How I created my decoupage shoes for Comicon


Oh this may be my favourite creation to date!! I am in love with my shoes!

When I created my new POP! shelf I fell in love with the DC material and so made my bangle... oh but I had so much more of this material left and no bangle is complete without new shoes to go with it, (Yeah that's a thing), and so my wonder-woman DC shoes were born.

These are my first pair of shoes I've recovered with fabric and I have to admit, I am very pleased with the outcome - oh these babies have been coming to work with me!  Who said accountants were boring?

I try not to spend to much when redecorating / revamping pieces as it is so easy to get carried away, but when I saw a special offer on plain black shoes from Marks & Spencers I snapped them up.

Marks & Spencers shoes
M&S Shoes on Sale
Patent shoes are great for recovering with material via Mod Podge.  I covered my entire shoe in one hit, this is due to the fact I covered the whole shoe with one piece of material rather than in strips.

Covering the shoe with Mod Podge
There are a couple of options here with regard to covering the shoe.  I could have used strips and covered each shoe in sections, but I chose to use one piece to cover the entire shoe.  Mainly because I didn't think I would be able to line the pattern up nicely.

Decoupage Shoes for ComicCon
Covering the entire shoe with the new fabric
I worked from the front and smoothed the material over the shoe, once I reached the back I slit the material to enable the material to be folded over.

I then used a very sharp craft knife to run along the bottom of the shoe.  This was a very slow process and occasionally the material did snag slightly, I just covered this over with a bit of Mod Podge and everything was fine.  I don't have anyone kissing my feet so I figured little errors you can't see from sitting were fine.

Decoupage Shoes for ComicCon
Trimming the edges 
No idea why I chose that step first, I think in my mind I thought that was going to be a hardest step and wanted it out the way.  In hindsight it wasn't as bad as I'd imagined.

I then carefully cut out the middle section of the shoe, trying to stay as close to the edge as possible, this again is a slow process, but so worth the end result.

Decoupage Shoes for ComicCon
Cutting out the middle section 
These shoes have lovely edging around the top and I used the same process as the bottom for the top and very slowly cut along the edging.  Whenever a piece slightly snagged, and lets be honest here, of course they did!  I just used some Mod Podge to fix the snag and carried on.

That's it basically.  My advice would be to take your time and go slowly round each shoe and you'll have wonderful shoes like me :-)

Decoupage Shoes for ComicCon
Decoupage Shoes for ComicCon
Decoupage Shoes for ComicCon


I have also completed a second pair of shoes using comic books rather than fabric, the process is slightly different in that you cut your images first then place them on the shoes so there is less edging to trim.
Decoupage Shoes for ComicCon
Paten shoes idea for comic book coverage
With the comic pages I created the edges first and then went through my books to select the relevant art pieces to place on the shoes.

Decoupage Shoes for ComicCon
Starting with the edges
Selecting my pieces for the shoes.
I covered the images with Mod Podge as I went along to give them added protection as these are more exposed to wear and tear than the material shoes above.

Decoupage Shoes for ComicCon
Adding the Mod Podge
Once the shoes were completed I sold them!  I know, go me!!  Mum had given me the shoes as they were too small for her and they were definitely too small for me so I thought, why not!  The proceeds of which went to my local charity WADARS.

Go me!!

So which are your favourite?  As a Marvel fan I'm rather shocked to say I'm loving my DC shoes more ;-)
How I created my decoupage shoes for Comicon
DC Girls 
How I created my decoupage shoes for Comicon
Avengers shoes
How I created my decoupage shoes for Comicon
My new favourite shoes
How I created my decoupage shoes for Comicon
My first sale



6 comments:

  1. You did a fantastic job! I made a pair of comic shoes before and it was super fun!

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    1. They really are good fun to make aren't they :-)

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  2. Those shoes are ace. What a great idea! You're really talented x

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    1. Thank you Donna, I think this has become my new favourite pass time

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  3. oh my goodness Rachael - is there any item that you cannot transform! You seem to be able to give any item or object a brilliant makeover! x

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    1. hehe I think the question is, is there nothing I wont cover in Marvel ;)

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