Covering Shoes with Fabric

If you are looking for a way to use scraps of fabric and to customise your own shoes, this is a perfect project for you.

Old shirts, skirts or any cotton fabric that has a pattern you like can be used.

This is a great way to transform a second hand pair of shoes or give those shoes you no longer like a second chance at life.

Items Needed to Cover Shoes:

  • Shoes
  • Mod Podge
  • Sponge brush
  • Pegs
  • Fabric – cotton works best
  • Scissors


Shoes - Before Step 1

  1. Cut the fabric big enough to cover shoes in a rough rectangle
    Shoes - Step 1
  2. Cut a slit in the fabric for the opening of the shoe
    Shoes - Step 2
  3. Cover the toe with a thick layer of Mod Podge
  4. Cover the toe of the shoe with your fabric and press down firmly.  Make sure it is flat with no bubbles or puckering.
    Shoes - Step 4
  5. Cover the sides with Mod Podge and press the fabric onto the shoe.  Leave about 4cm uncovered near the heel so you can make a neat seam
    Shoes - Step 5
  6. Wrap the fabric on one side around the heel going about 1cm past.  Glue down with Mod Podge
  7. Cut the other side 1cm past then fold over to hide the raw edge of the fabric.  Apply Mod Podge and stick down
  8. Trim away excess fabric using very sharp scissors.  Leave about 2cm all the way around.  Cut slits in the fabric around curved areas so it can be folded over without stretching it
    Shoes - Step 8
  9. Apply Mod Podge and stick down all fabric
  10. Trim off all excess fabric at the sole of the shoe
  11. Cover the entire shoe in Mod Podge and allow to dry for 24 – 48 hours.  It will go on white but will dry clear
    Shoes - Step 11 Shoes - Step 11a

Enjoy your customised shoes!

Covering Shoes with Fabric