ribbons, sequins, and beads, store-bought slippers offer a wonderful way to welcome houseguests and make lovely gifts for virtually any occasion.
Dyed Canvas Sneakers
Canvas sneakers are comfy and cool, but you may not always find them in the color you want. Put a spring in your step by selecting the shade yourself. With fabric dye, it's a cinch to match them to your wardrobe or your mood.
Fabric Flower Shoe Clips
Dress up little (or big) girls' shoes with these lovely fabric flower shoe clips.
Add the silvery peal of tiny bells -- as well as scalloped or hole-punched edges, bows, and embroidery -- to a darling pair of homespun slippers.
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).
Felt Baby Shoes
This pair of bedroom slippers is trimmed with store-bought bright-yellow raffia fringe, using thread that's the same color as the raffia.