Super Quick Shoe Tutorial – Cutifying

This is a super easy tutorial on how I modified some old sneakers for ultimate shoe cutifying. I find that I need shoes that I can just slip on to run to the petrol station for an ice cream or the corner store for supplies, for times when you just want to get going as fast as possible having complicated shoes really isn’t practical, no time for laces… but I still want to look cute!

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Enter old beaten up leopard print sneakers.

Materials for shoe cutifying:

-Old crappy sneakers -Ribbon -Elastic -Sewing thread

First off clean your sneakers if they are dirty, no one wants to handle muddy shoes.

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Then remove the laces.

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Now you need some elastic which is roughly the same width as your laces were. Colours are optional, I decided to go with plain because I’m probably going to be trekking through mud in these and I didn’t want to waste anything too nice!

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Pull the elastic through a bottom hole and tie a knot at the bottom which is big enough to prevent it from slipping through.

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Bring the elastic over the top and down through the other bottom hole.

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Continue to the next hole, it should look like this once you get to the top…

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When you get to the last hole cut off the excess elastic and then tie another knot. Before you cut the elastic off you should try the shoe on to make sure it’s not going to be too loose or too tight. You should be able to slide your foot in with no problems.

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Repeat with the other shoe!

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Now get some thick ribbon and thread your needle. Fold it in half with the join at the back and pleat the middle into a bow…

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Sew it in place:

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Now use some thin ribbon to cover the stitching and sew that in place.

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Attach them to the elastic with a few tight stitches and you’re done! When you’re attaching the bows it’s a good idea to do it while you’re wearing the shoes so you know they will end up in the right position when the elastic is stretched out. Be very careful not to hurt yourself with the needle though!

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And there you go!

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Quick comfy shoes that are good in a hurry.

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Very little effort involved, I think this took me around 20 minutes while I was watching a movie. It’s amazing what adding a bow can do πŸ˜‰

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Only 2 days left until we go to Melbourne so I’m in crazy packing/planning mode πŸ˜€ Hope you enjoyed the super quick shoe cutifying tutorial, I’m off to take some photos of the deco I did over the weekend for you guys!

How To Make Bunny Slippers Out of Old Socks

Today I’m going to show you how I went about making bunny slippers out of house hold items, trust me it’s not as hard as you think!

This post is for Eszwho is awesome and won the name my camera competition. She asked for a post about how I turn something ordinary into something awesomely cute. I thought what better than turning something old and useless into something cute?

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So today’s tutorial is going to be about how to turn some old socks and a pillow into…Β  cute bunny slippers!

UPDATE! Check out the free downloadable restyled version of this craft tutorial here in my gallery!

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What you need for this version of making bunny slippers:

-3 old knee high socks -1 pair of old ankle socks -Cardboard -Old pillow -Pen -Scissors -Needle and thread DSC_0405_100118_6249 copy

First put your foot on the cardboard and trace around it with your pen.

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Do one for each foot:

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Now draw around the shape you made, leave around a 1cm gap and make the shape more rounded and even. This will be the base of your slipper so you want room to wiggle and move around a bit ^_^

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Cut out the larger shape.

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This is what you end up with!

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Now grab your old ankle socks, this works best if they are the thick and kind of squishy like those sports socks.

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Put the cardboard bits you cut out into the socks.

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You should fit the heel of the cardboard into the heel of the sock, it should end up like this:

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Next you should cut up your pillow to get some stuffing out! If it’s a really old pillow it will look kind of gross like this…

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So what you need to do is shove the stuffing into the bottom side of the cardboard. That means the side that doesn’t have the sock hole on it will end up thick and squishy.

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This is what it should look like from the side…

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The hole part of the sock is in the bottom of the picture above. Now take your needle and thread and sew up the hole ^_^

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Just like this:

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Now you have the bases of your slippers!

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Ok next part! Get one of your other socks and put your foot on the base you just made. Lay the leg part of the sock over your foot like the photo below and cut it out so you have enough of it to sew to the base.

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Keep the fabric as a tube because later we’re going to stuff it. This is roughly the shape it should be:

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Put a little stitch at the toe of base and the top part we’re about to sew on. This is just to keep it in place and make sure it doesn’t move around, if you would prefer just add some pins.

