We're back with more DIY tips, just in time for Christmas!
If you're feeling overwhelmed this holiday season, you're not alone. Take a
moment to step back, sit down, and do a little therapeutic crafting—you'll be
surprised by how much fun it can be! Not only that, but when you're done, you
have a lovely handmade gift for someone special. Many of you have enjoyed
Englin's holiday sales and will be wrapping up shoes to slip under the tree, so
why not add a little personalized accessory to make your present even more
special? This project is quick, easy, and can totally transform a pair of shoes
without making any permanent alterations.
DIY Shoe Clips
What You Need:
- Two (2)
buttons or beads
(2) shoe clips
Last time, we taught you how to make super simple DIY Shoelaces. These shoe clips require just a little bit more effort, but the
results are so worth it! Fabric flowers adorn this particular set, but the possibilities
for this project are infinite.
You probably already have most of the materials lying around
the house. You'll need just a bit of fabric—this can be from remnants or even
old clothes. We used some printed fabric that was leftover from
another project. A pair of buttons or beads will serve as the flowers' centers.
Shoe clips are a little bit harder to come by, so you'll likely have to stop by
your local craft or fabric store to find them. Finally, a needle and thread,
scissors, a pencil, and a hot glue gun will help you put it all together.
Step 1: Trace 10 circles that are 2 inches in diameter on your fabric,
then cut them out.
Our fabric was a little wrinkly, but it doesn't matter!
You can use a regular pencil or a fabric pencil for this
step. The circles don't have to be exactly 2 inches as long as they are all the
same size. The easiest way to complete this step is to find a suitably-sized
circular object to trace around, like a small jar lid. (It's also a good idea
to go ahead and plug in your hot glue gun so that it will be ready for later.)
Step 2: Fold your circles in half.
If your fabric is only printed on one side, make sure you
keep the print on the outside and fold the blank side inward.
Step 3: Using a running stitch, start sewing along the folded edge of
your first circle.
You don't have to be a seamstress to perform this easy stitch, and it doesn't need to be perfectly even-- it won't be seen!
Cut a length of thread—two feet is more than enough—and knot
one end. Thread your needle with the other end, then poke your needle through
both layers of fabric at one corner of your folded circle and pull the knot
tight against the fabric. A running stitch is the simplest way to sew, and you
probably know how even if you don't know what it's called: just take the thread
through the fabric every ¼ inch or so, so that the visible thread alternates
between front and back. If you need a visual, imagine the way a dolphin leaps
in and out of the water! Sew through both layers all along the folded edge of
Step 4: Keep attaching more circles until you've sewn 5 circles
If you stitched through from front to back at the end of one circle, it seems easiest to begin the new one with a front-to-back stitch.
When you come to the end of one circle, start sewing another
with the same thread, pulling the new circle tight against the previous one.
Soon you'll have a chain of half-circles. Use 5 per flower if you want
a classic look.
Step 5: Pull the thread to make petals.
After the fifth circle, pull on your thread and push the circles
together so that they all bunch up on the folded side. Don't stop until they all look like petals. Once you're happy with the way your petals look,
sew the fifth petal to the first one to make your flower.
PRO TIP: You'll need to cover the "hole" in the center of
your flower with the button
or bead you've chosen, so make sure you pull the
petals together tightly enough!
Step 6: Sew on your flower's center.
We chose a little blue button for our flower's center. You
will want to sew this onto the middle of the flower. It's a good idea to attach the center
to all the petals, so that A) you won't have any unsightly gaps, and B) it's
less likely that it will come apart later. When the center is sewn in place,
tie off your thread by making a loose stitch and running the needle back
through it before pulling it tight, creating a half-knot. Do this a few times
more to secure the knot, and then cut off your excess thread.
Step 7: Attach the shoe clip.
We put ours in the middle, but if you want the flower to hang down over the shoe more, position the clip near the edge of a petal.
Now you have a pretty flower! The last and easiest step is to
attach the shoe clip. Simply put a dot or two of hot glue on the face of the
clip and firmly press on the flower. Leave it sitting undisturbed while the
glue dries. This is a great time to start working on clip number two. Once
you've repeated all the steps for the second clip, you have a pair of
accessories to make some cute shoes even cuter!
