So I saw this
post on craftster a while ago and I knew I had to try it. I have a whole bunch of old pairs of black converse sitting around that have holes in the fabric, but with okay soles, so this was the perfect project! I also used this
tutorial from instrucables to help out. In short, you cut off the old fabric part and use it as a pattern to make the new ones, then just glue them to the soles. I used E6000 since it's strong yet flexible. I also lined the insides with denim from some old jeans to try to make them a little more rigid. It was kind of a hassel and next time I think I will just double up the fabric, although I only had a fat quarter to work with, and if I doubled up the fabric it might have been a little short.
But, yes...here are my lovely re-vamped converse!
Yes, I attached the original labels, haha.
And look at how straight my sewing was! Holy crap, I am still amazed by this! I have sewn about twice in the past ten years so I am pretty proud of how this came out.
I have worn them a few times and they have held up. I definitely learned a few things along the way though, like:
- Don't make it the exact same size as the pattern, as you will need extra to glue it in. The first shoe I made I didn't leave extra on the toe-end so there is a bit of a gap. The tongue kind of hides it, but it still doesn't look awesome.
- Try to smooth out the fabric when you glue it in. I didn't do this as much as I should have and so they are kind of uncomfortable as there are little regions of fabric that pooch out and poke you in the foot. Ow.
All in all I think the whole thing went really well. I finished it in a weekend (or, it would have been a weekend if I had figured out how many eyelets I needed and bought enough so I didn't have to run to Joann's later. Duh.) The black pair I have now is just about at the end of days, so I will be trying this again soon! And the best part? The fabric was about $3.75 on Etsy and the eyelets were $4, so I now have a pair of totally original converse that were less than $10! Woo hoo!!