Boutique Style Flats – Shoe Refashion

You guys.

Ok  – most of you know I have a shoe thing right? This is not a secret.

But now I think I’m getting addicted to this whole shoe-refashioning thing – check out my latest creation!

Boutique Style Shoe Refashion

Aren’t they just the cutest??

cute flat refashion

They’re even adorable in the back!

Lace and polkadot flats

I have had these little flats from Walmart for ages – I just couldn’t decide what to do. But this weekend I got to playing with fabric and mod podge and I love how they turned out!

Boutique style flats

These are super easy to do – and pretty quick! The longest part is waiting for everything to dry.

So here’s what you’ll need:

  • Plain flats – mine are from Walmart
  • Fabric to cover toes
  • lace
  • fabric and rhinestone buckle for bow
  • permanent marker
  • mod podge
  • E-6000

Start out with some plain flats. Cheapies are totally fine.

Plain Walmart Flats

If yours have a little bow – chop that off.

refashioning flats

With your permanent marker, draw on some little polkadots. You don’t need to get the toe covered, but put them everywhere else.

making polkadots with a sharpie

I found that the slower I drew them on, the more round they looked.

polkadot flats

Cut a piece of scrap fabric to make a pattern for the toe piece. Fold the fabric around the toe and use a marker to draw in where the leather of the toe ends. Cut this out, then use it to cut out your good fabric. Cover the toe of the shoe with Mod Podge all the way to the tip and lay your fabric over it. Make sure the toe lays down as flat as possible.

mod podge fabric to shoe

Let this dry for about 15 minutes. Once it’s dry, if your fabric overlaps the base of the shoe a bit, you can tuck in with a needle. If it’s longer than that, trim it off by running an exacto knife between the leather and the sole.

Put another coat of Mod Podge on top of the fabric to seal it better.

While the Mod Podge is still wet, lay a piece of lace over the edge of the fabric. Trim the lace so it ends just at the sole of the shoe on either side.

fabric and lace mod podge

Once this dries, add another coat of Mod Podge over the top.

While that’s all drying, add pieces of lace to the back of the flat. If you have a little center piece like I do, you can add the lace on either side. If you don’t you can just put a pretty piece of lace down the center.

mod podge lace flats

Cut a piece of fabric for the bow 2 1/2″ x 4 1/2″. Fold the piece in half long ways, right sides together, and sew down the long edge with a 1/4″ seam allowance. Turn right side out and press with the seam in the center.

fabric for bows

Feed the tube through your little rhinestone buckle and fold the ends to the back side. Sew the ends together and to the back of the bow by hand.

rhinestone and fabric bows

Add a good amount of E-6000 (or other very strong glue) to the back of the bow. Glue the bow to the front of your flat. Snag one of your hubby’s clamps to hold the bow in place.

gluing bows to shows

Once everything is all dry – you’re all done!

Pop on your new shoes and take them for a spin!

Mod Podge fabric onto shoes

shoe refashion tutorial

How to Refashion Shoes

Fabric Lace and Bow shoes

What do you think? Would you give them a try?

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  • Reply April 28, 2013

    Christy@Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

    What an awesome transformation! These are absolutely adorable!!!

  • Reply April 28, 2013


    These are so sweet! Love ‘um!

  • Reply April 28, 2013


    So cute!!!

  • Reply April 28, 2013


    Great project! you transformed the plain shoes to beautiful one! Thank you for sharing :)

  • Reply April 28, 2013


    So cute!!! Love unique shoes! Visiting from Roadkill rescue. So glad I did!

  • Reply May 1, 2013


    These are so cute! I am going to look for flats like this when I go to Walmart tomorrow. I love the polkadots, too! I can never spend too much on shoes because I end up scuffing them up or something and end up feeling guilty I spend so much on them. This is an awesome idea! And I’ll do some for my girls, too! My oldest constantly wants “fancy shoes” and this is such a cute way to do that!

  • Reply May 4, 2013


    What a creative way to up-grade shoes! I’ve seen fabric covered, paper covered, glitter, etc. but NOTHING quite as unique as this. Congrats on a wonderful tutorial!

  • Reply May 8, 2013


    Are you kidding?! So stinking cute! Wonderful job/idea.

  • Reply May 12, 2013


    Found you through Mod Podge Rocks & Cheltenham Road – these are so adorable, and I’m going to do this project this week!!

  • Reply September 21, 2014


    Wow. What a creative mind. You really took it to the fashion world. These shoes are beautiful. I enjoy reviewing your website. Thanks.

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