A Little Spring in Your Step

1926718_10152061495258224_480862070_nI’m really getting tired of this weather between the snow, high winds, and temperatures that are now dipping under 10 degrees–not cool!  What better way to relax on a frigid weekend then staying home and doing a DIY!  This project was part of my project for my full-time internship.  I was working on the Waverly brand.  Waverly has many beautiful fabrics and I had the opportunity to pick from many fabrics and use them to my liking.

What did I Waverize? A pair of heels!

I actually am the intern for Waverly (among other brands) and I had all the steps published here: Waverly Facebook

For convenience sake, I will take everything word for word from Facebook but I will add my own commentary into it as well.

Step 1: Find an old pair of heels you want to give a new life to. You can also buy a cheap pair you want to make your own which is what I did in this case. I found these heels at TJ Maxx for $10 and wanted to give it some love and make it much more bright and spring-like.

1621933_10152061495253224_346348445_nStep 2: Choose your fabric and gather your supplies! I’ve chosen ‘Ballad Bouquet’. For this project, you will need a good pair of scissors, Mod Podge, a sponge brush, a ruler, and a pencil.  I choose this fabric because I loved all the different colors.  With this long-lasting winter, I figured I needed an abundance of color to add a pop in any outfit.  Make sure you have really good scissors because mine weren’t great and I found myself getting frayed ends of fabric left and right.

1662329_10152061495288224_1923463222_nStep 3: You will need to cut two pieces of fabric: a house-shaped piece for the heel, and a large rectangle to cover the rest of the shoe. Make sure to take measurements before you cut! Measurements depend on heel-height and size of shoe.  Eyeball it enough that the tip of the house will reach the tip of the back of your shoe and the flat sides near your heel.  Trace the measurements onto the back of your fabric before you cut it out.

1779710_10152061495303224_1732145867_nStep 4: Apply Mod Podge to the areas where you will be adhering the fabric. Press your fabric firmly in place and hold it there for a few seconds. Make sure the fabric is pulled tight to avoid wrinkles.1912464_10152061495323224_1173959716_nStep 5: Cut a hole in the rectangular fabric for the opening of the shoe. The hole should be slightly smaller than the shoe opening itself, as you want to have about 1/2 an inch of excess fabric on each inner edge to fold inside the shoe. Secure all edges with Mod Podge.

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Step 6: You’ve done it! It took lots of patience, but you and your brand new shoes are ready for a stroll! Add embellishments or a ribbon in the back to finish it off, or leave as is.

1977329_10152061495263224_1827875533_nMy heels came out far from perfect but I am proud at how they came out! The best part about these heels is that it will be a reminder about my amazing internship AND I get to strut around in them!  I also really like how the two pairs are not exactly symmetric, I think it gives it a cooler look. (Please ignore the nasty inside lining, I was getting desperate at that point to finish.)

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What did you think about this little project? I would love to hear all your thoughts! What fabric do you think would look best on heels for spring?  Thanks for stopping by!

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11 Thoughts on “A Little Spring in Your Step

  1. This is such a cute idea! I need to do this <3

  2. These are so cute! I couldn’t even tell they were DIY when I saw the first picture. Sad I can’t go out and buy a pair but I may just try this out.

    Jodie
    http://www.alajode.com

    • sartorialspice on March 17, 2014 at 9:22 pm said:

      Aww! haha, well you can always find the same fabric and make your own pair!

      Thanks for the read!
      xx
      Dylan

  3. Very cute DIY idea and the result is pretty much gorgeous 🙂
    Do you want to follow each other on Bloglovin?

    Lu ❤
    http://www.balgarka.co.uk

  4. Dylan this is so impressive! I can’t believe you DIYed your own pumps! And the waverly style print is so cute! Perfect for Spring! 🙂

  5. great post, & i’m loving the new layout! xx

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