April 30, 2014

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Fun & Easy Shoe Spiff

UPDATE:  Thanks to everyone who entered our giveaway! It is now closed, the winner is comment #36, Sandy, who said "My favorite pair of shoes are the boots, oh my just love me some good boots." How right you are, Sandy! We'll be in contact with you via email soon :)

 

Itching for a new project? How about giving those boring old doll shoes a makeover? 

All you need is some fabric or lace, your plain shoes, and some mod podge! 

Start by taking off any embellishments (these little bows just peeled right off).

Cut an oval-shaped piece of lace or fabric; make it slightly larger than the shoe so you have enough to overlap. Cut a slit up the back.

Coat the shoe with mod podge, and gently position the lace, arranging it so that the slit lands at the back. Trim off the extra at the back, leaving just enough for a small overlap.  

Trim off the extra lace around the sole line. Stick down any rebellious raw edges with more mod podge!

Trim the extra fabric around the inside edge of the shoe down to about 1/4" or 3/8", and cut little slits into the remaining lace. Then, glue the little lace 'tabs' down into the inside of the shoe. Give the shoe a final coat of mod podge, and let it dry overnight.

Embellishment time! After much deliberation, I went for these little fabric flowers; but you could just as easily use sequins, beads, buttons, or ribbon bows. (So many options!) In any case, hot glue works wonders to affix them to the shoe. 

NOW: would you like to win this pair of shoes, instead of making them? Super! 

To enter, just leave a comment answering this question: "My favorite pair of shoes is..."  (because, let's be honest, who doesn't love a good shoe story!) 

We'll run the giveaway through Monday, May 5th, pick a winner randomly, and contact them via email.

 

Thanks for following along, and happy shoe-spiffing!

For Pixie Faire,
Melinda


69 Comments

Judy Sucher
Judy Sucher

January 21, 2016

My favorite pair of shoes are my little black Slip On with sparkly sequence toe front…I also love my Combat Boots they are great for trucking through anything…Love them…

Priscilla
Priscilla

March 27, 2015

Shiny, pewter-color sling back pumps – I bought these shoes and matched my mother-of-the-bride to the shoes I loved them so much!

mary ann
mary ann

February 03, 2015

my favorite shoes are the comfy ones that are desired by another…they must have character if someone else likes them…

Linda
Linda

February 03, 2015

My favorite pair of shoes is my cheetah print bedroom slippers. As soon I get home, I take my shoes off and slip my feet in my comfortable slippers.

Magda
Magda

January 03, 2015

That’s way more clever than I was exgpntice. Thanks!

Wendy wheeler
Wendy wheeler

December 19, 2014

I have a pair of yellow, red, green, grey and black pair of Fly shoes that I love!

Alice Carskaddon
Alice Carskaddon

December 19, 2014

To be honest my favorite pair shoes are any I can kick off and go barefoot fast…

Debbie
Debbie

December 19, 2014

I love shoes, too many pairs to count. Over the many years clothing sizes have changed, but my faithful shoe size is always the same. My favorite memory of shoes are the red boots I wanted as a child. Sure Santas elves had made them, never saw a pair in the stores. But magically they appeared Christmas morning.

Bee
Bee

December 19, 2014

My favorite pair of shoes were my old saddle shoes! Had to be like my Aunts and cousins – every where, everyday – keep them white! What a trip.

Jessica
Jessica

December 19, 2014

MY FAVORITE PAIR OF SHOES IS…any of my Minnetonka styles. They are so comfy, but let my foot do what it’s supposed to do: flex, bend, and breathe. I love them so much I own 7+ pairs and wear them in every season. My sneakers and heels are pretty envious!

Lynne Marie
Lynne Marie

December 19, 2014

My favorite pair of shoes is….honestly any pair of shoes, even slippers perfectly matched to the outfit! LOVE shoes as an important fashion accessory to ANY outfit. The shoes are important and make the outfit.

Sandee
Sandee

December 19, 2014

My favorite pair of shoes are the lace heels I wore to our sons wedding. Are they comfortable no, no, no but as you said it is the story behind the shoes. I bring them out of the box sometimes and just wear them around the house because of the wonderful memories of that day come back of the union of our son and our daughter-in-law, dancing, laughing, crying, and love.

Caroline
Caroline

July 09, 2014

My favorite pair of shoes is my pair of silver sparkly, low-wedge heel, knock off converse shoes that I put angel wings on. I made the wings myself and random people tell me they like them all the time :)

Cynthia
Cynthia

May 30, 2014

My favorite pair of shoes are the gray Toms I bought in January. I never thought them to look comfortable or cute for that matter, but I was wrong. They are shoes I can wear all day and feel like I am wearing my slippers. The color goes with everything. From here on out, I will rethink things when I view them to be to my disliking. Sometimes you can be surprised!

