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« on: May 13, 2005 02:29:44 PM »

Cute little ballet flats made from a heavy canvas ticking, interfacing, pipping and leather.

If you'd like the instructions or a pattern, im working on that. (im going to make alittle tutorial soon, so everyone can have a pair) But they're really quite easy and very comfertable! Smiley Tell me what you think. Are you interested in getting the instructions?


Here you go! The instructions to make your very own collection of custom ballet flats. Any problems with the instructions or pattern send me a message. I'll try and fix it!

1.   Cut out two soles out of a medium weight leather (or pleather, which ever you choose) And two tops of the shoes out of a heavy cotton canvas (CUT ON THE FOLD), or whatever you want (If it's too lightweight, put some heavy interfacing on it. Any way you look at it, make sure it's sturdy.) **You may need to adjust the pattern for your feet. I'm about a 7, but one foots bigger then the other, so I had to figure that out. Just play around with scraps for the first pair, then make the real shoes once youve figured out the right size, and shape for your foot.**
2.   Match up, right sides together (meaning, which ever side of the leather is going to have contact with the floor, and which ever side of the fabric you want on the outside, match those together) And pin in the direct middle of the toes.
3.   Sew down one side of the shoe, making sure to curve in the heel of the fabric slightly. Then flip over and repeat on the other side. At this point, your shoe should be inside out, with the back heal open.  Sew up the fabric at the heel, so you have an inside out shoe. Flip right side out.
4.   Repeat with other shoe.
5.   Finish off raw edge (on the top/inside of shoe) with binding or piping, or anything you want (piping is the easiest, I believe) The inside seems of the shoe dont necessarily have to be finished, but if you want to, go ahead!
6.   Any questions, send me a message, Ill try and help as much as I can.
7.   If the instructions arent clear Ill post them again with pics. Just let me know!
<33 Hope it all makes sense!

Heres the pattern:
I had to make it realllyyy small, so before you print it out, put it in your Paint Shop Pro, or what not and resize it to 8 1/2 by 11" And then print it. (If its still too small, work off of the pattern i gave you and make a bigger one for your feet.) And sorry about how sloppy it is. hehe, im not too good with the scanner.

Have fun! And im warning you, you may break a few needles. hehe!

-For the leather, i know there have been some questions, but there are many places you can find it. Start off at your local fabric store for remnants or what not, or at an upholstery shop, they might have some remnants as well.
-If you're really desperate and interested in making more then one pair, go to garage sales or thrift shops and look for old leather jackets/pants/bags anything, because you can cut those apart and turn them into the soles of the shoes as well.

For the canvas, you can find that anywhere. If you really want, you could even use vintage pillow cases (with interfacing on it for durability) anything will work.

Once the shoes are done, you can add anything your heart desires. Ribbon, bells, buttons, glitter, ANYTHING! They're your shoes. Smiley hehe

(TIP ABOUT FIT: It helps, for arch support to take in a slightly bigger curve on the inside on the shoe. That way it fits your foot better. And make sure the sole isnt too big for you foot, if it is, it wont fit correctly.)

Hope this new info is helpful!!
« Last Edit: May 14, 2005 01:40:12 PM by iheartohmy » THIS ROCKS   Logged

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« Reply #1 on: May 13, 2005 02:36:32 PM »

Definately!! they are soooo cool  Cheesy

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« Reply #2 on: May 13, 2005 02:38:30 PM »

So cute! You made those from SCRATCH? Wow. I'm impressed.
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« Reply #3 on: May 13, 2005 02:39:26 PM »

i would LOVE the pattern for those! they're so cute!! i'm amazed that you could actually make shoes. awesome job!

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« Reply #4 on: May 13, 2005 02:42:09 PM »

How wonderful!!!!! Definately post the pattern!!!

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« Reply #5 on: May 13, 2005 03:00:44 PM »

Those are incredible! Great job Grin I can't believe you made them from scratch.. awesome!! I <3 them and the bow especially Cheesy

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« Reply #6 on: May 13, 2005 03:00:55 PM »

pattern please!!
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« Reply #7 on: May 13, 2005 03:04:43 PM »

Those are awesome can't wait for the tut!

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« Reply #8 on: May 13, 2005 03:13:05 PM »

So sweet, i definently want a pair!!

« Reply #9 on: May 13, 2005 03:20:59 PM »

Great job! I'd just love it if you posted a pattern for these too!

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