DIY Beaded TenniesSeptember 27, 2010 5:55 am Craft Trends, Crafts, Kid's Crafts, Sewing, Techniques and Mediums
By Kid’s Craft Contributor, Gillian from the blog “Dried Figs and Wooden Spools”.
My daughter loves, LOVES a certain very expensive brand of kids shoes that feature sparkles and beading and flowers. She received a pair as a gift last year and wore them until they were so tight they made her feet blue. Alas we finally had to pass them on before her feet were permanently a size two! Ever since she has asked and asked for more “sparkly beady shoes!” and while I’d love to buy her some, they are a little more than I’m willing to pay for shoes for someone who grows several inches a year. Until her feet stop growing so fast, we had to find another solution. And when I ran across these little flowered shoes on the clearance rack the other day, I knew just what to do to satisfy my girls craving for sparkly beady shoes!
Decide how you want to decorate your shoes. You can outline flowers, put beads in the centers of flowers or fill in individual petals or shapes. Stitch in and out through the fabric of the shoe at your starting point and tie off the tail. Slip one or two beads at a time onto the needles and stitch into place. Continue until you have enough of the shoe beaded to satisfy your own little sparkle fanatic (or until they can’t wait any longer to wear them!)