Anna
Anna

May 05, 2014

My Favorite Shoes are some Peach High Heel Peep Toes. They’re Amazingly Cute, and I get Lots of Compliments on them!

Lesley from NE
Lesley from NE

May 05, 2014

My favorite pair of shoes are my ballet flat crocs! They are cute and comfy and resonably $$$ which is important when you are a mom. =)

Darlene
Darlene

May 05, 2014

I love my walking shoes. Thank you for the tutorial.

Laura
Laura

May 05, 2014

My favorite shoes are my birkies. The are so comfortable and I can walk all day without being tired.

Angel
Angel

May 05, 2014

I am a lazy relaxation kid, and I have to say that my favourite shoes are British Knight or Lee Cooper ankle height shoes. I love canvas shoes and BK have an epicly awesome way of making their shoes change looks just by maybe folding something down there, or flipping something up! I am also a Crocs kid, but I can only afford the look alikes.

Aggie
Aggie

May 05, 2014

Favorite shoes are Clarks slip ons. Have more holes than shoe almost but can’t find a replacement yet. For the dolls, I love the boots.

Marci
Marci

May 05, 2014

My fave shoes are rockin’ black riding (horse) boots with a low heel. Very comfy and versatile. Everyone who sees them compliments them. Nursing the wonderful things along long after they should be put down for having Founders. ;)

Marcia
Marcia

May 05, 2014

My favorite pair of shoes are my Luchesse boots!!! Feel like they were made just for my foot since the day I bought them…..Now they are 9 years old, re-heeled and soled and still wonderful!!

Eileen
Eileen

May 05, 2014

My favorite pair of shoes are the cowboy boots I made for my daughters doll. They are so easy to put on and look adorable. I even tried some extra stitches to make it look unique.

janet smith
janet smith

May 05, 2014

My favorite shoes are my sandals. They are as close to no shoes as possible!

Sharon
Sharon

May 05, 2014

My favorite pair of shoes are my flip-flops – especially grateful to be wearing them after the long hard winter we had!

Bethany
Bethany

May 05, 2014

My favorite pair of shoes is my boots. Right now, it’s too warm to wear them, but they are very warm and fashionable in the wintertime!

Sandra
Sandra

May 05, 2014

My favourite shoes are what I call ‘worth their weight in gold’ slippers….. metallic gold lycra with leopard lining and suede soles….. made by hand … by me… for my 18" doll….. first (and last) attempt at shoemaking… so labour intensive…. sigh. I’ve since found a great source for quality shoes and no longer fret over the ‘right shoe’ for my outfits. :)

Winter Boomershine
Winter Boomershine

May 04, 2014

My favorite shoes are my lime green Birkies! They’re always comfy and I love the color.

fran stroud
fran stroud

May 04, 2014

my new purple flip flops

Emeselle
Emeselle

May 04, 2014

My favorite pair of shoes is my faux alligator metallic flats. I am so sad they are starting to wear out! They make jeans and a t shirt look like a fashion statement.

Laura Ciampa
Laura Ciampa

May 04, 2014

My favorite pair of shoes was a pair of green plastic play high heels with gold elastic straps across the toes and around the heel. I had them when I was 5 years old (around 1963)… Our house had caught fire while I was taking a nap… my sister was babysitting me and decided she would find just the right pair of shoes to go out of the house into the 3 inches of ice that covered the ground…. I (being obviously much more afraid than she was) opted for the closest thing I could find… The play high heels ! Been my favorite pair of shoes ever since (btw…. I never did put them on, just ran with them in my hand :)

Bert
Bert

May 04, 2014

My favorite shoes are the ones God gave me, second favorite – my Green Thom’s.

Ann
Ann

May 04, 2014

I love my running shoes because I feel strong when I run.

Barb
Barb

May 04, 2014

My faves are a pair of flip flops! Wear them every day!

Laurie
Laurie

May 04, 2014

My favorite pair of shoes are my riding boots!

Mary
Mary

May 04, 2014

My favorite pair of shoes are flip flops and leather moccasins.

Becky
Becky

May 04, 2014

I wear a size 5 shoe so my favorites are those that actually fit properly. They get resoled and new heels until they fall apart; when it is warm I am barefoot or in sandals.

Nadine
Nadine

May 04, 2014

My favorite shoes are leather moccasin slippers that I wear around the house.

Merry Gray
Merry Gray

May 04, 2014

My favorite pair of shoes are any pair I’m NOT wearing! Lol I’m a bare feet country gal. Having big feet my whole life I’ve worn too many improperly fitting shoes. Luckily now they make them but my favorite are just my own two feet! :)

Jeri
Jeri

May 04, 2014

Love Clark’s bendable sandals. As far as my AG girls….too many to choose a fave. :)

Heather K.
Heather K.

