Thursday, March 1, 2012

Shoe Re-do

Several years ago, I bought these shoes.  I'm a sucker for flats with a cute pattern.  These are covered with satin fabric in a black and ivory print. 

I wore these shoes countless times over the last 4+ years, and the ivory portions became quite dingy.  Exhibit A:

They were far too gross to wear anymore, but since I was going to throw them out anyway, I decided to do a little experiment.  I thought since the uppers are made of fabric, maybe I could use a fabric marker to color in the ivory patterns.  I did a couple little test spots with a Crayola Fabric Marker:

The red was a little too orangey for me.  And it wasn't very dark.  So I went to Hobby Lobby and bought a FabricMate red fabric marker.  It had a big chisel tip, so the coloring went faster.  Plus the red was deeper and less orange.

{Ew.  The insides of the shoes were soooo dusty.  Wish I would have thought to clean them before I took all the pictures.}

I just sat and colored in all the designs while the kiddos were napping.  I was semi-careful about staying in the ivory areas, even though the red wasn't visible on the black parts.  

While I was at Hobby Lobby, I did pick up a black fabric marker just in case this experiment didn't work and the shoes needed to become solid black flats. :)

Here's my "new" pair of shoes:

I have worn these shoes out and about a couple times, and they still look new.  I'm just excited that I didn't have to throw them away!

*I know these pictures could be much better.  I still haven't learned how to take great photos.  My sister is a brilliant photographer and has tried to coach me, but apparently her teaching doesn't stick.  Plus the fabric on the shoes is a tad shiny, which made them difficult to photograph.  I hope you can still get the idea!