Fashioning a Pair of Floral Sandals

My search for floral sandals has been a big fat bust. I generally need a wide in sandals that go across my forefoot, so that severely limits my choices. I didn’t want to spend $$$ on a pair of shoes that I might only wear one season…who knows if I will even like them next year??

So what is a girl to do? Well, if you are like me, then you craft a pair yourself! I have a pair of camel platform sandals that are a couple of years old. They are comfortable enough to wear all day at work, and they go well with pants and dresses (and even shorts if I was brave enough…but since they are about 3″ high, I haven’t gone there!)1

I had purchased some gorgeous floral stretch twill denim a few weeks ago from Marcy Tilton (sorry guys, I just checked and it is no longer available)to make a pair of skinny jeans (post coming soon on them), and had some scraps left that I thought would be perfect. This is probably the most expensive fabric I have ever bought ($18/yard) but it was worth every penny. Very high quality, yardage was cut on grain, and it washed and dried like a dream. I know, $18 a yard is not that expensive, but I really do bargain shop. Realizing that it only took 1 1/2 yards to make my jeans with leftover for sandals helps me see that I can afford to spend that (and more) on fabric to make high quality garments that are better quality and fit than RTW at three or even four times the price.


I gathered my supplies which included my chalk (love this stuff; don’t know how I sewed so long without it), ruler, fabric glue, and of course the fabric.


I measured the width of the sandal straps then cut the fabric in strips slightly wider. I ironed under a narrow hem on each side to help prevent the edges from raveling. Then I just started gluing away. On each end, I marked the angle the strap attached to the shoe, cut and folded the end under, glued down, and anchored with pins until it dried.

4 5 I let them dry overnight before I removed the pins. I used my seam ripper to make openings in the fabric where the ankle strap holes were. I am wearing them at work today, and so far they are holding up well.


So, have you ever given a pair of shoes a makeover? I was a little leery of attempting it, but have been pleasantly surprised at the outcome!


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