Putting the Right Foot Forward

Recently, when doing some research and trying to get inspired for my next piece, I got my hands on the latest edition of H&M Magazine.  I saw an article called ‘Putting On the Glitz’ and loved the idea behind the article!

“Shoes, old or new, will go from daywear to night fare with some great add-ons, like these new dazzling clips.  It’s all about bringing pizzazz to your feet and, in the process, making your shoe collection seem two or three times bigger.  Win-win situation”

(H&M Magazine Winter 2012, p.g. 12)

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I just adore the idea of being able to change and revamp shoes you already have as part of your collection, so it got me thinking, how can I make this work on my strict budget.  After a few minutes of thinking hard about it this is what I came up with, and figured since I love you all so much I would share with you!

Flats

scarf flats

Found these great pictures on the internet which illustrated my steps perfectly!

  1. You need a pair of flats, some thread, a needle, scissors, and a scarf.
  2. Cut up your scarf into four strips. Cut the strips wide enough so that you can fold them in half, stitch them up, and then flip them inside out. This will create a little tube of material.
  3. To make the tube you will stitch the scarf pieces on the two longer sides (to create long tubes of material as shown in picture above (top right corner) )
  4. After you’ve stitched the little scarf tubes, start stitching the fabric to your flats on the inner and outer sides of the top of the shoe (toe area).
  5. After you have both of the sides of your bow stitched to your shoe now tie the bow. If your scarf tube is too long, just cut it to size and stitch the edges under so they do not fray.

Pumps

pumps

Thanks to bloomspot for guidance on how to make these shoes! Check them out for awesome DIY tips as well!

GLITTER HEART SHOE CLIPS

  1. Cut out two heart-shaped pieces of sheet foam.  Used a paper template to make sure they were symmetrical.
  2. Paint foam with color of choice and let dry.
  3. Paint on a layer of craft glue, sprinkle generously with glitter, and let dry.
  4. Attach flat-backed metal clips to the back sides with hot glue.

ANTHRO-INSPIRED SHOE CLIPS (The red shoe with navy gem in picture)

  1. Cut out two scalloped oval-shaped pieces of sheet foam.
  2. Place vintage clip-on earrings on foam and mark where you’d like the earring’s base to be on each piece.
  3. With an exacto knife, cut a small horizontal slit on the marks you’ve made.
  4. Slip the earrings’ clips through the slits in the foam.
  5. Mark off the left and right ends with tape, paint with craft glue, and sprinkle generously with microbeads.
  6. Use craft glue to attach gems around the edges.

RETRO DIAMOND SHOE CLIPS (The navy shoe with retro turquoise gem)

  1. Cut out two square pieces of sheet foam.
  2. Paint color of choice and let dry.
  3. Paint on a layer of craft glue, sprinkle generously with glitter, and let dry.
  4. Turn the square 45 degrees, so it’s now a diamond. Place clip-on earrings on the foam squares, wherever you’d like them to be (I centered mine).
  5. Mark the base of the clip. With the exacto knife, cut a small horizontal slit where each clip-on earring’s base will be.
  6. Slip the earrings’ clips through the slits in the foam.

HOLIDAY BOW SHOE CLIPS (Pink bow and Purple shoe with Gold heart)

  1. Cut out two heart-shaped pieces of sheet foam.
  2. Cover foam with fabric and secure with hot glue.
  3. Paint vintage clip-on earrings with craft glue, dip in glitter, and let dry.
  4. With an exacto knife, cut a small horizontal slit where you’d like each clip-on earring’s base to be.
  5. Slip the earrings’ clips through the slits in the foam.
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