May 04, 2014

My black Chuck Taylor’s. I’ve worn them (out a pair just like them) since high school. :)

Kirren
Kirren

May 04, 2014

My favorite pair of shoes are my white eyelet lace shoes I had when I was younger. They had sparkles on them too, and were just so pretty.

Marge R (mer)
Marge R (mer)

May 04, 2014

I live in Clark’s ‘Bendables’ sandals since I live in the desert SW and they are SOOO comfortable day in/day out! My feet prefer not to be enclosed! ;~)

gloria
gloria

May 04, 2014

My favorite pair of shoes is a pair of Cobbie Cuddler[?] sandles. The straps across the top of my foot are velcro’d so they are always adjustable no matter the temperature or any increase in my size. Bought them in 2004 for a trip to AZ. I’ve worn them out now and can’t find a similar pair. But, although the soles have splits across the bottoms, I still haven’t thrown them away. One never knows.

Debbie
Debbie

May 04, 2014

My favorite pair of shoes are my flip-flops. I have every color!

Diane
Diane

May 04, 2014

I love any shoes by Alegria …. and after seeing this great tute, I’ve figured out how to make some for my “girls” !!! Thanks for the big hint!

Vicki
Vicki

May 04, 2014

My favorite pair of shoes is my Sperry’s because they are just so comfortable

Jennifer
Jennifer

May 04, 2014

To be honest my favorite pair of shoes are none at all. If I felt comfortable waking around barefoot all the time I would, but the hot pavement, sharp objects, germs, gunk grime … they keep me putting shoes on. If I had to choose one pair of shoes in my stash it would be my slippers, because who doesn’t like soft fuzziness next to their skin.

Kathi Martin
Kathi Martin

May 04, 2014

My favorite pair of shoes are the gladiator sandals! Love them!

sandy mize
sandy mize

May 04, 2014

My favorite pair of shoes are the boots, oh my just love me some good boots.

Teresa Maddox
Teresa Maddox

May 04, 2014

Actually I prefer to go barefoot. But I love my sandals I would wear akl yr along if we didn’t have winter and snow!!!!

Sherry
Sherry

May 04, 2014

My favorite pair of shoes are my strappy Birkenstocks, The only time I don’t wear then id if I have to REALLY dress up

Barbara
Barbara

May 04, 2014

My favorite pair of shoes is any kind of sandals. Summer..Please hurry!

Hope
Hope

May 04, 2014

My favorite pair of shoes are my flip-flops. They are comfortable and nice to wear in the summer!

Doreen
Doreen

May 04, 2014

I love my Birkenstock clogs, great shoes for support and easy on and off.

N
N

May 04, 2014

I love my simple black flats that work with pretty much anything.

Jessica
Jessica

May 04, 2014

I love my running shoes

Angela Bavuso
Angela Bavuso

May 04, 2014

My favorite shoes are my tennis shoes. They are comfortable and with having 5 children I am always on the move.

Inga
Inga

May 04, 2014

Favorite pair: we had clogs growing up..straight from Denmark. Comfy, easy to slip on and off. Since my grandmother died, we don’t get them anymore. :-(
Grammi Sharon
Grammi Sharon

May 04, 2014

My favorite shoes at the moment is my black Keens because I can keep busy and active all day and my feet feel terrific.

Tonya
Tonya

May 04, 2014

My favorite shoes are my Aqua Birkenstock sandals. They are comfy and such a fun color!

Alice Williams
Alice Williams

May 04, 2014

My favorite pair of shoes are clear plastic strappy heels. Make me feel like Cinderella. :)

pat
pat

May 04, 2014

my favorite pair of shoes are Easy Spirit Traveltime. They make my feet smile!

Mindy
Mindy

May 04, 2014

My bear paw boots. Warm, soft, easy to slip on and goes with everything!

Jessica K
Jessica K

May 04, 2014

Flip flops!

Jessica
Jessica

May 03, 2014

My favorite pair of shoes are my mom’s Vince Camuto gold gladiator sandals. I love them so much I’ve searched everywhere for my own pair! Hopefully I’ll find a pair of my own soon!

Carol
Carol

May 02, 2014

My fave shoes are a pair of tiny navy shoes, I wore them as a child and my dolls used too! :)

Carol
Carol

May 02, 2014

My fave shoes are a pair of tiny navy shoes, I wore them as a child and my dolls used too! :)

Dawn
Dawn

May 02, 2014

My favorite pair of shoes is my pair of two toned Bimini stichout Toms because they are very comfortable and look great.

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