Hello there! Dani here from High Walls here with a craft project to turn a pair of plain sneakers into adorable spotted footwear!
Polka dots are one of the eternal trends. It seems no matter the year, there are always spots in fashion. Is there really any other pattern that is as forever appealing? Personally, I’m a sucker for spotted shoes. I’m always on the lookout for the perfect pair of polka dot shoes, so when I couldn’t find ones I liked, I thought I’d make my own and you can too! All you need is fabric paint, 2 wooden skewers, a scrap of cotton fabric and an iron.
You can of course use normal fabric paints, but if you don’t have any at home, I have something else you can try. Allow me to introduce to you Fabric Fixative a product that allows you to turn any normal acrylic paint into fabric paint! Pretty neat huh? A 250 mL pot will cost you around $15 and will allow you to make your own fabric paints in any color you like!
Step one: Start by preparing everything; remove the laces from your sneakers and mix together equal parts paint and fabric fixative in the color you want to paint your spots.
Step two: Take a wooden skewer and dip the flat end into the paint and dot in a straight line along the toe of the shoes. Leave around 1cm in between each dot.
Step three: Using a second skewer as a spacing guide (and to help keep your lines straight), mark a second line of dots in alternating positions from the first line.
Step four: Continue line by line from toe to heel. Don’t worry if some of the dots don’t come out perfectly the first time. Once the first layer has dried you can go back over any imperfect dots.
Step five: Once the paint is completely dry, cover the painted area with some calico or cotton fabric – I used an old thin tea towel – and iron over the painted area. Do not allow the iron to touch the paint or it will stick to your iron. This can be a little awkward, so take your time.
Step six: Return the laces to the shoes and enjoy your new spotted shoes!
Dani (DIY Craft contributor)
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