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Mod Podge Shoes


My husband jokes every time I get the bottle of Mod Podge out that I’m going to Mod Podge fabric to our computer keys or Mod Podge our kids clothing to their bodies. Hey, don’t tempt me. I know, I may go a little overboard with this stuff…….but I just had to try it on some shoes. Originally, I saw the idea on a site my sister showed me. And the lady Mod Podged starburst wrappers to some shoes. It was cute…….but I wanted to try fabric.


And using some of my favorite fabric. (from Hobby Lobby……which can only be purchased in their stores, not online. Bummer.)


How fun would these be if you matched them to a cute skirt you’ve made? …….Or just wear them with some jeans. So colorful and fun.


Anyway, this is my first time applying fabric to shoes with Mod Podge and I am in no way claiming that this will last on here forever. I imagine it will do pretty well though. However, don’t wear the shoes out in wet weather unless you buy some sort of sealant that will waterproof the shoes.


Edited To Add: Emilee left a comment and mentioned outdoor Mod Podge… Sure enough, I found some online here. (I’m sure you can find it many places.) But this variety is supposed to be water resistant. Perfect for this project. Thanks Emilee!


Do you want to try it out yourself?


Grab a pair of your old flats or buy a nice inexpensive/clearance pair to try it out on. What the heck, these were only a couple of dollars at Wal-Mart. Worth the experiment.

(I cut the bows off.)


Just lay a piece of fabric over the shoe, big enough to cover the entire thing.


Trim around the edges, just so there’s not tons hanging over the edge.


Then make a slit up the back, almost to the top of the scoop in your shoe.


Apply some Mod Podge to the toe of the shoe. Use plenty of it.


Lay your fabric on top of your shoe and stretch it to the contours of the shoe. You want as little puckering as possible along the sole.


And remember, it’s okay if there is fabric hanging over the edge. We’ll take care of that later.


Continue on down the shoe, applying plenty of Mod Podge and pulling the fabric tight as you smooth it down.


As you get to the heel of the shoe, lay one side flat and cut straight up the back. Apply your Mod Podge and smooth out your fabric.


Then fold over the other piece but make sure there’s enough extra to fold over the end and then smooth down, keeping the raw end tucked under.


Then trim the fabric along the curve of the shoe, leaving about a 1/2 inch of fabric.


Then make some slits along the curve of the shoe to make it easier to tuck under the fabric.


Apply Mod Podge to the under side and tuck the fabric under nice and tight.


And then continue tucking along the sides and heel of the shoe.


Now, using an Exacto Knife/Utility Knife (with a really sharp blade), trim off the excess fabric……right next to the sole.


And then cover the entire shoe with a nice thick coat of Mod Podge.


Allow to dry completely.

Now a new cutie-pie pair of shoes to wear around.


  1. Tater Tot Mom says:

    So cute!

  2. Alaina says:

    Very cute and I love that fabric too! It totally matches the skirt I made from your Lily Skirt Pattern! I wrote about your new idea for shoes here-
    Thanks again!

  3. Melissa says:

    wow sooooo cute and so fun!!!

  4. The Mehaffie's says:

    These are amazing! I'm definitley trying these!!

  5. sue says:

    seriously you are fabulous!!!

  6. Sarah says:

    So so so adorable!

  7. Metropolitan Housewife says:

    That is just so darn stinkin' CUTE. I love it!

  8. Jen V says:

    I love your blog – I have commented several times and have been so inspired by you!

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    Everyone is welcome to enter!!

  9. Jenny says:

    Are you KIDDING me?! This is the BEST thing i've EVER seen! I love shoes, crafts, and of course Mod-Podge!!!! I like someone's comment about ripping off the fabric as you get sick of it and starting over. I NEED to add this to my growing list of projects. THANKS!!!

  10. Amanda says:

    WOW, who would have thought?!!! Such a cute idea! I love that fabric too, made a pleated purse and wallet to match, lined in awesome orange. I might have to try this, then I'd have a whole set :)

  11. Erin says:

    i never, in a million years, would have thought of this. the shoes look so cool. way to go!

  12. Erin says:

    i never, in a million years, would have thought of this. the shoes look so cool. way to go!

  13. Mod Podge Amy says:

    Fantabulous!!! These are great!

  14. Rose says:

    Wow, I am always amazed (and never surprised) at what you can do with a little fabric and some glue!!

  15. Embellished Bayou says:

    Another great idea I never would have thought of! I think I have the perfect pair of shoes to try this with, thanks for sharing!

