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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.
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Ashley Johnston is a professional DIY costume maker, sewist, crafter, and owner of Make It & Love It. She is a mom of 5 and a wife to a very patient (with the craft clutter) husband. In case you’re wondering, she always chooses crafting/sewing/designing over mopping/dusting/wiping base boards……but bathrooms/laundry/full bellies are always attended to. Whew!
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  1. Barbara says:

    When our daughter married I found semi coordinating lace, cut it apart,and glued it to her shoes with some bling. In the end they were really pretty and looked very much like the lace in her dress. And it was a special time. She loved them. Used a glue for fabric and let it get tacky before gluing the fabric and beads.

  2. Paula says:

    I like your shoes. I would like to suggest a way to sew the back seam of the shoe on the sewing machine before laying the fabric on the shoe. Start by cutting a rectangle of fabric big enough to cover the shoe. Fold the rectangle in half lengthwise (like a hotdog bun) with right sides together. Stitch a half inch seam on only one short side. Turn right side out. Lay the fabric over the shoe with the seam at the back of the shoe. The open end will drape over the toe. Cut out the center of the fabric as shown in the tutorial. I would use fabric modpoge because it stays flexible. Coat fabric with it also. If the Modpoge stays tacky, spray with a sealer like Krylon Matte Finish Spray sealer. It dries fast

  3. jan says:

    What a brilliant way to give an old pair of shoes a new lease of life. Your shoes, your way, your style & colour. Unique only to you. These are a must for a weekend project. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Sara Stoll says:

    This is an awesome idea! Thanks so much!

  5. Becky says:

    This is so much fun! Great idea. I have a few shoes that could use a quick update.

  6. Lit says:

    Did you tuck the fabric inside the shoe UNDER the shoe lining? Or did you just fold it over to get a clean finish?

    Thanks – Lit

  7. PMWilson says:

    Ingenious! And inspiring. Ditto to many of the other comments. Sooooooo cute. You did a beautiful job. Thank you for the step by step photos and instructions. The “kiwi” fabric is one I would have chosen myself; one of my favorite greens. It is sometimes humbling what we can do. Yes, the “wheel” has long been invented, but as in this case to enhance that basic shoe’s appearance has extended its longevity. You have elevated a basic and inexpensive item to nearly couture level. Kuddos.

  8. kiran says:

    love the fabric and idea of placing it on shoes

  9. Katie says:

    How have they held up over time?

  10. Katie says:

    I completely love this. I am going to have to give this a try. Thank you for sharing such a fabulous and easy to follow tutorial.

  11. katy says:

    i really want to try it but i didn’t know what is mod podge in arabic and what we call it in morocco :(

  12. Abbie Ross says:

    How long do these need to dry before wearing?

  13. Katy K says:

    Thank you for sharing this. I had seen how to decoupage shoes using comic books, and was I interested in doing it with fabric. I have now done a trial run pair of heels for my wedding using Star Wars fabric and by following your directions.

  14. natashalh says:

    I just wanted to let you know that I included your awesome tutorial in a DIY summer post today on my blog! I love Mod Podge and can’t wait to try these out!

  15. Janine Fundamiera says:

    Wow!This site is really amazing. I love the idea of recycling your old pair of doll shoes. I’ll have this for my next project. Thanks for sharing ! <3 <3 ,3

  16. Daniela says:

    They look awsome. I have a question.
    do you use regular mate modge podge or fabric modge podge.
    I want to try it, but i just don’t know what modge podge use.
    could you guide me on this one please?

    thank you very much.

    greetings from mexico. (:

  17. Comfort Babatola says:

    Hey, I know a thing or two about accessorizing shoes, whether it’s covering them in glitters or painting them, but I have to say, this is a great idea. I love it

  18. Alisha says:

    I love this idea. I’m not sure I’d ever do this….but I sure love this!

  19. Rabia Khan says:

    Lovely so Creaative

  20. Jamie says:

    You should sell these.

  21. Becka says:

    this project does not work at all ~

  22. FancyFaiths says:

    wow ! i love this !

  23. Becka says:

    This does not work. I tried it and it was a mess. :(

  24. Melvee says:

    I absolutely love this idea! I never thought about making something like this and with so many pretty fabrics around the possibilities are endless!!!

  25. Jamie says:

    You could also run a bead of fabric paint around the edge of the sole to help hold the fabric down and add a line of contrast color.

  26. Rebekah says:

    I just tried this with four different pairs of shoes. it’s a great project to use that old tshirt or skirt that you just love, but it no longer fits. turned out super cute!

  27. Emma says:

    I can’t wait to try this out! I have about 400 pairs of shoes that I’m bored with, so I’m going to be experimenting a lot. Is it advisable to use Elmer’s glue and water instead of Mod Podge? I ran out and don’t want to run to the store… This is just me being lazy, but hey, It’s always good to know!

  28. ATasteOfMadness says:

    This is so cute, and so simple too! What a great idea!

