January 03, 2012

TOMS Shoe Makeover

Many, many months ago I mentioned that my mother-in-law bought me some Toms.  I was so excited and I wore them a whole lot.  I wore them enough to get a hole in the front of them.


So I gathered some supplies to fix the problem.  I happened to have some coordinating fabric in my scrap bin.  I pulled out Aleene's Fabric Fusion Peel and Stick Sheets, which were PERFECT for this project.


Here's what they look like now.....


Here's how it went down.  I love dry adhesives because there is NO mess.  There's no wet glue seeping through the fabric.  It's simple and clean.  There are several sheets in the pack.  They come with the adhesive sandwiched between two pieces of white paper. 


I peeled one side off and applied it to the shoe, lining it up with the long seam across the top of the shoe.


Then I smoothed it over the front middle and then along the sides.  Naturally, you'll need to pleat it where the pleats are in the shoes.  Then just trim the paper to match the shoe.


The sheet didn't cover the entire front, to I added a few more pieces until the whole front area was covered.


Once you've got the paper everywhere you can smooth it over the shoe to get the adhesive to adhere and the just peel off the paper.  Now it looks like this.


Then applied the fabric the exact same way.  My fabric was canvas, so it was fairly thick.  If you choose a thinner fabric you might want to patch the hole first and then add your fabric.

You could apply a little fray check around the bottom, but if you got the adhesive all the way to the bottom I don't think you'll have to worry much about fraying.  It's stuck on quite well.


I added a little extra adhesive inside the pleats to get them to stay flat.


I smoothed the fabric over to get it really stuck on there - especially at the bottom.  I didn't like the raw edge of the fabric across the top of the shoe so I decided to add a little bit of lace.  I used the dry adhesive again, cutting it into thin lines and then I laid the lace over it.  


And BAM.  They're done.  No waiting until they are dry because they already are!


And it's kind of fun to have a pair that's totally unique.


Thanks for reading.

47 comments:

  1. totally cute! thanks for the explanation of how!

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  2. Ingenious and great tutorial. Love it.

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  3. My pair of toms have holes in the exact same spots too. Yours turned out so cute!

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  4. Oh my gosh those came out soooo cute!! I love them! I haven't ever heard about that sticky stuff and now I can't wait to use it :)
    Thank you for your awesome tutorial!

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  5. Well, now... there's a product I need to know about! Thanks!

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  6. um those are adorable! Love how much they change up the shoe. And I never knew this adhesive existed. Thanks for telling us about it. I know it will come in handy someday for me.

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  7. Makes me wish I had not thrown mine out....

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  8. Those turned out adorable! You have solved a major problem for lots of people. I don't know anyone who doesn't get wholes in their Toms. I have never seen those adhesive sheets, I need to look for them! Thanks!!!

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  9. What store did you get the adhesive sheets from? I have never seen those before. I also have a pair of shoes that are wore out and need a makeover. What a great idea, thanks for sharing your creative idea with us!

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  10. I love love LOVE these Cheri ! Awesome job, so unique ! Thanks for sharing the how to :)

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  11. Super cute! I love my Toms, so I know this is going to be a solution I will need in a few months. Love how cute they are!

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  12. Recently my daughter busted a whole in the front of her Uggs she received for her bday. And I have been really bummed about that, I saw something similar about repairing Toms on pinterest but didn't know the proper adhesive, thank you for the idea. P.S. The lace is perfection!!!

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  13. I love the houndstooth and the lace! They are so cute done up this way. Great job, again. You never fail to impress with your crafting skills... :)

    Whitney@grassrootelegance.com

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  14. GREAT idea! I only have one pair of sparkly TOMS but am wanting some more for Spring!

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  15. OH my GOSH!! Super cute!!! fabulous job!

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  16. Brilliant, they look great and no one else will have a pair. Now off to find a pair of shoes to customise!x

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  17. Cheri,

    I had never heard of this product before and I like to think that I know a lot about every product out there! lol :) Yes, my husband thinks I'm smug and a know-it-all but I like to think of myself as just "informed".
    I wish had known about these when I was repairing my daughter's jeans last week.
    Keep up the great work!

    Maureen

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  18. Eeek! Great idea! Mine haven't worn out yet, but my sister's have. I totally need to fix them up for her!

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  19. Cute! I have the exact same pair so I will have to remember this if I ever get holes in mine!

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  20. LOVE this!! You are super smart and creative ;)

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  21. Cool! You should post a photo to Toms FB page, they have lots of pics of 'custom' shoes up.

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  22. You are brilliant! Those look fantastic. And now, no one in the world will have a pair that looks like yours!

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  23. Very awesome! Bookmarked for when my new Toms decide to become old Toms!

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  24. Seriouly? Amazing! I just can't believe it. Sooooo crazily amazing. Great job!

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  25. So cute! Love the red houndstooth.

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  26. anyone with well loved Toms has that hole, it's from your toenail :) weird right?

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  27. I would love to have some Tom's. They look so comfortable! I have seen so many cute ways people have "decorated" them and yours is just precious.

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  28. So cute, and you made it look so easy! I'm definitely going to have to try this!

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  29. I can not WAIT to show this post to my daughters. Their TOMS do the same thing after wearing them - they get that toe hole thingie. WOW Love, love, love it. I never thought about TOMS rehab. Excellent post. Thank you

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  30. Tiffany commented on doctoring a pair of uggs...has anyone tried this? I have that same toe problem with mine! And the opposite boot got caught in a door and ripped a hole in it! Now...off to get some TOMS!!!! and some adhesive tape stuff....

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  31. so smart and cute. a nice tribute to your mother-in-law to let her know how much you really love them.!

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  32. My son's have a hole in the front too (although much worse than yours). I am going to try this to fix his. Did you have to use fray check on your new fabric? I would be concerned that the new fabric (the covering part) would come apart.

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    1. Christina, I didn't use fray check because the edges were really stuck to the adhesive. I didn't think they were going anywhere. You can always use it just in case, though. It wouldn't hurt anything.

      Cheri

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  33. PURE GENIUS {and Super Cute!!!}

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  34. TOTTALLLLLYY Ca-UTE!!

    Micia

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  35. Can you do the Same to a hole on the back of the shoe? Thats where all the holes are on mine.

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    1. Absolutely! Just patch it and then cover it with fabric or pick a thick fabric and let it do both for you.

      Good luck!

      Cheri

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    2. How did u attach the ribbon

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    3. How did u attach the ribbon

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    4. I used the dry adhesive again for the lace/ribbon, cutting it into thin lines and then I laid the lace over the shoe.

      Cheri

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  36. I repaired my TOMS last night. I couldn't find the adhesive at Joanne's, so I used liquid stitch instead. It worked perfectly. While I was doing the repair, the husband said, "Why don't you just buy a new pair?" My mouth dropped to the floor. Since when did he start suggesting that I buy new stuff? I told him that I would repair these and THEN buy a new pair. Think smarter, not harder! Anyway, my "new" TOMS look fabulous!! Thanks for the tip.

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  37. I was inspired you and tried it with the liquid stitch as well. I absolutely love the end product, thank you! Is there a way to send you a picture so we can see what other people who have tried this have done?

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    1. If you click on "You roared" at the top of the page there's a link to a flickr group where you can post pictures of projects inspired by the blog. Thanks!

      Cheri

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