May 18, 2011

Summer Sandal Makeover from Craftaholics Anonymous

Hello Crafters! My name is Linda and I'm a Craftaholic. for reals. The hubs did an intervention and everything. well i started Craftaholics Anonymous because basically, its cheaper than therapy! ANYWAYS, I'm so happy Mandy invited me to come play today! i have a fun little summer sandal makeover for ya. i think you're gonna love it too! it involves ruffles. {sigh} i'm obsessed with anything ruffled! ok, i'll stop chatting and get to it!

I took simply black sandals, added a ruffle, and turned them into my "Little Black Sandals"! :) and its easy too!
  • sandals
  • i used 1/8 of a yard of swim suit fabric {lycra}
  • thread and needle
  • glue gun {how could i live without it?}
  • lighter/candle/fray check
taking these black sandals from simple to sexy in a few mins flat! here's how:
Step 1. measure how long the strap is that you want to add ruffles to. mine measured 3 inches. (i didn't want ruffles between my toes) take that number and multiply it by 10. for example: 3" times 10" = 30". this will be your fabric's length.
Step 2. next cut two 4" strips by the length you determined in the step before. so i cut two 4"x30" strips of fabric.
Step 3. using a lighter or candle, lightly singe all edges of each strip to prevent fraying. it made my edges curl slightly, which i thought was a cool look. plus i'm impatient. but fray check would work great too. especially for any other color of fabric than black because it can turn your edges black.
Step 4. fold your strips in half length wise, shiny side on the inside. and iron with cool iron. i only wanted hints of shiny material in the ruffles for more depth and texture. i didn't want too much shine. but you could totally do shiny side out for a different look.
Step 5. sew a basting stitch (long stitch, no back stitching) along the edge without going off.
Step 6. pull one thread to create gathers. you'll want to gather it pretty tightly.
Step 7. take the gathers and fold into ruffles.
Step 8. using a needle and thread, hand stitch the ruffles in place and trim excess threads.
Step 9. hot glue the ruffles to your sandal strap. for my sandals, hot glue worked great because of the stitching on the sandal strap created a strong bond. if your sandals do not have stitching or a rough texture, you may want to use a different adhesive.
now enjoy your sexy new foot candy all summer long!

stop by Craftaholics Anonymous sometime and check out my other 70+ tutorials!
happy crafting!
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Mandy is a craft blogger who loves to blog and enjoys all things crafty, sewing, and DIY - she feels that if she can do something, you can too, and provides tutorials to help you along the way. She loves being a mom to 4 awesome kiddos and blogs from the Kansas City Area. Follow her on Facebook or Twitter or Google +

6 Fabulous Comments:

Love those sandals. How clever of you to think of that! And I didn't even know there was such a thing as swimsuit fabric.

I know EXACTLY which shoes i will be redoing!! LOVE LOVE LOVE this!!

Those sandals look awesome!! Love the blog and I just became a follower. Can't wait til the next Take a Look Tuesday.

What a great idea! I live in KC too :)

Those are TOO cute!!! Ruffles are the best! :)

really cute!!! awesome tutorial.

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