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WhatIWore:  It’s kind of silly to ever call denim a trend, but I’ve been seeing a lot more of it than your typical wide leg vs. flare vs. skinny leg discussion.   I was inspired to do a little makeover on these Pierre Hardy for GAP* wedges.  Here’s how!!

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Materials:

  • Shoes to upcycle
  • 1/4 yard of 100% cotton denim
  • 3 yards of trim
  • 1 package of clothes line rope
  • 1/4 yard muslin (to make your pattern)
  • Hot glue gun
  • Needle and thread

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First I created a pattern by laying muslin over the shoe and tracing the edges.  Next, I cut out my denim, giving myself a seam allowance for to sew the front to back and for the top strap and side straps.

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Slowly and carefully, I glued the denim to the top strap of the shoes, turning edges under and notching in corners for a smooth fit.

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Repeat for side straps

For the body of the shoe, I sewed the front and back pieces together, using the seam already on the shoe as a guideline. Make sure your fabric is taught and slowly and carefully glue to shoe.

Note: The less glue, the better - you can add more as you need it and gloppy hot glue won’t give your shoes the professional look you’re going for.

Next, add trim to cover your raw edges. I started and ended my trim on the inside of the shoe and used a diagonal cut to hide the start/stop point.

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Finally, I laced up my sandals with some clothes line rope I picked up at the Rural King. I love how it really adds to the nautical look of the shoes! 

What do you think?! Are you planning on adding any denim accessories to your Spring shopping list?

14 Mar 2011

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