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Monday, October 1, 2012

DIY Bow Flats {a shoe makeover}

Before we begin, I must give credit where credit is due. I've been wanting to make a pair of bow flats with blue ticking ever since I saw Rachel's shoes, but Laine's post gave the courage to attempt painting my shoes with acrylic paint. Thanks guys!!

This is what I started with: a very gently used pair of pink flats. They were gorgeous, but I rarely wear pastels. The long square toe box also made my size 9.5 feet look even larger than normal. Something had to be done. 

I used Martha Stewart multi-surface craft paint. The color is "Grey Wolf". 

Here you can see the work in progress (paint still wet and shiny). I stuffed the shoe with paper at first, but later realized it really didn't make a difference to me....and thus you can see the paint inside the shoe in later pics. 

It took two thorough coats and one touch up to completely hide the pink. I was pleasantly surprised by how well the paint soaked into the synthetic material - it didn't feel "painted". 

To make a bow, cut two squares that measure roughly 3" x 5". 

With wrong sides together, stitch around the edges leaving a 1" gap in one side. Trim the edges close to the seams.

Turn inside out and poke out the corners.

Carefully stitch across your gap.

Accordion fold the rectangle down the middle. And it's a bow!

Pull a few stitches through to secure it. 

To further secure the bow, you can tie a strip of fabric around the middle. I didn't mind the raw edges, so I grabbed a discarded scrap and tied it around the middle. I think contrasting fabric would be cute as well. 

Trim the edges of your knotted center piece and flip the bow over. See? Can't even tell it's there.

Affix bows to shoes with hot glue. To avoid looking like perched butterflies, I glued down both the center and the tips of the bows. (Now that I inspect these blown up pictures, one of my bows looks crooked...must go fix.)

And that's it! Totally KnockoffAnthroChic. 

I plan to wear them tomorrow - maybe I can convince the husband to take a picture for me. 

Taking pictures of your own feet is so awkward.


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  1. So cute! I can't believe you painted shoes and they actually look that nice! Well done.


  2. Very cute! I loved how they turned out. I never thought to use acrylic paint before. I have a pair that need a makeover like this too

  3. Okay! Those are stinkin' cute! Good job. :)
    I'm your newest follower. I hope you will come by and say hi!

  4. Just out of curiosity - is that Waverly fabric?? I have a huge pile of that very same stripe :) Love the shoes.

    1. Yes it is! It was originally a curtain panel I got from the thrift store. I love that fabric!

    2. Those are adorable!! I LOVE your blog! I'm a new follower and was hoping that you might return the favor! Just go to:, read it, and follow me if you like it! That'd be AMAZING!!


    3. I knew it :) They were pretty curtains on my window for a few years, then I used the matching toile panels to make short valances and didnt use the striped curtains. I have since used that striped fabric to make SO MANY things!! LOVE IT...but I have so much leftover lol :)

  5. These shoes turned out SO well!

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  6. all your projects are so cute- glad I ran accross your blog! new follower!

  7. cute cute cute cute cute! lovvve this.

  8. Cute! I love the bow and the shoes look amazing painted! I would have never expected that.

  9. These came out so cute! Good fabric choice too :)


  10. Wow, those look just fabulous! I love the idea of painting shoes and have been wanting to try it for forever. I have a wedding coming up where I need gold shoes, so maybe I'll try it. Glad to hear it worked well for you! Thanks for sharing at The Fun In Functional!

  11. That's a really neat idea...I've never thought of painting shoes before. What a cool project and now you've got a nice pair of "new" shoes! I like 'em.

  12. Well done!!! That's great for cheap shoes too ;) Thanks for sharing it! I pinned it.
    I stopped by via a linky and now I'm a gfc follower

  13. Wow! I LOVE the way these shoes turned out! I never would have thought that you could PAINT shoes. Thanks for sharing. I definitely need to give this a try. :)

    (Visiting from the Simply Creation's Link Party)

  14. This is such a cute idea! I totally want to do this to all of my ugly flats. Haha Just wanted to let you know that you've been featured on Work It Wednesday! Thanks for linking up!

  15. These turned out so great! I saw you linked up on some other blog hops...Would love if if you linked up on my blog hop and added it to your list! Also let me know if you'd like to follow each other!

  16. That's such a cute way to revive old flats, especially square toed ones, you don't even notice they are square with the bows now :)



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