Plain to Pretty {A Shoe Makeover}

April 21, 2011 |  by  |  Blog, DIY, Wearable

Salut everyone!

Are you ready for spring as much as I am? Are you digging out your summer shoes already? All those pretty cork wedges, platforms, slingbacks, sandals…..

Are you ready to slip your feet into something spectacular? Well, there is some work involved though- and you have to love ruffles….



You will need:

– A pair of denim wedge sandals. (I bought mine at Walmart for $15)

– Mod Podge

– Fabric (white & flowers)

– Rickrack or Ribbon

– Felt


1. Brush mod podge evenly with a medium sized brush on the denim of the shoe.

2.-4. Lay fabric on the shoe and trace the edge, where the denim hits the wedge. Cut along your trace. Start gluing fabric from the bottom to the top. Glue as you go.

5. Cut fabric on the upper part, you have to kind of guess the shape. Later you can adjust.

6. Make little cuts in the curves, so the fabric does not make folds.

7. Cut fabric for the peep hole, glue on to the shoe.

8. Cut a 2 inch white piece of fabric, fold it in half and sew a ruffle.

9. Sew it to the front part of your shoe. { And yes, it’s a real pain in the butt!}

Cut rickrack to the right length, glue it in place, on top of the ruffle. After glue is dried, sew it to the shoe as well.

10. The mod podge can get a little stiff when it’s dry, so to make it comfortable in the back, glue a piece of felt to the strap.

Make a fabric flower and attach it to one buckle.

11. Paint your toenails red, slip your feet into your new creation and walk the walk! Enjoy jealous looks from other girls….


To get more inspiration, head over to Fat Girl Gets Dressed and see, that neon pom poms look awesome on high heels!

Go peacock and polcadot!

Go glamour!

There is even a Flickr group called Shoe Refashion- refresh your step!

Enjoy your day, and thanks Anne from Craftgossip & Amy from Mod Podge Rocks for featuring this shoe makeover!

Linked with Savvy Southern Style & A Beach Cottage & Here & Frugal Friday & The DIY Showoff & Skip to my Lou & A Marvelous Mess & TCB & Tip Me Tuesday & Elements Interiors& & Here



//xoxo, Sibylle//

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  1. WOW!!! I would have never thought to take a pair of shoes and revamp them with fabric. You are so creative :)

  2. This is really great idea, I am going to share this lovely shoes at my blog with your link, thanks a lot for your sharing, really beautiful :)

  3. What a lovely idea! I found your site from ShabbyNest and couldn’t be happier. I’m in the midst of trying to where, toss or upcycle everything in my wardrobe.

  4. I love the transformation! So feminine!
    Chastity recently blogged..Daily Wisdom

  5. These are the prettiest things I’ve ever seen. You’re such a genius!!
    The links were wonderful as well. Thank you!

  6. absolutely gorgeous ! just a bit difficult to translate in french but i might try as it s totally awesome !!!

  7. I love this! What a great idea. I have been looking for a certain color of shoe, and I think that I will just go and get some regular ones and make them the color I want! Thanks for the tutorial!

    I would love to have you come and share this at my Fantastic Friday party.

  8. I love it! Your pics are just awesome.

    Jeanna @

  9. What a beautiful makeover….if I weren’t so tall I make a pair just like them. I’ll have to find some flats to work with!! I would love it if you would link this project up to my blog party, A Marvelous Mess….each week I pick one project to feature on my side bar!! Here is the link:
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  10. NICE JOB, so darn cute.
    Kristy @ 4 the love of WOOD
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  11. OMG…its too cute…thanks for sharing.
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  12. wow, now im tempted to go and get a pair of shoes from goodwill… good job!

  13. so super cute…I have some shoes with tags on them still that I could so do this too!! thanks for sharing-following you now via tip junkie!!
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  14. This is such a great idea! I absolutely love the way they turned out. Thanks for the tute!
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  15. Soooo caute!

    I LOVE your post and Love your blog!

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  16. Love these sweets! Thanks so much for sgaring my link in your post. ;)

  17. This idea is A-Maz-Ing! I am really rough on my shoes–does the Mod Podge hold fairly well? I have to try this! I love your skirt too, by the way. I used to have a dark denim skirt like it, but that was two kids and a few pounds ago. : )
    I shared your shoe project on my Friday Features on Calico and Cupcakes. Feel free to grab a featured button if you want. Have a beautiful weekend!
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    • I have been wearing them and they hold pretty well! no problem with the mod podge. thanks for featuring the shoes! I’ll stop by!

  18. I wanted to let you know that I will be featuring this post on the sidebar of blog for a week!! Thanks so much for linking up to my Marvelous Mess party….I hope you visit and link up again next week!! Here is the link top my post:
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  19. these are really cute.
    miami bridal makeup recently blogged..PROM!!

  20. I pretty much love everything about this post. Aside from the gorgeously incredible shoe transformation, the pictures are unreal and I am already contemplating how I can make your skirt. LOVE IT ALL!

    • thanks Lisa and every one! The skirt is oooold, I bought it in Italy;-) I wish I could have helped you more;-)

  21. Oh my goodness, amazing! I love them! And your pictures are fantastic. Great work! I’m so jealous! :-)

    Rachel @ Maybe Matilda

  22. Oh my! These are so cute!!! You’re making me want to refashion some shoes :)

  23. LOVE LOVE LOVE these shoes! What a fantastic idea – and some exceptional photos too!!

    I would love if you came and linked this project to my clothes upcycling page. It has a long term linky, so your project would stay there for more than just the week of a usual linky. We have over 60 projects linked up now – some fantastic ideas – and this month I’m upcycling lots of clothes and trying to feature lots of the links too!
    Do come and take a look!

  24. The ruffles totally make the shoe – love the blue dress AND the ankle tat! I have ankle tats of my own. Smashing. :D


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