Mod Podge Shoes


My husband jokes every time I get the bottle of Mod Podge out that I’m going to Mod Podge fabric to our computer keys or Mod Podge our kids clothing to their bodies. Hey, don’t tempt me. I know, I may go a little overboard with this stuff…….but I just had to try it on some shoes. Originally, I saw the idea on a site my sister showed me. And the lady Mod Podged starburst wrappers to some shoes. It was cute…….but I wanted to try fabric.


And using some of my favorite fabric. (from Hobby Lobby……which can only be purchased in their stores, not online. Bummer.)


How fun would these be if you matched them to a cute skirt you’ve made? …….Or just wear them with some jeans. So colorful and fun.


Anyway, this is my first time applying fabric to shoes with Mod Podge and I am in no way claiming that this will last on here forever. I imagine it will do pretty well though. However, don’t wear the shoes out in wet weather unless you buy some sort of sealant that will waterproof the shoes.


Edited To Add: Emilee left a comment and mentioned outdoor Mod Podge… Sure enough, I found some online here. (I’m sure you can find it many places.) But this variety is supposed to be water resistant. Perfect for this project. Thanks Emilee!


Do you want to try it out yourself?


Grab a pair of your old flats or buy a nice inexpensive/clearance pair to try it out on. What the heck, these were only a couple of dollars at Wal-Mart. Worth the experiment.

(I cut the bows off.)


Just lay a piece of fabric over the shoe, big enough to cover the entire thing.


Trim around the edges, just so there’s not tons hanging over the edge.


Then make a slit up the back, almost to the top of the scoop in your shoe.


Apply some Mod Podge to the toe of the shoe. Use plenty of it.


Lay your fabric on top of your shoe and stretch it to the contours of the shoe. You want as little puckering as possible along the sole.


And remember, it’s okay if there is fabric hanging over the edge. We’ll take care of that later.


Continue on down the shoe, applying plenty of Mod Podge and pulling the fabric tight as you smooth it down.


As you get to the heel of the shoe, lay one side flat and cut straight up the back. Apply your Mod Podge and smooth out your fabric.


Then fold over the other piece but make sure there’s enough extra to fold over the end and then smooth down, keeping the raw end tucked under.


Then trim the fabric along the curve of the shoe, leaving about a 1/2 inch of fabric.


Then make some slits along the curve of the shoe to make it easier to tuck under the fabric.


Apply Mod Podge to the under side and tuck the fabric under nice and tight.


And then continue tucking along the sides and heel of the shoe.


Now, using an Exacto Knife/Utility Knife (with a really sharp blade), trim off the excess fabric……right next to the sole.


And then cover the entire shoe with a nice thick coat of Mod Podge.


Allow to dry completely.

Now a new cutie-pie pair of shoes to wear around.
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205 Responses to “Mod Podge Shoes”
  1. 1
    Wes and Dani says:

    Wow, way cute. :) I may have to try this one!


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    Vlazny's says:

    What a fantastic idea! Thank you for sharing this with me. I have to try it now.

  3. 3
    caryn says:

    omg I am doing this today. I have some shoes that need it!!!

  4. 4
    caryn says:

    and I bet you could tear off the fabric when you get tired of it (or it gets dirty!) and start over. this is a GREAT idea Ash! I love your modpodge obsession!!!

  5. 5
    Lanie says:

    These are so cute! Thanks for sharing this!

  6. 6
    justusseven says:

    You are my hero. LOVE IT. I linked to you here:

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    Danny & Crystal says:

    Those are seriously so cute! Thanks for sharing all of your awesome ideas :)

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    Heather says:

    I love this idea – thanks for sharing it with us!

  9. 9
    Kelsee says:

    No way! I love those!!!! Is there anything you can't do?! -Kelsee

  10. 10
    Vone says:

    Cute idea. I could see try this for halloween costumes – when you can't find the perfect coloured shoe.

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    Princess Of Pink says:

    CUTE!!!!!! Oh the things you can do with an older pair of shoes. Thanks for this idea!! He I can do this with a pair of pumps I don't wear anymore!!!!

  12. 12
    Meka says:

    That is super cute! I am going to have to try to find some cute fabric and try that! I am sad we don't have a hobby lobby where I live :(!

  13. 13
    Melanie says:

    Awesome idea, they turned out great!

  14. 14
    Limara Lis - Editora says:


    Interessante, mas gostaria de saber como manter a higiene da sapatilha depois da reciclagem?

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      JillyKaren says:

      If I understand you correctly, you are wondering how to keep the shoes clean after recycling with the fabric and modpodge. I think that if you spray them with sealant afterward to make them water-resistant, you should be able to gently wipe them with a damp cloth to clean them. Hope this helps.

  15. 15
    Andrea and Casey says:

    This is by far the coolest and most unique idea I've seen in a while! Thanks for sharing!

  16. 16
    Nori says:

    Shut up!! That is WAAAY too cute!! I have some shoes that have gotten really worn that I can totally do this to. Is your fabric holding up pretty well? Thanks for sharing!!

  17. 17
    Lynette says:

    I NEVER would have thought of that!!! They turned out great!!!


