I’ve been looking for the perfect pair of shoes for the big day since November and have been particularly unsatisfied with pretty much everything Ottawa has to offer. With less than 2 months before my wedding, nothing was quite right, or special enough, or ME enough… until I found some inspiration on Pinterest.
I love them, but I had a few problems.
- I don’t know where to find them!
- They’re likely hella expensive, and I’m saving my pennies for all the big life stuff in 2017.
- They don’t really go with my wedding outfit.
Solution: Make my own!
I’ve been cross stitching since I was a young teen, and as a result, I have a bunch of finished and unfinished cross stitches that are sitting in a bin in my closet literally doing nothing. What a better way to show off a craft that I spent hours stitching than to get it on a pair of shoes!
The pair of shoes that I had been using for my dress fittings were about to get jacked up in the best way. I found a completed cross stitch of pink and yellow roses with some leafy greens, and after hopping over to my local art supply store for some Mod Podge, foam brushes, and an Exacto Knife, I had all the supplies to make this happen.
Step 1: Trace parts of the shoe I wanted to cover onto scrap fabric to create a pattern, leaving some seam and fold over allowance. I figured I’d keep things simple and just cover the heel and the toe parts.
Step 2: Pin the pattern pieces onto my cross stitch and make sure that each piece will have an even amount of stitching/colours/etc.
Step 3: Machine stitch around the pieces to prepare them for cutting. In hindsight I probably could have skipped this step as it didn’t really do anything for me later on in the process. I figured that it might reduce fraying or unravelling of stitches, but once I started putting things together with the Mod Podge, the threads weren’t going anywhere.
Step 4: Cut out the pieces and prepare for gluing to the shoes!
Step 5: Slather Mod Podge on the parts of the shoes to cover up and center the cross stitch over the part of the shoe being covered. Fold the edges over and secure with Mod Podge and binder clips. I was pretty generous with the Mod Podge, erring on the side of things being more secure instead of falling apart.
Step 6: Fuss around with making sure that all the edges are securely glued down. Use the Exacto-knife to do some detail work around the sole and strap buckle. I also had to get fancy on the curves of the heel to make the fabric bend.
Step 7: Take off the binder clips and goop some more Mod Podge on top of the cross stitched areas (this helped with securing loose threads and will hopefully protect the fabric and make it less delicate).
Step 8: Let it all dry.
It took about 5 hours to complete and get it right, and I’m super happy with the results. The shoes are a little stiff after the Great Mod-Podging of 2017, so I’m going to let them fully dry over the next 24 hours before breaking in the shoes again.
LOVE the final results and can’t wait to prance around in them at the wedding. Currently on the lookout for more things to cover in old cross stitches… Let me know if you have any ideas!