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Revamp a pair of shoes with some gorgeous Harris Tweed!

Posted by Cat Morley from London, United Kingdom • Published See Cat Morley's 1114 projects »
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  • How to make a pair of fabric covered shoes. Harris Tweed Converse - Step 1
    Step 1

    For this project you'll need some Harris Tweed in your favourite colour and any pair of Converse or sports shoe you have kicking around.

  • How to make a pair of fabric covered shoes. Harris Tweed Converse - Step 2
    Step 2

    Unlace the shoes.

  • How to make a pair of fabric covered shoes. Harris Tweed Converse - Step 3
    Step 3

    Pull the tongue of the shoe out and trace around it's outline onto paper.

  • How to make a pair of fabric covered shoes. Harris Tweed Converse - Step 4
    Step 4

    Using a ruler to get your dimensions, create patterns for both sides of the main body of the shoe.

  • How to make a pair of fabric covered shoes. Harris Tweed Converse - Step 5
    Step 5

    Add a 3/4" seam allowance around your pattern pieces and cut out.

  • How to make a pair of fabric covered shoes. Harris Tweed Converse - Step 6
    Step 6

    Fold the tweed in half so that you have two bits of fabric on top of each other and pin the pattern pieces on top.

  • How to make a pair of fabric covered shoes. Harris Tweed Converse - Step 7
    Step 7

    Cut around the pattern pieces and remove the pins to reveal two identical pieces of fabric.

  • How to make a pair of fabric covered shoes. Harris Tweed Converse - Step 8
    Step 8

    Make small snips around the seam allowance on your tongue pattern piece.

  • How to make a pair of fabric covered shoes. Harris Tweed Converse - Step 9
    Step 9

    Fold the seam allowance back on the paper pattern and pin the pattern in the middle of the tongue cut of fabric.

  • How to make a pair of fabric covered shoes. Harris Tweed Converse - Step 10
    Step 10

    Using the pattern piece as your guide, fold and pin the seam allowance on the fabric back.

  • How to make a pair of fabric covered shoes. Harris Tweed Converse - Step 11
    Step 11

    Place the fabric against the tongue on the shoe, adding a pin or two to keep it in place and fold up the bottom edge of the tweed and pin so the tongue is the right height.

  • How to make a pair of fabric covered shoes. Harris Tweed Converse - Step 12
    Step 12

    Unpin the edges at the bottom of the tweed tongue and sew along the bottom edge of the tweed

  • How to make a pair of fabric covered shoes. Harris Tweed Converse - Step 13
    Step 13

    Re-pin the edges at the bottom of the tweed tongue to the right size.

  • How to make a pair of fabric covered shoes. Harris Tweed Converse - Step 14
    Step 14

    Now pin the tweed tongue in position on the tongue of the shoe.

  • How to make a pair of fabric covered shoes. Harris Tweed Converse - Step 15
    Step 15

    Carefully sew around the outline, removing the pins as you go.

  • How to make a pair of fabric covered shoes. Harris Tweed Converse - Step 16
    Step 16

    Hand stitch any areas that are too tricky to do by machine. Repeat for the second shoe.

  • How to make a pair of fabric covered shoes. Harris Tweed Converse - Step 17
    Step 17

    Following the same process with the snipping and folding the paper pattern, pin the patterns for the sides of the shoe onto the fabric.

  • How to make a pair of fabric covered shoes. Harris Tweed Converse - Step 18
    Step 18

    Sew the bottom edges.

  • How to make a pair of fabric covered shoes. Harris Tweed Converse - Step 19
    Step 19

    Pin the tweed in place along the bottom edge of the shoe.

  • How to make a pair of fabric covered shoes. Harris Tweed Converse - Step 20
    Step 20

    Working from the start of the shoe backwards, fold the fabric under and pin neatly around the edges.

  • How to make a pair of fabric covered shoes. Harris Tweed Converse - Step 21
    Step 21

    Continue pining around the entire outline of the shoe. Folding at the back where it meets the back seam.

  • How to make a pair of fabric covered shoes. Harris Tweed Converse - Step 22
    Step 22

    Sew the pieces in place using a heavy duty needle on your sewing machine.

  • How to make a pair of fabric covered shoes. Harris Tweed Converse - Step 23
    Step 23

    Do the same with the other side of the shoe.

  • How to make a pair of fabric covered shoes. Harris Tweed Converse - Step 24
    Step 24

    When you're done. Use some fabric glue to stick the bottom of the fabric along the line of the shoe where it meets the sole.

  • How to make a pair of fabric covered shoes. Harris Tweed Converse - Step 25
    Step 25

    You can make a matching tweed strip for the back of your shoes but I wanted to give mine an edgier look with a metal zip. I simply cut two matching strips from an existing zip to the right height for the back of the shoe.

  • How to make a pair of fabric covered shoes. Harris Tweed Converse - Step 26
    Step 26

    I then attached the zip with fabric glue, folded under the edges of the fabric at either side, glued them down and pinned in place until the glue was stuck.

  • How to make a pair of fabric covered shoes. Harris Tweed Converse - Step 27
    Step 27

    Once the glue has dried. Hand stitch down the sides of the fabric alongside the zip.

  • How to make a pair of fabric covered shoes. Harris Tweed Converse - Step 28
    Step 28

    Now it's time to add the eyelets back. Use a hole punch to punch a hole through the tweed where each eyelet sits.

  • How to make a pair of fabric covered shoes. Harris Tweed Converse - Step 29
    Step 29

    Using a needle and a strand or two of embroidery floss, stitch around the entire outline of the eyelet.

  • How to make a pair of fabric covered shoes. Harris Tweed Converse - Step 30
    Step 30

    For the finishing touch, stitch a Harris Tweed label onto the side of each shoe.

  • How to make a pair of fabric covered shoes. Harris Tweed Converse - Step 31
    Step 31

    Re-lace up the shoes and they're ready to wear!

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