ahoy, me hearties! here is me latest DIY project: canvas espadrille wedges (bought at Ross) with red duct-tape stripes, rope bows and jute (or jute-like?) trimming.
what i used:
canvas wedges from Ross (had to buy two pairs since they were relatively inexpensive; the other pair was used to make my cherry shoes)
one 8.25"x10" red duct tape sheet (by Duck brand)
off white decorative rope - about a yard
jute or jute-like trimming (not sure what it really is) - about 1.5 yards
four round wooden beads
hot glue gun, masking tape, scissors, cutting board, xacto knife and a ruler
(all supplies and tools from JoAnns)
i first, cut my duct-tape sheet in 3/4" wide stripes. then, applied stripes to the shoes as pictured above.
next, i hot glued my trimming around the shoe using tips from Jessica of What I Wore. her tips were: not to use too much glue; and start and finish on the inside of the shoe using a diagonal cut to hide the start/stop point (as shown above).
now, it's time to make those rope bows. before you cut, tape the area you're cutting with masking tape (as shown below):
tie the decorative rope into two bows. apply small amount of hot glue inside the beads and attach to each end (leaving masking tape on); and then hot glue or hand stitch the finished bows to the front of each shoe.
make sure to cover inside of your shoe with stripes all the way to avoid this:
since i forgot to take "before" pictures, i searched online and found a photo of what my shoes looked like originally. i love the look of just natural canvas, but the problem is i already own three pairs of beige wedges...
|Naturalizer espadrille wedges at Famous Footwear (i bought mine at Ross)|
also, after i had already posted this DIY, i remembered seeing a picture of Blondie in a dress that looks as if it had red duct tape on it. of course, if you are Debbie Harry you can rock that or even a garbage-bag costume for that matter. no problem!
i'm linking up: