Easy Summer Sandal Makeover

Posted by Meghan Quinones

The other day it was warm here in Chicago. This was a HUGE accomplishment for the city because Summer keeps coming for a day and then Winter decides to come back for a few days! This game is getting very old, Mother Nature. Very old.

When it was Summer, everyone was sporting their new sandals. People get so exciting to show-off their new seasonal gear, especially when we transition from Spring to Summer. I hopped right on this bandwagon and bought myself a pair of summery sandals from Forever 21. The sandals were a simple strappy sandal in a metallic silver color. I saw my sandals as a blank canvas and decided to give them a little makeover. They just felt too plain for me!

I ended up adding a pop of color to my sandals with some embroidery floss. I decided on a design and created a template. Then, I used my leather punch to add holes to my straps, making it SUPER easy to stitch them with my floss. You can add whatever design you fancy with a leather punch. Just dream up a design and punch it out!

Have you ever altered a pair of shoes before? What did you do?

Here's what you'll need:

  • Sandals
  • Leather Punch
  • Embroidery Thread
  • Scissors
  • Embroidery Needle
  • White Paper
  • Pencil
  • Repositionable Spray Adhesive
  • Ruler

Let's get crafty!

Measure the length and the width of your strands. I pressed down on my straps to flatten them out so I could get an accurate measurement.

Once you get your measurements, use your ruler to trace out both straps on your paper. For my design, I added three rows in the center of each template. I spaced each dot a 1/2 inch apart. For my second row, I started my center row with my first dot in the center of the top two dots in my first row. I did not want my center row to be dierectly under my first row. I aligned my third row with my first row to keep them even.

Cut out your templates and spray the backs with spray adhesive. Place your first template on top of your strap, pressing it down.

Place your leather punch over each of your marks and press down. Do this to all of your marks.

Add your other template to your other strap and begin punching over each of your marks until all of them have been punched out.

Cut 3 yards of black embroidery floss, run it through your needle, double up the floss, and tie a knot at the end.

Go up through the bottom of the first hole in your strap and down through the hole next to it. Then, go back up through the next hole and then back down through the prior hole, creating a back stitch.

Continue doing a back stitch until you create a hexagon. Repeat this stitch until your strap is full. You will repeat Steps 7 and 8 on your other strap.

Cut a piece of pink embroidery floss that is two yards long, double it up, and tie a knot at the end. Go up through the bottom of the last hole on the right. Go down through the hole next to it. You will once again do a back stitch in a straight line all of the way actross the top of your sandal.

Repeat Step 9 on your other strap.

Time to throw on your sandals and (if you live in Chicago) hope the weather cooperates!