Wednesday, 28 May 2014

Blank canvas

Take a pair of plain canvas pumps,

Some patterned cotton fabric

and ring the changes

I saw the idea in Prima magazine and they are so easy to make.
Measure the length of the original laces and add 2cm.  Cut out fabric this length by 4cm.  Press under 1cm on all edges, press in half lengthways and stitch round the edge.

I find it hard to press under a small amount like 1 cm on a long edge so I just press in half first then fold the outer edges into the middle and pin before sewing.  I also always have trouble stitching a short edge at the start because they bunch up under my pressure foot, so I sewed the laces starting somewhere on a long edge finishing at the short end then turning it round and sewing from the same place again to the other end.

When I'd finished all three pairs and saw them together, it took me right back to my childhood

Nothing to do with laces, it was the colours.
When I was a kid I loved rings and built up quite a collection.  Mainly out of lucky bags, but the corner shop had a selection of kid's rings on a tray (the ones with expanding bands).  I eventually got three of the same ring in different colours.  They had a large coloured 'pearl' in the centre - in pink, lilac and blue, just like the laces.    I thought I was the bees knees wearing them!


  1. That's a brilliant idea! Thanks for sharing.

  2. They look wonderful, a really great idea to cheer up some plain pumps.
    Jacquie x

  3. What a fun idea, they look great.

  4. These look fab -and easy to coordinate with different outfits - well done! Jane x

  5. I love your creativity with fashion!

  6. Wow, that is so cool! Think I'll be trying this out, thanks for posting. x

  7. Such a cute and simple idea but they really look great! :)

  8. "Little Blue Mouse" has been included in my Arlynda Lea's Sites to See #2. I hope this helps to call attention to your efforts.

  9. I love this idea, they really look pretty. Thanks for sharing x