Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Ruffle Shoe Tutorial: a Refashion

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I really like shoes with something extra, like ruffles or flowers, but usually not the price tag on them...

In my closet I had these boring shoes, still in perfectly good shape, just plain though.

So I thought of a way I could change them. 

And LOVED how they turned out!

So here is another refashion tutorial...

It took me less than a half hour to make these, and hardly any supplies!

Gather your supplies:
* Shoes 
* 7/8" Wide Grosgrain ribbon (color that matches your shoes)
* Matching thread
*E-6000 glue

Begin by measuring your ribbon. I took ribbon about twice as long as the edge I wanted to put the ruffle on. You could use a little less, but don't use too little, you can always trim it if it's too long.

Stitch one edge of the ribbon with a straight stitch, at the longest length your sewing machine will allow. (For mine that is 4.)

Gather the ribbon by pulling one of the threads.

Put it on the shoe to see how it looks, and adjust if needed.

Trim the excessive ends. Make sure the ribbon can still fold to the inside of your shoe like shown in the picture below. Make sure the part on the inside of the shoe isn't ruffled.

Then, with stitch length 1, sew the edge of the ribbon once again, to make sure the ruffle will stay put! 

Now, grab the sports section of the paper, your glue, and if the weather allows it, go outside!

(Otherwise make sure you're working in a well ventilated area!)

Sorry for this blurry picture, but at this point I was holding the glue and camera, and wanting to work as quickly as possible, so didn't take too many pictures....

Put some glue on the center of the shoe as pictured.

Wait a little, following the directions on the glue.
Put the center of the ribbon in place, make sure it is a little higher up than the edge of the shoe, so that the edge won't show anymore.

Work your way around the shoe, finishing of the last part like shown in the picture below, and fold to the inside.

Let them dry and enjoy!

You could also add ribbon flowers, or an extra layer of ruffles, beads, etc.

I liked it just like this, and was worried to mess it up by overdoing it, so I kept them like this.

Would also be fun for plain flats...

Oh, and for people who always manage to glue the lid of the glue stuck to the tube: (Of cooooooooooourse not me, not at all.) I learned by reading the directions in small print (who does that anyway?) that it helps to put a little petroleum jelly on the inside of the lid. Tried it last time and it works like a charm :)

I linked up to Brassy Apple, I heart organizingCraftOManiac MondayBlue Cricket DesignTea Rose Home and Sugarbee Crafts

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Anonymous said...

Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave today [29 Sep 01:00am GMT]. Thanks, Maria

Debbie said...

I love this!

Kara @ Mine for the Making said...

These are so cute too!! Ruffles make everything cuter :) You are more than welcome to come over and link this project up to DIY Diva Thursdays also!


Valencia said...

Chic detail that really transforms the shoe!!

amydee said...

Thank you so much for the stuck lid tip. This happens to me with every tube of glue and I've always had to throw them out! NO MORE! I do like the shoes too.

Mariska said...

Yep, that's so annoying when you can only use them once. (Or twice, sometimes I would cut off the end, and use it that way, but that only works once unfortunately, because then it dries up.)

Robin said...

E6000 to the rescue! Love these you need to post them to upcycled Awesome this week!

TheSewingLoft said...

Found these on One Pretty Thing. Super cute idea!!

Andrea said...

ADORABLE! I want a pair too!!!!!!!!! super super cute and smile!! I love how feminine and vintage it looks now!

iheartorganizing said...

Now that is simple fantastic! Love the ruffles. I wish I had super sewing skills like that! Love it!

xoxo, Jen