How to Recycle Fabric Scraps...into Restyled Shoes!comments (11) April 10th, 2009
After a recent fabric project, I was left with a pile of tiny scraps—all triangular but much too small to use in any kind of sewing. But I loved how they looked jumbled together, so I started casting about for ways to reuse them. In my closet I found a pair of canvas shoes that have seen better days but need to last one more season. And voila!
What you'll need:
- Canvas shoes
- Low-tack painter's tape
- Fabric Mod Podge (see link below)
- Fabric scraps
- Paintbrush, 1 inch or smaller
- Small dish
You can use any canvas shoe for this project—tennis shoes, espadrilles, ballet flats, etc. Before you begin, remove any laces and run the shoes through the washer and dryer to get them as clean as possible. Don't use any fabric softener—that will prevent the Mod Podge from adhering well to the canvas.
Protect your work surface with some paper. Then mask any noncanvas parts of the shoes with low-tack painter's tape. To pass the tape along a curved edge, you can clip it, as shown, or place lots of small pieces of tape along the curve.
Now to decoupage the fabric scraps onto the shoe. Pour some Fabric Mod Podge into a small dish. Working one section at a time, brush a medium-thick coat of glue onto the shoe. Then lightly press the fabric scraps into the glue one at a time, overlapping them as you like. (This process goes pretty quickly, by the way.)