  16. Emily says:

    so cute, i am definitely going to have to try that one. thanks for sharing your awesome ideas.

  17. Jenn-Lee says:

    Oh my! Nice! Great creative eye. I think I am willing to try this one with an old pair of red and white striped flats from Old Navy. So fun! Thanks!

  18. jodi says:

    Yea!! They turned out so cute. Did you finish those in one day? I don't remember seeing them when I was visiting.

  19. Jess says:

    Fabulous! I love your fabric choice. So, so cute!

  20. "r-creations" says:

    This is an amazing idea. I freakin love it. How can people be so talented. It mind boggling. YOu need to have your own TV show girl. Way to go. I am so glad that i foung your blog. Thanks to Brittneys Cake World. I need to sponser you and have a giveaway (or how ever that works). I would love to have you linked to my blog. I just started my little home buisness making jewelry. i would love to sponser you and giveaway some jewelry, necklaces, bangle bracelet, beaded watches etc. Something fun and different. I just can't get over some of your ideas. Your amazing. The shoes are killer. Keep up the good work. You have def inspired me to try something new. I love that you have the step by step pictures. Sorry for the novel, haha. I am just so amazed at your talent.
    Love, Rachael

  21. Gena says:

    You're so clever! I don't know how you come up with these things! Love them!!

  22. Julie says:

    you are a GENIUS!!!! now I NEED to find a pair of shoes to do this to!!!

  23. Julie @ Little One-of-a-Kind Design says:

    that is just insane (in a good way!)…wouldn't that be cool for bridemaids shoes? especially on little girls.

  24. Katherine says:

    AHHHH!!! I LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  25. Amy says:

    GENIOUS!!!! I can't stand it – gotta go make me some. First gotta think up the perfect outfit to match them to!

  26. Twiddle Thumbs says:

    This takes the creativity cake!

  27. Erica says:

    so cute. I love that fabric too. Mod Podge has a special place in my heart too.

  28. Rebekah says:

    Well, it's official. Now I've seen everything!

    Totally cute and I have a pair of flats that are just begging for this treatment. Do I dare?

  29. MaryAnne says:

    Great idea, and the final product looks fantastic!

  30. Emilee says:

    Family Fun (maybe?) did this on kids' shoes with tissue paper. Yours are absolutely darling (I like the fabric much better), but they used Outdoor Mod Podge. Maybe that would help them hold up better? I love your shoes.

  31. Lynette says:

    I NEVER would have thought of that!!! They turned out great!!!


  32. Nori says:

    Shut up!! That is WAAAY too cute!! I have some shoes that have gotten really worn that I can totally do this to. Is your fabric holding up pretty well? Thanks for sharing!!

  33. Andrea and Casey says:

    This is by far the coolest and most unique idea I've seen in a while! Thanks for sharing!

  34. Limara Lis - Editora says:


    Interessante, mas gostaria de saber como manter a higiene da sapatilha depois da reciclagem?

    1. JillyKaren says:

      If I understand you correctly, you are wondering how to keep the shoes clean after recycling with the fabric and modpodge. I think that if you spray them with sealant afterward to make them water-resistant, you should be able to gently wipe them with a damp cloth to clean them. Hope this helps.

  35. Melanie says:

    Awesome idea, they turned out great!

  36. Meka says:

    That is super cute! I am going to have to try to find some cute fabric and try that! I am sad we don't have a hobby lobby where I live :(!

  37. Princess Of Pink says:

    CUTE!!!!!! Oh the things you can do with an older pair of shoes. Thanks for this idea!! He I can do this with a pair of pumps I don't wear anymore!!!!

  38. Vone says:

    Cute idea. I could see try this for halloween costumes – when you can't find the perfect coloured shoe.

  39. Kelsee says:

    No way! I love those!!!! Is there anything you can't do?! -Kelsee

  40. Heather says:

    I love this idea – thanks for sharing it with us!

  41. Danny & Crystal says:

    Those are seriously so cute! Thanks for sharing all of your awesome ideas :)

  42. justusseven says:

    You are my hero. LOVE IT. I linked to you here:

  43. Lanie says:

    These are so cute! Thanks for sharing this!

  44. caryn says:

    and I bet you could tear off the fabric when you get tired of it (or it gets dirty!) and start over. this is a GREAT idea Ash! I love your modpodge obsession!!!

  45. caryn says:

    omg I am doing this today. I have some shoes that need it!!!

  46. Vlazny's says:

    What a fantastic idea! Thank you for sharing this with me. I have to try it now.

  47. Wes and Dani says:

    Wow, way cute. :) I may have to try this one!


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