Thursday, April 5, 2012

She's the Cats Mother

Following the hype over the kitty shoes that are doing the rounds of budget fashion/shoe sites at the moment I decided to have a go at my own. Completely not because I couldn't buy a pair in my size. Nope....

So Tutorial Style...
Clockwise from top left:
You will need:
One pair of knackered cheap shoes- textile is better than leather or plastic
An unpicker- about £1 from sewing/haberdashery type places
A selection of large needles- these were 50c somewhere in Europe
Thread in the the colour of your choice
A chalk or tailors chalk pencil- chalk rubs off which is why you should use it instead of pencil
Scissiors
Optionally- fabric paint/buttons/sequins

1. Clean shoes if necessary, before unpicking any bows/adornments

2. If your shoes have a bow/any adornments, unpick them carefully without tearing the fabric. Just slide the point of the unpicker under the stitch and pull gently.

3. Using the chalk mark on your cat face. I copied mine from some slippers...

4. Using your needle- it needs to sharp but reasonably large to get through a heavy fabric, punch holes through at stitch length intervals before stitching.

5. In back stitch, using the holes you have just punched, stitch in your cat face.

6. It is best to keep checking your face after each section is completed to try and keep the faces even and reasonably symetrical. Don't be afraid to alter the markings and design as you go.

7. Using fabric paint or a button or a sequin, create the nose for your cat face. Once this is dry, using your hand or a dry cloth, lightly brush off any remaining chalk markings.

Aaaaan they're done. This took me about 2 hours (both shoes that is) so although it requires patience, this is not a lengthy or difficult project.

I'm super pleased with my cat shoes- not only have I saved a (ableit cheap) pair of almost new shoes (which I wrecked on the second wear), I've created shoes that I wanted for free, and that are not quite the same as everyone elses. Sorted.
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14 comments

Caroline said...

They look really good! :) 

Daisychain said...

I love you for this post. Love you even more than I already did!

Maria Fallon said...

AMAZING. That's all I can say! 

Maria xxx

Something Said said...

OMG. I've wanted a pair of these! Now I know how to make them! :D xoxo

Rachael said...

These look so neat! Great job. 

Jess said...

I like these, I made a top once with a design like this on!
I also thought i'd let you know that i gave you an award on my blog: www.xbonjourbelle.blogspot.co.uk
xxxxx

Chloe said...

Thank you, have pretty much been wearing them constantly ever since!

Chloe said...

Muchos love to you too. You have seriously GOT to have a go at this yourself you know.

Chloe said...

I **may** have squealed a little when I realised I had a finished product that wasn't cross eyed...

Chloe said...

Please do, and I'd love it if you sent me the link if you do, would love to see what other people come up with as variations. 

Chloe said...

Thank you. Have a go?!

Chloe said...

Thanks for the award Jess, very sweet of you. I shall be sure to act upon it when I get back from me trip. 

Elise said...

Wow can't believe you made these, they look amazing! :)

Chloe said...

Cheers, they are now my absolute favouritest shoes ever.

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