Thursday, July 10, 2014
DIY Liberty Print Ballet Pumps...
Here's a fun and fresh DIY that's sure to put a spring in your step! With a tiny piece of Liberty print fabric you can perk up an old pair of ballet flats in the space of an afternoon. These pretty pumps are perfect for Summer afternoons spent cycling about town, stopping only to buy coffee and flowers (and perhaps the odd bit of thrift store rummaging too!).
Materials & Equipment:
An old pair of ballet pumps
Liberty print bias binding (I made mine from a 10 inch by 10 inch square of Liberty print fabric using this fantastic tutorial from Coletterie!)
Needle for hand sewing
Thimble (not essential but recommended!)
Top tip: Due to the tiny surface area on show, a smaller scale print will work best for this project. I chose a slightly abstract, micro floral which might be one of my favourite Liberty prints to date! The smaller the piece of fabric the better it seems to look and the more detail I notice. I think Tiny Poppytot, Ella and Libby or Clarisse from Liberty's new season fabric collection would work just as well!
Step 1: Take a look at your pumps and you should see a thin strip of tape running around the outside edge. Using your stitch unpicker simply cut the thread and whip off that existing edging!
You'll be left with a raw leather edge conveniently perforated with evenly spaced holes.
Step 2: Take one end of your bias tape and open out the folds. With the wrong side facing you, fold the end of the fabric back on itself to create a neat hem and then re-fold the tape.
Step 3: With the wrong side still facing, open out your bias tape. Starting at the inside edge of one of your pumps, line the top edge of the bias binding up with the top of the shoe and hand stitch into the crease of the bias binding all the way round, fixing the fabric to the shoe.
Top tip: Easing the tape around the curve of the toe is tricky, but you can do it! Take it slow and have a tea break if you need to. Try holding the fabric in place using paperclips to make it easier!
Step 4: Once you've sewn the bias binding in place all the way round, re-fold the tape and wrap it round onto the inside of the shoe.
Step 5: Slip stitch the bias binding in place by sewing into the lining of the shoe and the crease of the fabric - this way your stitches will be invisible!