Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Yard Sale Shoes Get a Makeover

I am absolutely obsessed with fabric covered buttons right now. They are easy to make and inexpensive..... instant gratification! How can you not love that, right? You can buy covered button kits at any craft store for around $3. They come in different sizes from x-small to x-large. I decided to use the large buttons for my shoe makeover so more of the pattern would be visible. I found this great zebra fabric in the clearance bin at Hobby Lobby, along with the adorable geometric pattern I'm standing on. I knew the zebra would be perfect for my yard sale shoe refashion.

I started with these basic black flats I found at a yard sale. I bought them thinking I really needed to have a simple flat in my wardrobe. Well, the problem with that is.....I actually hate flats! I'm ashamed to admit that I succumbed to fashion trend peer pressure. Everyone else is doing it....so I guess I should too? Except for the fact that I have short stubby legs and should not under any circumstances be allowed to wear flats (flip flops don't count) with anything other than pants! Yes, I make up crazy fashion rules for myself. I'm a weirdo. So, in an effort to break outside my nutty fashion rule box, I decided to cutesy up my shoes. I followed the simple instructions on the box and had the buttons made in less than 2 minutes. I then snipped off the metal loop on the back of the button and hot glued two circles of black felt over that spot. Next I hot glued the button right onto the shoe.....and voila'. Now I'm in love with them and can't wait to flaunt my sassy new flats, complete with stubby legs attached!

While on my button making frenzy, I also made these hair ties. This is the medium sized button, but I think the large would be even cuter.

The back of the button has a metal loop meant for sewing it onto something. It's also perfect for attaching a hair elastic. Next, I'm going to make some tiny covered button hair ties for my girls' pigtails! How adorable is that?

And just because I can't get enough of these shoes that I once hated.....I'm showing them again!

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Jen @ tatertotsandjello.com said...

I couldn't love those shoes more if I tried! I am the same way with flats! I have the hardest time getting myself to wear them!


Amanda @ Healthy House on the Block said...

Oooh! LOVE those! They are too stinkin' cute! I would be staring at my feet all day admiring those little flats. :)

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

The shoes are fabulous, and I love the bows too! Maybe I can sneak one more pair of shoes into my closet. ;)

Nadir @ Hodgepodge said...

Adorable! And so simple too! I want some of those elastic & button hair ties myself! :-D

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Great idea, Amanda! I love it! I have flats, too, that I rarely if ever wear. I'd love to wear them, but most of the time I get a blister on the back of my foot, so they are not a full day shoe for me.

Richella Parham said...

Oh, so cute!

I love love love covered buttons. . . but I've never thought of using them for shoes or hair elastics or anything for my person--I've only used them in decorating! You are such a smart girl.

And now I have another reason to like you. You have short legs, too. I am not a short person--I'm 5'6", which isn't short--but I have the shortest legs! It's a family joke, I'm afraid. Unless I'm sitting in a very shallow chair, my feet never touch the floor!

Alison @ Oopsey Daisy said...

These are simply gorgeous!!!

Unknown said...

Thanks for sharing this fabulous idea...The shoes look so trendy and comfy!!

Melissa @ The Inspired Room said...

completely ADORABLE!!!!

FranklyBecca said...

i may need to borrow some of your black and white polka dot fabric ma'am. I have the opposite of that one and i love it, but i think i love the black too. def need me a hair tie with that one!!

i too am obsessed with fabric covered buttons right now, if there is something to make with them, i am so on it. i think i need to find a new 'it' thing though.

Lessons Learned said...

i'm obsessed with the buttons too these days. i used to see them and be in awe. i'm still in awe, but without the envy now since i know how to do it. such a cute idea for flats!

Unknown said...

What a FAB idea!!


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Staci J said...

A simple accessory goes a long way huh! I love the zebra fabric! Visiting from Fireflies and Jellybeans

Andrea said...

Super cute!! Stop on by and link up to Make It Wear It Thursdays at TheTrainToCrazy.com!

Brianna! said...

Super Simple PLUS adorable EQUALS



Pam Walter said...

I love flats and your buttons make them even cuter! www.satisfiedsole.com

Melanie said...

I thought the shoes were cute, but then saw the hair ties, genius! Thanks for sharing:)

Lori said...

Thanks for joining Get Your Craft on Thursday at Life as Lori!

I'm in total love with your shoes!!!! very nice job!

Elisabetta said...

Great idea! thanks for sharing!
Kisses, Beth

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Thank you for sharing with us.
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