If you have a favorite pair of shoes that are comfy to wear but have gotten a little scuffed and tired, here are several different ways you can bring them back to life. Try covering them with pretty fabric, re-dyeing, adding glitter and even rhinestones. Lots of ideas in this bunch! I also added several different ideas for flip flops to the bottom of the page. Have fun!
Houndstooth : A pair of pumps are covered with cotton houndstooth print fabric and Mod Podge.
Custom Insoles : If the insoles of your favorite pair of shoes are a little tired and funky, here’s how to freshen them up using fabric and sticky back foam.
Embroidered Keds : No step-by-step instructions but easy enough to figure out, plain white tennis shoes are dyed then hand embroidered in a pattern of choice.
Sparkle Toes : Add a touch of glitz to a plain pair of pumps with crystal stick-ons.
DIY Sparkle Clips : Crystal appliques are attached to shoe clips using E6000 (or other strong glue).
Fabric Covered Sneakers : Make plain shoes fun with fabric and glue, you can also make funky laces to match using contrasting fabric and adhesive interfacing.
Pink Flair : Learn how to make a removable strap cover for Mary Jane pumps using fabric and pink velvet ribbon.
Dyed Canvas : Learn how to dye white canvas sneakers in the color of your choice using liquid fabric dye and salt.
Ribbon Bows : Bright taffeta ribbon, thin satin ribbon and a hot-glue gun are needed for this 10 minute project.
Embellished Wellies : Here’s how to slit the back of rubber boots (to better fit larger calves) and lace up with ribbon (grommets required).
Punk-Style Flats : Studded lace trim is applied to flats using liquid stitch glue.
Lace Scrap Tennies : Transform boring old tennis shoes with bits of scrap lace and fabric glue.
Fun With Flip Flops
*First published April 27, 2011 and moved to this page for better organization
Embellished : Decorate with seam binding or ribbon and desired embellishments. Wrapping and a bit of fabric glue involved.
Balloons : Wow, so much color, so much fun! Made by tying water balloons in double knots along the thong part (you’ll need 200 balloons per pair of sandals).
Yo-Yos : Make fabric yo-yos in assorted sizes then stack & glue (using Fabri-tac) along the thong part of the sandal. Tutorial available via pdf download.
Flip-Flop Refashion : The rubber thong part is covered with a strip of eyelet that is first trimmed with ribbon, held in place with a dab of hot glue and jute string.
Rag Tied : This is similar to the ribbon-tied sandals mentioned above except using strips of fabric that have had the edges trimmed with pinking shears.
Ruffled Strap : Use a strong glue like Gorilla Glue to attach decorative or ruffled ribbon along the top straps.
DIY Strappy Makeover : Attach 3/8″ wide elastic by wrapping and stitching in a few key places to make these fun summer shoes.
Fabric Wrapped : A strip of pretty fabric is wrapped around the thong and held in place with Mod Podge or glue.
Beaded : The straps are first wrapped with ribbon then beads and tiny seashells are attached with hot glue.