Easy DIY Flats: Refurbish Your Old Flats


This is a quick tutorial on how to create “Easy DIY Flats.” I contemplated on on having another person model my flats for the photos, but I realized, I accept and love myself as I am (toes and all). My toes look that way at the bottom because I was born with Brachymetatarsia. Brachymetatarsia is a condition in which one of the five long bones of the foot is abnormally short, resulting in a shortened toe. In my case it affected both of my feet.

The condition can cause several problems over time (I’m starting to feel it) because during walking weight is normally transferred from the fifth toe to the fourth, then to the third, and so on until it reaches the first toe. Brachymetatarsia disrupts this process.

It’s very hard for me to find shoes, embarrassing to get pedicures, and kids taunted me about it growing up. But it is what it is, So there you go : )

PS: I’ve only met two other people that have brachymetatarsia in my life.

Back to the tutorial.

Since I don’t wear sandals, the closest thing to it (in my book) is flats. I’ve had a pair of flats for a long time. I really, probably should have thrown them out, but I just couldn’t because they are so comfortable. So I decided to refurbish them.


  • Old Flats (or cheap flats)
  • Mod Podge (I used Outdoor Mod Podge for my top coat) but used regular Mod Podge for the rest.
  • Scissors
  • Fabric ( I got a 1/2 yard of cute little Mardi Gras mask fabric from Hobby Lobby)
  • Foam Art Brushes
  • X-Acto Knife (find one here X-Acto knife)

you can find Cute Fabric here.


I started by rebinding the soles of my shoes with “Shoe Goo”. Then I cut out two pieces of fabric long enough to cover each shoe.


Now follow these step-by-step instructions from Make It & Love It  and you’ll have a cute pair of refurbished flats. Do you like them? I absolutely LOVE them.




I kept getting asked where I got my flats from so I decided to post it for you, giving credit to Make it & Love It. She creates the most amazing items.



  1. May 17, 2013 / 8:31 pm

    Oh I love this idea! And being a seamstress, I have so many fabrics and nice thing is..it won’t take much fabric to use. Oh my mind is reeling now with the themes I could do. Thanks for sharing this idea 🙂 They are beautiful & your right we are beautiful the way we are from God. I love your spirit 🙂 Going now to join your newsletter so I don’t miss other great post flowing by. Trying to get a tutorial posted now myself on redoing windchimes. Stop by sometime & say hi at my spot 🙂

  2. May 15, 2013 / 10:16 am

    Love this!!! Going to totally share with Rosie.

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