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.