  29. kelsey says:

    What kind of mod podge should i use for this? outdoor or regular? matt or glossy? I’m going to be making everyone i know shoes for birthday presents now!!!

  30. Cilveyadee says:

    Wow!!! I think I just found a new love. I will definitely be trying this. Thanks for sharing this.

  31. Jennifer says:

    Shaking my head at how clever and cute this is! Love it!

  32. LUSIA says:

    A friend and I did this last week, it worked wonderfully on flats and heels! Now we’re doing it for the bridesmaids in my sister’s wedding to wear-all of her flowers are fabric and now everything matches perfectly. Thank you!

  33. Candie says:

    You have totally inspired me to take an old pair of shoes that I haven’t worn and give them new life! I’m in LOVE with that green fabric and am now desperate for Hobby Lobby to build a store near me! You should totally enter this project in Craftbaby’s ‘Upcycle Challenge’!

  34. Anonymous says:

    This is such a cool idea love it :)

  35. Storm says:

    Cute . . . cute . . . cute.

  36. faythe says:

    Very cute…

  37. Courtney says:

    LOVE this idea! Do you know what the fabric you used was called? I can’t find it on Hobby Lobby’s website.


  38. Vicki says:

    Just wondering, doesn’t this make the shoes stiff, and crinkly? Does it tend to crack as you flex your foot walking?
    I am dying to try it on some pumps but it seems like it wouldn’t be very ‘wearable”. Is it more flexible than I am imagining?

  39. Mandy says:

    Wow that is way cute! and a creative way to dress up old shoes!

  40. Anaam says:

    I love this idea! It’s sooo cute. Do you think it would work on an old pair of suede flats? Would the Mod Podge stick to it?

  41. Sherrilee says:

    Such a cute idea! I will definitely have to try this!

  42. ria says:

    awesome! im from the Philippines, it’s my first time to hear MODPODGE..i want to try but i don’t think if they are available here :c

    1. amely says:

      Hi, Ria-Philippines, yes there’s a mod podge in Deovir, Sm North Edsa, i bought mine there.

    2. Anonymous says:

      oh! are you a filipino? i dont know deovir sm north edsa. thank you

  43. Nan says:

    Totally clever…………….

  44. Stephanie says:

    This is such a creative idea to rejuvenate an old pair of flats!! can’t wait to try it!

  45. Ginny says:

    Wow! these are really cute…..and the possibilities endless!

  46. LawtonTerri says:

    I never knew until today that there are so many different types of Mod Podge, now I know where to go to get the other 10 types out there. I was just thinking of the endless possibilities of this idea …..Easter shoes, specialized wedding shoes, etc. I may never throw away another pair of shoes again!

  47. Tiffany says:

    OMG! thank you for this!!!!!!! I’m thinking I MUST try it at once!

  48. Chrissy Boerman says:

    did these hold up well?

  49. Jenna says:

    I found these on and I loved them! I just wanted to comment and show you the pic of the ones I did today :) Thanks SO much for this!

  50. Shonna says:

    I totally love this!! Next time my daughter goes to throw out her old flats from boredom–I can just redo them!! Great idea!!

  51. ElizabethMD says:

    Great idea :D Love your fabric choice too!!

    Imagine doing these for a little girl in some kind of princessy fabric. Or even modpodge and glitter. I’ve seen those glitter shoes for little princess feet in the stores and they are SOOOO expensive!

  52. Jennifer says:

    I actually did the exact same thing to the shoes my mother wore to my wedding! We could not find a pair of shoes that matched her dress for my wedding, and she had already picked out her dress – a rental from a formal wear rental shop, so there was no way to alter the dress to just any pair of shoes. I purchased a pair of ballet flats from Target for $11 , and a pretty ivory table runner for $1 from Dollar Tree! The only thing I did differently, was that I used Tacky Glue, and only around the edges.inside and around the base, so as to preserve the “satin-like” look and feel of the fabric (it was polyester).I recommend using tacky glue if you want to do the same.

  53. mygramz says:

    You are one smart cookie!!! Thank you so sew much for jogging my memory!!! Years ago my mother enrolled me in a shoe covering class at a local fabric shop…with thye aid of that class I covered shoes for myself and my 2 yr old DD…I made clothes and then covered shoes to match. Years later whe Dd was a teen and in dance classes I pulled out my memory and my book purchased at the class and began covering her tap and jazz shoes…soon I was covering dance shoes for entire groups,,,and when star wars was so popular I even covered tap shoes and turned them into BOOTS…your tutorial was exactly on….boy what memories!!! I used Barge’s cement for the shoe part and it was really toxic….and I used some kind of acetate liquid to be applied to the sole with an eye dropper to loosen the sole in order tuck the fabric in between the sole and the shoe body. So now I am wanting yo make a teen granddaughter a pair of knee high boots for a costume….Thanks to your tute I think I can do it now….lost the book looonnnggg ago!
    Thank you so sew much!

  54. Melissa says:

    I have a 5 year old princess that will love you forever for this!! Cheap shoes for her (AND ME) and modge podge just went on my list!! I already have some darling fabric!

