I bought a cheap pair of cotton shoes that charmed me in the shop, but by the time I’d got them home I was convinced they looked like slippers for an old lady to wear around the house. So I had a think about what I could do to jazz them up a bit.
First of all I raided my button box and found some buttons the same colour as the printed roses on the shoes. I wanted some straps to help keep them on, and some navy grosgrain suited the bill. I had some little white plastic slider things (no idea what to call them, but they are a bit bigger than ones you might get on a bra strap) and some velcro.
I sewed the buttons along the front of each shoes with double thread, then started at one end and sewed each one again just to make sure it was secure. I had planned to dab each thread with glue, but they seemed secure enough.
I lay the grosgrain across the shoes and planned how I’d make the strap work. I cut them to length, and melted the ends slightly with a lighter to make sure it didn’t fray. I then sewed one end on the outside of the foot and the little slider on the opposite side before threading it through and back towards the outside again. A little velcro on the outside of the shoe and the corresponding piece on the end of the grosgrain, finished off with a matching button to make sure it didn’t slide back through the slider.
Maddie (like her brother Quincy) likes to sleep on my bag, and wasn’t keen on moving so I could take a photo. I think she approves though.