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Put the top part on the side of the base that doesn’t have any stuffing on it. We are going to sew it on the wrong side so we can turn it inside out and hide the stitching later. So pick a side and start sewing around.

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Keep sewing all the way around to the other side until you have around a 4cm gap left. Now grab some stuffing and shove it into the upper part.

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Now sew up the last little part and you end up with something like this:

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Turn it inside out and the padded bottom should be where your foot will go and the padded front should be enough to cover your toes.

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Like this:

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Now make the other one!

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And now it’s time to make some ears for our bunny ^_^ Get another of the knee high socks and cut the top and bottom off so you’re just left with a tube.

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Cut down the folds and then in half so you end up with 4 parts.

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Take each of these and fold them in half and cut the top into a bunny ear shape.

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Sew around the edges…

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Then turn them inside out and stuff them too.

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This is what you should end up with:

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Decide how you want to place them on your slippers, I want them to be nice and pointy so I am going to put them close together.

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Turn your slipper inside out and sew on the ears.

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When you turn it back out the right way it should look like this:

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Clean up any loose threads you have.

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And decorate them! I embroidered little faces on to the bunnies and then using some stuffing I made a little cotton tail to sew on the back ^_^

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And there you go! This is how they look when they’re on ^_^

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So you just made slippers out of old junk around the house, congrats! Pretty cool huh?

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And you know the best part? They are awesomely comfortable because of the padding and they stay on well because of the elasticity of the socks!

What do you think?

Thanks again Esz, I hope you like it πŸ˜€ Let me know if any of you give making bunny slippers a try!

How To Repair Old Slippers -Day 3

I’m super tired tonight so I’ve just got a mini tutorial on repairing old slippers for you all πŸ™‚

I’ve been a little obsessed with slippers lately so I’ve got 2 tutorials planed that revolve around slippers. It’s probably because I spend so much time at home but I think a good pair of slippers are a very important part of a girl’s wardrobe ^_^

It takes me a long time to choose slippers (more on that in my next slippers post!) and when I finally find a pair that I like I have a hard time giving them up, I’m the kind of person that will wear them until they literally fall apart! I’m also quite thrifty so at times when money is tight I am all for repairing and reusing anything I can possibly fix.

So I have this cute pair of slippers but…

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The soles are all gross and worn out. There is even a small hole!

So what you need for this version of repairing old slippers:

-Scissors -A sheet of felt in a matching colour -Needle and thread in a matching colour -A pen or tailor’s chalk

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Start by putting your slippers on the felt and tracing around the outside. Get as close to the size of the actual sole as possible, if in doubt it’s better to cut bigger than smaller because you can always trim it but you can’t add more felt if you cut too much! Cut one out for each slipper.

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Thread your needle and with the new sole on top of the slipper sew it in place with 1 stitch. You should start at the very back of the slipper. Tie it in a double knot so it doesn’t go anywhere.

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Now using a blanket stitch start sewing around the edge. If you need to know how to do a blanket stitch have a look here.

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Continue around the entire edge. If you find there is slightly too much felt you should trim it a little bit. If there is not enough, stretch it because once you put them on the felt will get worn into position. When you’re finished they should look something like this:

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Hopefully your stitching is a little neater than mine!

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And there you go, with 60c worth of felt you saved yourself from buying a whole new pair of slippers! One thing to note- the felt is super slippery on tiles until you wear it in so don’t slip over!! That said it’s pretty fun to be able to faux ice-skate around my tiled house in the middle of a 35Degree Celsius summer πŸ˜€

Enjoy!

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Bonus outfit post:

Jsk- Angelic Pretty Stockings- Myer Slippers- Bras n things Hair things: some junk store

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See you all tomorrow when I’m not half asleep! Let me know if you ever give repairing old slippers this way a try!

Back! Outfit of the day, the world of Violet's Shoes (Mini Tutorial)

Outfit time!

Firstly thank you all for your well wishes while I’ve been ill! It made me feel much better every morning to wake up to everyone’s lovely comments πŸ™‚ I’m all rested up now and should be fine to blog 3 times a week again!

