Basically, all you have to do is pick out some fabric and apply it to your old shoes using the fabric Mod Podge (It’s both a glue and a sealant). The results are a new pair of shoes that are unique and fun to show off.
Getting Ready for the Mod Podge Project
I’d rank this as an intermediate craft project because it got a bit messy. Also, trimming the excess fabric around the heel of the shoes was a bit tricky. The project took me a littler over an hour and a half, but I’m confident I could do it a lot faster the second time around. If you want to complete this project, plan for one to two hours, plus additional time for the Mod Podge to dry.
Here is everything you’ll need to complete this project:
- An old pair of shoes (Flats work best)
- A rectangular piece of fabric that can completely cover the shoes (Mine was 14 inches by 12 inches)
- Sponge Brush
- Fabric Mod Podge
Mod Podge Shoes Tutorial
I decided to keep my first project as simple as possible by using a pair of shoes with a completely smooth surface and a flat heel. My sister had an old pair of dress shoes that were perfect for the project. She brought the shoes over to my house and we got to work. Here is what the original pair of shoes looked like:
1. The first thing I did was cut the bow off the toe of each shoe. I originally used a seam ripper from the inside of the shoe, but that was taking too long so I switched to scissors.
2. After the bow was off, I used a slightly wet cloth to clean the shoes.
3. Once the shoes were all prepped, my sister and I went through my fabric supply to find some fabric. We ended up choosing a light-weight, cotton material with a plaid design. You can use any type of fabric, but keep in mind that the Mod Podge will make the fabric shiny, and mine even came out a darker color.
4. Next, I cut the fabric into two rectangles — one to cover each shoe. Each piece of fabric was 14 inches by 12 inches. The amount of fabric you need will depend on the size of the shoes you are doing.
5. After my fabric was ready, I used a sponge brush to apply a liberal amount of Mod Podge to the toe of each shoe.
6. I then took the fabric and smoothed it down over the toe of each shoe.
7. I continued to apply Mod Podge to the rest of each shoe and smooth the fabric over each shoe as I worked to the back. I worked on both of my shoes at the same time, but you might want to do yours one at a time.
8. Once the fabric was attached to all but the back of the shoe, I took a pair of scissors and cut a slit so that the fabric could fold around the back of the shoe to create a seam. (See picture below)
9. Before gluing down the back seam, however, I used the scissors to cut along the opening of the shoe where the foot is inserted. I left a 1/2 inch seam allowance. Don’t worry — it doesn’t have to be perfect. See the picture below:
10. Next, I created the back seam on each shoe by turning the seam allowance in and attaching it with Mod Podge.
11. I then used my scissors to clip the seam allowance around the top of the shoe. I made flaps that were about a 1/2 inch apart.
12. Using a generous amount of Mod Podge, I smoothed each of the flaps of fabric into the inside of each shoe.
13. Next, I took an Exacto knife and carefully trimmed around the sole of the shoe. I suggest you just use scissors because it is faster and works just as well. Just carefully pull a little bit of the fabric away from the shoe and cut along the sole.
14. Apply Mod Podge over the entire shoe, paying close attention to the sole so that there won’t be any fraying. If you do have a few frayed threads, just tuck them under using a needle or your fingernails.
15. Let the shoes dry for a few hours, and enjoy.
Here is a picture of the finished shoes, they’re still a bit shiny because the Mod Podge was still drying.