+ DIY fabric shoe attachments

Another DIY project with Minnetonka Moccasin and this time it involves a little bit of sewing. By taking a little bit of fabric you can add a whole new spin to your shoes. You can dress them up with glittery or metallic fabric (doing that next), or make them fun with some stripes or polka dots, or you can keep with the theme of moccasin and attach something native american to them. No matter what you choose, this little DIY is great for transforming you shoe in under a half hour. 
Check out the tutorial here on Minnetonka Moccasin’s site and below.
Photography by the lovely Corey Bryson.Oh…and don’t forget to enter the giveaway to win some Minnetonka Moccasins here!

A couple squares of fabricNeedle and thread and/or sewing machine
ScissorsMeasuring tape
Paper and pencil

1. Take some paper and a pencil and make a pattern of the top of your shoe.  Do this by laying the paper on the top part of your shoe and tracing it with a pencil, outlining where the thread hits or where the pieces of the shoe join together.

2. Measure the top part of the shoe, and write down the measurements on the pattern piece you made, checking it for accuracy.
3. Cut out the paper pattern piece with an added 1/2″ around it for the added seam allowance. It is ok if it isn’t perfect.
4. Cut fabric pieces from the paper piece. Cut 4 full pieces out, two stay the full piece, and the two pieces are cut in half (into 2 pieces), cut it right where the tongue of the shoe will begin. So you will then be left with 6 pieces all together. 2 full pieces and 4 half pieces.
5. Take the 4 pieces (2 will be sewn to the back of one non-cut piece), and hem the straight parts, where they were cut. Do this by folding the end under an eighth to a quarter inch twice and sew a straight stitch across it to secure it in place.
6. Take the top and bottom back pieces you just hemmed, and sew it to the full front piece around just the outside. Make sure when you sew them together, the front sides of the fabric (the outside part with the pattern) are touching.
7. Turn the fabric piece right side out and iron down flat.
8. Slide the tongue part opening of the fabric piece over the tongue of the shoe.
9. With a needle and thread (I used embroidery thread for a thicker look), attach the fabric piece around the threading of the front part of the shoe. The tongue of the shoe should stay in place


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  2. Very cool! This is very cute, I love how it turned out :)

  3. this looks fab! what a great diy
    kw Ladies in Navy

  4. Wow thats so cool… You inspire me to DIY but I’m so nervous cause I have no crafting skills :/

  5. Super cute! I love this idea! :)

    xx Ashleigh

  6. Such a cute idea! Love how you dressed those mocs up!

  7. that’s so awesome , who would think of such things?! great post.


  8. you are too cute!!

  9. WOW! awesome! awesome!!.. this is so great idea!!! thank you! :)

  10. I like these better than the originals. You are very talented, btw.

  11. These are so amazing and quirky!

  12. wauw, this is so cute!

  13. this is such a great DIY! must put it on my ‘to do’ list



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  17. Adorable DIY! I have a question minnetonka sizing. I have a pair of the slip on mocs, but I’m looking to buy a pair of lace up low tops to wear in colder weather. Do you wear your mocs with socks and if so, did you buy your actual size or size down? My slip ons (I wear barefoot)are 1.5 sizes smaller than my normal size, so I’m not sure how to estimate for mocs I hope to wear with socks.

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