    I also love that they are not identical. That makes it more unique. You could use excess fabric for a bow or a button to add a little pizazz (especially for the princesses)….I can’t wait to try this.

    I ALSO love it’s a one sit project….it doesn’t seem like (other then drying) it will take long at all.

  55. Lynn says:

    just started using Mod Podge and am going to have to try this…Walmart is just up the road!

  56. rachel says:

    Ok so it’s been a while since you posted this. I would like to know how long the shoes held up.

  57. Yelena's Nest says:

    I followed you directions in making fabric covered flats.. only I didn't use mod podge… check them out>>

  58. Yelena says:

    I love these! I am however wondering how flexible mod podge is.. I have some flats that are fake leather and after washing them the top colored layer peeled off. So now I want to try covering them with another fabric. But like I said the flats are fabric and not very stiff. Will the mod podge bend or will it make the flats very stiff? Thank you so much :)

  59. danielle L says:

    These are adorable!! Have you ever done this to a pair of heels? I am thinking of mod podging the same fabric of my bridesmaid dresses to my shoes… what do you think?

  60. Nikki ~ Let's Craft!! says:

    Ok I have to have you come visit my site. I attempted this…… lets just say you need to come see!!

    Oh I am grateful I linked to you so that people could see how it's REALLY done!! LOL
    ~ Nikki

  61. Mindylou says:

    Very creative and fun! I tried this with some funky scrap fabric I had on a pair of flimsy, vinyl shoes. It worked OK but I had a cheap exacto knife so the edges were frayed and caused the fabric to tear off. So bummed out, but I'm going to try it again with a sturdier shoe from Walmart. So, I purchased the same Hobby Lobby fabric you used today-was 30% off and couldn't pass it up! Thanks for sharing. Your pictures and instructions made it quite easy to follow.

  62. Jessica says:

    OH MY GOODNESS! This is the coolest thing I've ever seen! I cannot wait to try it out! Thank you SO much for sharing!

    Jessica @

  63. Pixie in Pumps says:

    what a great idea! those look wonderful. I love how Mod-Podge is so versatile. I used it recently mixed with glitter to make Glitter Heels like the ones I've been ogling in the stores!

  64. Ashley says:

    Stephanie Lee,

    So sorry it didn't work out for you. Bummer. Maybe it was the leather that was too smooth?? I would try roughing it up a bit with sand paper and then try it again. Also, be sure that you are using plenty of mod podge. It will dry clear so don't worry about it looking messy while you're doing it. Hope that helps for next time!


  65. Stephanie Lee says:

    I couldn't get the modpodge to stick to the shoe or the fabric. I sat there and kept it pressed and it would just pop right up once I let it go. I was using regular fabric and a leather flat. This project did not turn out good for me

  66. kids sport sandals says:

    n-i-c-e!!! it's gonna be my amazing Solution for big spending money buting shoes for my little childern. i think even it's gonna be great activity for Creation hour, they gonna Design there shoes. thanx!!!

  67. Kellie L says:

    I'm in love with this project! GREAT idea :D I am sooo trying this out. If it turns out well (fingers crossed) I will post on my blog and link back to ya!

    Kellie @ Dime Store Decor

  68. Deanna Jane (cullenkidsmum) says:

    What a GREAT idea, thanks for sharing.

  69. Amy H. says:

    Oh. My. Gosh. I have the perfect pair of flats that I could use for this. Awesome. Thank you!

  70. SpendiWendi says:

    Wow awesome idea!!!

  71. Dimana says:

    AMAZING!!!!!I really want to make some shoes now :D

  72. Bee Yourself Designs says:

    OMG! I just came across to this today! My daughter said she has some old flats I can work with! Thanks so much for sharing!

  73. Stephanie says:

    So awesome! Thanks for sharing. Finally got around to making my own and linked you at Love the new "look" of your site. Really appreciate all your great ideas! Take care!!

  74. Steph says:

    I had a real tough time getting my fabric to stick to the shoe… even though I used tons of modge podge. I had to use a ton, and then I just left it over night hoping that maybe when it dried it'd stick to the shoe. It pretty much did, but it's hard as a rock I had to use so much of the stuff. Doesn't even bend at the toe when I walk. Any suggestions on how to get it to stick better so I don't need to use as much modge podge?

  75. craftystaci says:

    I have a pair of sandals with a wide strap over the foot that I'll be trying this on…so cute!

  76. Marzia says:


  77. Meg says:

    Wow, that is amazing! Even me, just a beginning Beginner ;) can do this! I can't wait to try it!

  78. Heidi says:

    Visiting from the mother huddle…

    So SUPA cute! I've also seen mod podge shoes at Ooops, I craft My Pants Off" but forgot that I had wanted to try it out – love your choice of fabric!!

  79. marta says:

    really, truly incredible. never woulda known those were made with modge. pretty awesome. so happy to discover you over on the mother huddle today! am a new fan of yours.

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