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Shoes fit for any seamstress with tape measure bows!
My work shoes were looking a little scuffed up so I gave them a makeover with scissor print fabric, tape measure bows and Mary Jane straps.

Posted by Cat Morley from London, United Kingdom • Published See Cat Morley's 1105 projects »
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  • How to make a pair of fabric covered shoes. Seamstress Flats - Step 1
    Step 1

    For this, you'll need a pair of shoes with a shiny smooth finish like leather or vinyl.

  • How to make a pair of fabric covered shoes. Seamstress Flats - Step 2
    Step 2

    Cut off any bows or trims you don't want.

  • How to make a pair of fabric covered shoes. Seamstress Flats - Step 3
    Step 3

    Place your fabric, wrong side facing up over the front of the shoe and trace the shape onto the fabric.

  • How to make a pair of fabric covered shoes. Seamstress Flats - Step 4
    Step 4

    Cut out two pieces of fabric in the shape of the front of the shoe with an extra 1/2" around the sides.

  • How to make a pair of fabric covered shoes. Seamstress Flats - Step 5
    Step 5

    Place the fabric on top of the shoe.

  • How to make a pair of fabric covered shoes. Seamstress Flats - Step 6
    Step 6

    Cut slits into the fabric down to where it touches the front of the shoe opening at either side.

  • How to make a pair of fabric covered shoes. Seamstress Flats - Step 7
    Step 7

    Fold the edges of the fabric over, on the wrong side by 1/2"

  • How to make a pair of fabric covered shoes. Seamstress Flats - Step 8
    Step 8

    Coat the underside of the flaps with fabric glue and use small pegs to hold the flaps down until dry.

  • How to make a pair of fabric covered shoes. Seamstress Flats - Step 9
    Step 9

    Check the dried piece against your shoe.

  • How to make a pair of fabric covered shoes. Seamstress Flats - Step 10
    Step 10

    Coat the top edges of the shoes with fabric glue.

  • How to make a pair of fabric covered shoes. Seamstress Flats - Step 11
    Step 11

    Place the fabric for the front of the shoe in place and peg around the edges.

  • How to make a pair of fabric covered shoes. Seamstress Flats - Step 12
    Step 12

    Cover the bottom of the front of the shoe with glue and fold the front of the fabric down, folding the edge to the right length and sticking in place.

  • How to make a pair of fabric covered shoes. Seamstress Flats - Step 13
    Step 13

    Leave the glue to dry.

  • How to make a pair of fabric covered shoes. Seamstress Flats - Step 14
    Step 14

    Now cut a piece of fabric in the shape of the side of your shoe, with an extra 1/2" and repeat the process.

  • How to make a pair of fabric covered shoes. Seamstress Flats - Step 15
    Step 15

    Fold the fabric into a neat point where it meets the fabric at the front of the shoe and glue in place.

  • How to make a pair of fabric covered shoes. Seamstress Flats - Step 16
    Step 16

    Finish off the fabric by cutting the final side and glueing in place.

  • How to make a pair of fabric covered shoes. Seamstress Flats - Step 17
    Step 17

    Cut a length of lace trim long enough to go around the opening of your shoe, coat with glue and hold in place with pegs until it dries.

  • How to make a pair of fabric covered shoes. Seamstress Flats - Step 18
    Step 18

    Cut a length of tape measure of ribbon long enough to go up the back of your shoe.

  • How to make a pair of fabric covered shoes. Seamstress Flats - Step 19
    Step 19

    Fold the ribbon over into a loop at the top and glue in place at the back of each shoe.

  • How to make a pair of fabric covered shoes. Seamstress Flats - Step 20
    Step 20

    Cut two lengths of elastic to make straps.

  • How to make a pair of fabric covered shoes. Seamstress Flats - Step 21
    Step 21

    Glue some tape measure or ribbon onto the straps.

  • How to make a pair of fabric covered shoes. Seamstress Flats - Step 22
    Step 22

    Pop the shoes on and then pop the straps in place, glue and stitch the edges to either side of the inside of the shoe.

  • How to make a pair of fabric covered shoes. Seamstress Flats - Step 23
    Step 23

    Use the remaining tape measure or ribbon to make a bow. Use a peg to hold the bow in the middle.

  • How to make a pair of fabric covered shoes. Seamstress Flats - Step 24
    Step 24

    Fold the ribbon over until you'e create a big flowery ribbon.

  • How to make a pair of fabric covered shoes. Seamstress Flats - Step 25
    Step 25

    Remove the peg carefully and punch a hole in the middle of the bow.

  • How to make a pair of fabric covered shoes. Seamstress Flats - Step 26
    Step 26

    Press an eyelet through the bow.

  • How to make a pair of fabric covered shoes. Seamstress Flats - Step 27
    Step 27

    Thread a needle with some embroidery floss and pick out some cute buttons to embellish your shoes.

  • How to make a pair of fabric covered shoes. Seamstress Flats - Step 28
    Step 28

    Stitch the button through the eyelets on the bows.

  • How to make a pair of fabric covered shoes. Seamstress Flats - Step 29
    Step 29

    You're all done!

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emmilou w.
emmilou w. · Wallasey, England, GB · 12 projects
Love these!! Thanks for the how-to...Love
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