DIY Iron-On Cactus Shoes

An easy peasy tutorial for how to make these DIY Iron-On Cactus Shoes in less than an hour! If there’s one recent trend I can fully support, its the cactus print. Cover my home, clothes, and everything in between with it and I’d still be happy. Perhaps it’s because I miss California, or that it’s one of the only plants I can keep alive and healthy, but I’m wayyyy into it.

If you have a plain pair of sneakers on hand (or have $7 to spend on new shoes), you can add a bit of the desert to your wardrobe in no time at all! Here’s how I made my cactus shoes:

Time: 45 minutes
Materials: sneakers, iron, heat transfer material, fabric (can be scrap piece)

An easy peasy tutorial for how to make these DIY Iron-On Cactus Shoes in less than an hour! I used a Silhouette to cut the cactus shape, but you could make a less intricate stencil and cut out by hand if you don’t have a machine. It will most likely add another 30-40 minutes to the make time.

An easy peasy tutorial for how to make these DIY Iron-On Cactus Shoes in less than an hour! Before beginning, stuff your shoe with paper or fabric so that the outside is firm. Cut out all of your cacti shapes and peel the excess transfer material away from the plastic. Position on your shoe (plastic side up), cover with fabric, and iron. I saw the best results when I held the iron in place and just pressed down firmly for 60 seconds.

Peel plastic away from your design and continue transferring remaining shapes until shoe is covered. Then ta-da, you’re done!

An easy peasy tutorial for how to make these DIY Iron-On Cactus Shoes in less than an hour! I haven’t tested these shoes in anything but sunshine (we’re in a bit of a drought in Oregon), so I can’t say how they’ll hold up in rain. I’d seal with decoupage if you were planning on wearing these outside in different weather.

And if you’re not so into the cactus trend, perhaps these diy glitter shoes are more your style!

An easy peasy tutorial for how to make these DIY Iron-On Cactus Shoes in less than an hour!

DIY Pom Pom Brooch

Time: 15 minutes + dry time
Materials: pom pom maker, scissors, yarn, felt, E-6000 glue, pin backs

Add a pop of color to any outfit in 15 minutes with these DIY Pom Pom Brooches!Okay friends, I’m officially hooked on making pom-poms. There’s a support group for that, right? If not, I say we start one. I’ll bring the wine. Either way, these diy pom-pom brooches are a fun way to add a pop of color to your wardrobe without costing much money (each brooch maybe costs $.25 to make, if that!) or taking too much time to make.

Add a pop of color to any outfit in 15 minutes with these DIY Pom Pom Brooches!I’ve made pom-poms with a fork before, and I have to be admit, I kinda hated it. I could never really get the right size or shape that I wanted, so I decided this time to invest the $5 into a set of pom-pom makers. 100% worth it!

Add a pop of color to any outfit in 15 minutes with these DIY Pom Pom Brooches!Once you have your poms all made, turning them into brooches is really easy.You can attach your pin backs in one of two ways: either looping through your poms center knot, or glueing to a piece of felt. I decided to do the latter.

Using your hands, gently flatten the back of your pom out a bit. Glue a piece of felt to you pom and let dry. Then glue on your pin back and let set overnight. In the morning you’ll have a new accessory that’s bound to make any outfit pop!

Add a pop of color to any outfit in 15 minutes with these DIY Pom Pom Brooches!Easy enough, don’t you think? You can wear one or several at a time depending on your mood/outfit– it’s up to you!

Add a pop of color to any outfit in 15 minutes with these DIY Pom Pom Brooches!

 

How to Make a Gathered Skirt

How to Make a Gathered SkirtSince the main reason I’m learning to sew this year is so that I can make my own clothes, I decided what better place to start than with the Simplicity Pattern Class on Creativebug.  You can learn to make a few different pieces in the class, but I decided to make the gathered skirt which is perfect addition to my wardrobe for spring!

How to Make a Gathered SkirtThe class is broken into sections based on specific tasks, so I spaced it out over two days. You could stretch it out as long as you want since the videos can be watched and rewatched.  Creativebug also offers a free two week trial (woo!), which is more than enough time to make this skirt and try a few other classes while you’re at it. After that it’s only $4.95 a month for unlimited classes. Seriously, so cool.

How to Make a Gathered SkirtI’m really just a beginner when it comes to sewing, so I did find parts of this class challenging (mainly putting in the gathers and invisible zipper). I believe it’s made for intermediate students, so if this is your very first sewing class, I might suggest you start with something more basic and work your way up to it.

How to Make a Gathered SkirtParts of my skirt are definitely a little weird (nobody look inside my pockets, k), but I’m really happy with it overall, especially since it was my first skirt project! The fit and shape is also really nice, so I see myself trying this project again as my skills develop.

How to Make a Gathered SkirtWhat do you think?! Have you ever made a gathered skirt before? Do you sew/would you like to see more sewing projects on this blog?

How to Make a Gathered Skirt

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How to Make Glitter Shoes

Time: ~3 hours + additional dry time
Materials: glitter, decoupage, brush, shoes

How to Make Glitter ShoesAfter posting this photo to Instagram, it became pretty clear that you guys love glitter shoes as much as I do. And while the ones in my photo are unfortunately out of stock, you can easily make your own, for under $20 too!

How to Make Glitter ShoesI found these sneakers on Amazon, but you could easily use a pair of shoes you already own like Dear Handmade Life did. I also made a custom blend of glitter, using a full bottle of both the pink & red plus half of the gold. If you buy a large enough container of glitter, you can skip this step.

How to Make Glitter ShoesMix together your decoupage and glitter. The glitter ratio just depends on how solid of a coat you want. Working in small sections, smoothly apply the decoupage. You also will want to stuff your shoes with paper do that the toe section stays firm and so that you can keep glitter from falling into your shoe.

After your first coat, let your shoe dry for a few hours. If you rush the second coat, your brush will pull up the glitter you previously applied. Repeat the same steps for the second coast. Let sit until completely dry and then seal with a layer of decoupage. Once the decoupage is dry (I recommend leaving overnight), your shoes are ready for a day on the town!

**One thing that I wish I would have done here is tape over the non canvas parts of the shoe (specifically the rubber  that goes around the base of the shoe). Because of the grooves, the glitter did not clean up as easily as I anticipated.

How to Make Glitter Shoes

 

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