Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Drop-Dead Denim Guest: Chris from Pickup Some Creativity

I am SO happy to have had Gwen over on Monday and Chris over today for Drop-Dead Denim. I've been under the weather all this week and it is such a relief to be able to turn over my little blog to these exemplary bloggers and trusted friends, and just rest. I can't thank them enough for being here when I really needed them. Hugs to you both. ♥M.

So here's Chris now with a very sweet denim project just for you...

I'm tickled to be included in this month's Drop-Dead Denim party. My name is Chris, and I write about creativity and family life at Pickup Some Creativity. I must confess that this theme stretched me a bit. My beloved sewing machine has been in the shop for her yearly beauty treatment...and I had to think of something to do by hand {gasp!}. We've recently moved, and in the disarray that inevitably follows, I am still finding my groove. I appreciate Michele for giving me a kick start!

Today I'm going to show you a simple way to jazz up some canvas shoes with denim scraps. I found come cute white canvas shoes for my little one. And after wearing them only twice, they were already looking pretty dingy. I decided they needed some disguising so that they will last a bit longer than two wearings! Want to play along? Grab the following items and gear:

  • Denim scraps

  • Lace scraps (two lengths about 8 inches long)

  • Fabric glue

  • Two buttons

  • White thread

  • A small lid for tracing circles

  • Your sewing stuff, including scissors, pinking shears if you have them, washable marking pen, needle, etc.

Step One. Using a washable marking pen, trace a couple circle shapes. I used a baby food jar lid, which is about 2 inches in diameter.

Step Two. Cut out the circles, preferably with pinking shears.

Step Three. Gather the lace. Using your hand needle and a long length of thread, sew small stitches along one side of the lace.

Pull the tread tight to gather the lace. Sew the ends together to make a circle and knot the thread, trimming the extra.

Step Four. Add the lace to the denim circle. Center the lace so it just peeps out beyond the denim circle.

Fold the circle in half. Stitch a few times to keep it tight.

Now, stitch a button to the center of the half circle as shown here:

Step Five. Attach the design to the shoe. Put a line of glue just down from the fold. Place on the shoe where you want it to go.

Using a hemming stitch, sew the denim to the shoe.

Add a dot of glue near the toe of the shoe, and add a tack stitch to hold the denim in place.

You're almost done!

Now the shoes are ready for lots more playing and use.

I hope you enjoyed this little tutorial. I would love for you to pop on by and visit my blog. I have lots of tutorials and free patterns for you to see. I also have a little etsy shop where I have a few sewing patterns for sale, and even some handmade items too.

Thank you so much for inviting me to contribute, Michele. I love reading your blog and appreciate your kind friendship.

Such a cute shoe embellishment! Great way to perk up those little canvas shoes that have seen brighter days. I have some footwear that could do with this kind of sweet and simple makeover. Thanks so much for the inspiration Chris!

Okay now... for today I'm Diggin' This Denim: Shoulder Bag by Kackleboan

Have a lovely day now. I'll see you tomorrow with a denim project that had me scratching my weary head...


  1. Chris, such a sweet makeover for canvas sneakers. The addition of the lace is perfec. My daughters don't wear denim (weep) but this may be away to sneak it in!

    I hope you feel better soon Michele.

  2. I'm sorry to hear that you have been under the weather. I might have caught it from you. I woke up to a sore throat this morning :(

  3. Well as a first, I am quite enjoying the denim series Michele! Secondly, this is so cute - with this project we can prolong life of sneakers - except for boys I would add an appropriate applique. I say boys since Jacob manages to make a hole where his biggest toe is and always in the right trainer/sneaker.

  4. Thank you so much for hosting, Michele. Wishing you lots of rest and a speedy recovery. :)

  5. What a great idea - white shoes are impossible to keep clean - denim hides all sins! Love it, Chris, thanks for the fun tutorial. Feel better, Michele!

  6. Oh my goodness.. cuteness in a shoe.... I must be careful not to with grandiegirls grow too soon!!

  7. These are so sweet, Chris. I love the buttons on top. Adorable!

    Hope you're feeling better, Michele :)


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