Unfortunately I’ve run out of jewels to finish my decoden tutorial at the moment but I’ll be right on it when the next batch arrive! My next post will be some of the things I’ve been deco-ing lately so you can all get your rhinestone fix πŸ˜› Actually I did something a little bit funny with my deco while I was sick… I’m going to keep you guessing until next post though!

Now on to my outfit… OMG I love these shoes. They are incredibly painful but they look so pretty! Here is a close up…

Sexy right? The cut out bit is velvet so they even feel nice.

This brings me to today’s topic… shoes. It may be hard to believe but up until about 6 years ago I was the biggest tomboy you imagine. I refused to wear skirts and you would be hard pressed to find me in anything other than my scuffed old pair of converse chucks. In fact that’s where my old screen name chucks_bitch came from.

These are my newest acquisition. Cute but still comfy so I can shop all day, oh and work etc. They were a birthday present from my Mum, thanks Mum!

So long story short I missed out on those years where young girls are supposed to learn to walk in heels and I’m just doing it now. I got the first pair that I regularly wear last Christmas and haven’t been able to stop since. So much pain though! I’m very stubborn so I picked the highest most ridiculous pair and assumed I would be fine… I have now learned my lesson and am easing in much more sloooowly.

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Mini Tutorial time!

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Now a couple of people have asked me how I did this. It really couldn’t be simpler.

Step 1. Buy cute simple shoes on sale. Step 2. Buy matching flowers. Step 3. Get some thread and a needle and sew the flowers on to the shoes. Note, don’t sew through the leather just in case you ever change your mind! Step 4. Enjoy your new awesomely cute Hime-Style shoes πŸ˜€

See easy…

Lastly are any of you guys who use Nuffnang having problems when you log in? I can log in but I my stats won’t seem to show up… Just wanted to know if I’m the only one before I go and bug tech support!

Anyway it’s good to be back! Hope you enjoyed the outfit post ^_^

Hime Gyaru Simple Lace Flower Tutorial

Awesome over the top shoes with lace flowers are a staple of Hime Gyaru fashion. Now I’m not saying that you should ditch those Jesus Diamante pumps in favor of my cheap lacy flowers but here is a slightly less expensive option.

For Christmas this year I was given some cute wedge shoes that I wanted to doll up a bit, with no money left over after the holiday season here is what I came up with.

Simple Lace Flowers Tutorial

Materials needed for lace flowers:

Violet’s special tip #1:
I would suggest that you buy nicer lace than I’ve used here, this is just what I had on hand at the time.

Ok so now that you’ve gathered all your materials together it’s time to get started!

Step 1. Thread your needle


Step 2: Starting at the scalloped edge on one end of the lace use a running stitch to stitch down the edge. Gather it so the end of the lace is dragged to a point as above in the photo.

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Now continuing your running stitch, turn the corner and stitch all the way along the straight edge side of the lace and up the other side again. When you’re finished the line of stitching you’ve made should look like a big long “U” shape and the only side that is left unstitched should be the scalloped edge.


Step 4:
Pull the thread carefully so that you end up with nice ruffle as seen above.


Step 5:
Tie your thread off but don’t cut it yet.

Step 6: Now hold the end of the gathered edge and start rolling. In the photo above, the white line represents how the edge should be curled around itself in a spiral.

Step 7: Now start stitching around the spiral to hold it all together. It should look something like the above picture with the white line representing the spiral and the green lines representing the stitches. When you’re sure that it’s secure tie off your thread.

Step 8: Keep a good hold of the rose and glue your badge back in place. Be careful not to burn yourself with the hot glue!

Step 9: Once the glue is secure open up the pins on the badges.

Step 10: Cut out 2 small circles of felt, the diameter should be slightly smaller than the width of your badge backs. Now glue them over the open badge back so they cover all the glue and leave a nice finished look.


Step 11: Turn it upside down and spread the “petals” out. here is a finished flower! Now if you want you could make a second and attach them to your shoes.

Here are the shoes I got for christmas, what do you think? Tadaa!

Violet’s special tip #2:
Obviously you could use the lace flowers on things rather than shoes such as a corsage or a hair piece.
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