A six year old pair of shoes are upcycled an old pair of shoes into lace flats with velvet back detail. Very elegant and perfect for special occasions.
To complete the winter wedding look with the fur bolero shrug and lace ribbon trim purse, I upcycled my old pair of flats with some lace and velvet fabric samples. These lace flats with velvet detail on the back truly complete the whole look!
- a pair of flats
- black lace fabric sample
- black velvet fabric sample
- beige polyester fabric remnant
- black/blue leather remnants
- tracing paper or cotton fabric scrap for simple pattern copying
Like collage fabric shoes, the original shoes are covered with fabrics to create a new, fresher look. Here’s the summary of my process:
- Create pattern pieces of the front and back areas of the flats
- Transfer the front area’s pattern piece to the beige lining fabric, and glue them to one shoe using ModPodge. Repeat with the other shoe.
- After both shoes are dry, add one more layer of ModPodge.
- After the last layer is dry, trim or tidy fabric excess on the sole and vamp area of both shoes.
- Repeat step 2 – 4 with black lace.
- Transfer the back area’s pattern piece to the velvet fabric, and glue them to one shoe using fabric glue. Repeat with the other shoe.
- Trim or tidy fabric excess on the heel outline area of both shoes.
- Create shoe linings with leather remnant for both the inside vamp area and heel area. Glue them into place with fabric glue.
The last step is optional, but I want to ensure comfortable shoe wearing all night long. Plus, it adds a professional looking finish; the lace flats still look nice when they are not worn!
From recent experience of wearing these flats all night, this is a successful project. They look elegant and very comfortable with the invisible leather lining. I look forward to wear them more!