I’ve said before that I don’t really like these shoes and have been planning on sprucing them up a bit for ages. I don’t want to do anything fancy, I just want to change the bows at the front. I decided to use a black textured silk fabric. It’s stiff enough to hold the shape of the bow and I like the combination of the striped texture with the faux suede feel of the shoes.
Firstly I unpicked the original bows.
To make the new bows, cut two rectangles 10 cm (4″) by 16 cm (6 1/4″). Fold in half lengthwise and sew with 1 cm (3/8”) seam allowance. Turn though to the right side and press flat.
Fold in half again so the raw edges meet and sew with 1 cm (3/8”) seam allowance so you have a loop of fabric. Repeat with the other bow piece.
To make the centre of the bows cut two more rectangles, 3.5 cm (1 3/8″) by 6 cm (2 3/8″) and fold in 1 cm (3/8″) along each long each, pressing flat with your iron.
Pinch the large loop in the centre (with the seam in the middle at the back). Secure with a couple of stitches.
Hand stitch one end of the narrow strip to the back of the bow.
Wrap the strip all the way around the centre of the bow. At the back, fold over the raw edge of the strip and hand stitch the folded edge to the back of the bow.
When I was talking about these shoes a while ago I asked for ideas for attaching the bows, clips were suggested. I thought this is a great idea but I couldn’t find any shoe clips locally and I wasn’t sure if clip on earring backs would be strong enough as these shoes are already getting a lot of wear and tear. So I went with velcro. You can buy small self adhesive velcro dots but it’s a pretty expensive way to buy velcro and I’m not sure how well the adhesive would stick to fabric. I cut small rectangles off a length of velcro and used Selleys Multi Grip to glue them to the shoes and the backs of the bows. Make sure you allow the glue to dry properly before attaching the bows to your shoes.
I am happy enough to use velcro, because I don’t like the look of the shoes without any embellishment so I’ll always want something stuck to the front. However if you’re making bows for lovely shoes that you might want to wear without the bows, I’d recommend hunting down some shoe clips. If anyone knows of a good supplier, feel free to link to them in the comments below.
How much cuter do they look now?
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