The best thing about this project is that there are dozens
of ways to modify and personalize it. Make your flower petals from a variety of
fabrics for a patchwork look, cut smaller petals for subtlety or bigger ones to
make a statement, or add more petals to achieve a fuller flower. You can even
attach these flowers to hair clips or brooch pins instead, or use them in other
Fabric flowers aren't the only things you can attach to shoe
clips, of course. Bows, rhinestones, feathers, and other small accents are
great options as well. If you think it would look great on your shoes, stick it
on a shoe clip and try it out!
Shoes you can pair floral shoe clips with:
Trotters Liz in Navy. Also available in Black, Brown, Pewter, and more.
The Trotters Liz is the brand's bestselling style, probably
because it shines in its simplicity. This woven leather slip-on is available in
a wide variety of colorways, so you're sure to find one that matches your
personal sense of style. The Liz features a cushioned insole to give your foot
the comfort it deserves, all day, every day. A flexible, rubberized sole
finishes off this light and versatile shoe.
Much of the Liz's popularity comes from its adaptable
design. You can dress it up or down and pair it with a wide variety of outfits,
so it's a favorite among women of style. If you like the versatility but want a
little more embellishment, the Liz is a perfect candidate for shoe clips!
Munro Skipper in Platinum Fabric. Also available in Black Nubuck, Indigo Nubuck, Red Nubuck, and more.
Our customers love Munro shoes because of their superior fit
and comfort, and the Munro Skipper is no exception. This slip-on is a sporty
alternative to Munro's dressier shoes with its flexible, ultra-light white
outsole and trendy perforated upper. The removable molded footbed is supplemented
by a riveted steel shank to provide all-day support. Slacks, capris, and jeans
all pair well with the Munro Skipper, so it's a worthy investment for any
clotheshorse. Plus, it's available in a huge variety of sizes and widths, so
you're certain to find a Skipper that fits the unique shape of your foot.
The Munro Skipper is easily complemented by shoe clips. A
brightly-colored skipper with a bow or flower in a contrasting color is sure to
be a hit!
Naot Luga in Brown Croc/Shimmer/Volcanic Brown Leather. Also available in Black, Gray, and Navy colorways.
The classic Mary-Jane gets a fresh new look with the Naot Luga. The Luga's diagonal instep strap and contrasting leathers combine to make
one gorgeous shoe! The hook-and-loop strap is adjustable, so you can ensure a
perfect, custom fit. A cushioned heel cup, padded technical lining, and removable
cork footbed give the Luga exceptionally cozy comfort, while a durable, lightweight
polyurethane sole lends the Luga an inch of height. This Mary-Jane is
constructed using the Strobel technique, which results in an unusually strong
and flexible shoe.
Naot shoes like the Luga are exquisitely handcrafted in
Israel, so each one is a work of art in itself. For that extra pop of color,
add a bow, or you can highlight the Luga's natural beauty with a rhinestone
UGG Kristin in Purple Passion. Also available in Chestnut, Grey, Navy, and more.
In the colder months, you simply can't go wrong with a pair
of UGG boots. The UGG Kristin stands out from the more common UGG boots by
offering a slimmer silhouette and a 1½-inch wedge heel. Of course, the comfort
features are the same: Plush Twinface sheepskin, a supportive UGGpure™
wool insole, and a flexible, lightweight Treadlite outsole. A 5½-inch shaft
height keeps the Kristin short and sweet, about the size of the UGG Classic Mini II. A palette of rich colors gives you a variety of options, so you can
choose the UGG Kristin that's perfect for you!
The fun thing about the UGG Kristin is the rear pull tab.
Once you've used it to slip the Kristin onto your foot, it's the perfect place
to attach a shoe clip!
We hope you enjoy crafting your DIY accessories as much as
we did! Shoes are an essential part of your wardrobe, but they should be as fun
as they are functional. Hopefully these thoughtful little gifts will light up the holidays for someone special!