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    Emilee says:

    Family Fun (maybe?) did this on kids' shoes with tissue paper. Yours are absolutely darling (I like the fabric much better), but they used Outdoor Mod Podge. Maybe that would help them hold up better? I love your shoes.

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    MaryAnne says:

    Great idea, and the final product looks fantastic!

  20. 20
    Rebekah says:

    Well, it's official. Now I've seen everything!

    Totally cute and I have a pair of flats that are just begging for this treatment. Do I dare?

  21. 21
    Erica says:

    so cute. I love that fabric too. Mod Podge has a special place in my heart too.

  22. 22
    Sarah says:


  23. 23
    Twiddle Thumbs says:

    This takes the creativity cake!

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    Amy says:

    GENIOUS!!!! I can't stand it – gotta go make me some. First gotta think up the perfect outfit to match them to!

  25. 25
    Katherine says:

    AHHHH!!! I LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Julie @ Little One-of-a-Kind Design says:

    that is just insane (in a good way!)…wouldn't that be cool for bridemaids shoes? especially on little girls.

  27. 27
    Julie says:

    you are a GENIUS!!!! now I NEED to find a pair of shoes to do this to!!!

  28. 28
    Gena says:

    You're so clever! I don't know how you come up with these things! Love them!!

  29. 29
    "r-creations" says:

    This is an amazing idea. I freakin love it. How can people be so talented. It mind boggling. YOu need to have your own TV show girl. Way to go. I am so glad that i foung your blog. Thanks to Brittneys Cake World. I need to sponser you and have a giveaway (or how ever that works). I would love to have you linked to my blog. I just started my little home buisness making jewelry. i would love to sponser you and giveaway some jewelry, necklaces, bangle bracelet, beaded watches etc. Something fun and different. I just can't get over some of your ideas. Your amazing. The shoes are killer. Keep up the good work. You have def inspired me to try something new. I love that you have the step by step pictures. Sorry for the novel, haha. I am just so amazed at your talent.
    Love, Rachael
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    Jess says:

    Fabulous! I love your fabric choice. So, so cute!

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    jodi says:

    Yea!! They turned out so cute. Did you finish those in one day? I don't remember seeing them when I was visiting.

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    Jenn-Lee says:

    Oh my! Nice! Great creative eye. I think I am willing to try this one with an old pair of red and white striped flats from Old Navy. So fun! Thanks!

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    Emily says:

    so cute, i am definitely going to have to try that one. thanks for sharing your awesome ideas.

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    Embellished Bayou says:

    Another great idea I never would have thought of! I think I have the perfect pair of shoes to try this with, thanks for sharing!

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    Rose says:

    Wow, I am always amazed (and never surprised) at what you can do with a little fabric and some glue!!

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    Mod Podge Amy says:

    Fantabulous!!! These are great!

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    Erin says:

    i never, in a million years, would have thought of this. the shoes look so cool. way to go!

  38. 38
    Erin says:

    i never, in a million years, would have thought of this. the shoes look so cool. way to go!

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    Amanda says:

    WOW, who would have thought?!!! Such a cute idea! I love that fabric too, made a pleated purse and wallet to match, lined in awesome orange. I might have to try this, then I'd have a whole set :)

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    Jenny says:

    Are you KIDDING me?! This is the BEST thing i've EVER seen! I love shoes, crafts, and of course Mod-Podge!!!! I like someone's comment about ripping off the fabric as you get sick of it and starting over. I NEED to add this to my growing list of projects. THANKS!!!

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    Jen V says:

    I love your blog – I have commented several times and have been so inspired by you!

    I am doing an awesome giveaway – check it out at

    Everyone is welcome to enter!!

  42. 42
    Metropolitan Housewife says:

    That is just so darn stinkin' CUTE. I love it!

  43. 43
    Sarah says:

    So so so adorable!

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    sue says:

    seriously you are fabulous!!!

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    The Mehaffie's says:

    These are amazing! I'm definitley trying these!!

  46. 46
    Melissa says:

    wow sooooo cute and so fun!!!

  47. 47
    Alaina says:

    Very cute and I love that fabric too! It totally matches the skirt I made from your Lily Skirt Pattern! I wrote about your new idea for shoes here-
    Thanks again!

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    Tater Tot Mom says:

    So cute!

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    Carissa says:

    Are you serious!?! Holy cow I love this. Now I've got to find some cheap shoes and cute fabric!

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    Heather says:

    I was inspired by your shoes and made some for a little girl, but with a few twists! Check them out on my blog :)


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    Wolfie says:

    That is a totally awesome idea! Thanks for sharing it!


  52. 52
    Rob, Michelle and Luke Greer says:

    Could you be any cuter or more creative? I say "NO"! You are above and beyond so awesome at these projects. Truly a talent!

  53. 53
    [email protected] says:

    Whoa…that is fantastic! SOO many possibilities. I'm going to be scouring the shops for shoes to mod podge. Thanks so much! I'll be linking as well.

  54. 54
    How-To Gal says:

    So awesome!! Linked to your post here

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    [email protected] says:

    What a fantastic idea! Okay, now I have to resort the 'donate' pile I just put together b/c I'm pretty sure there's a pair of shoes in there that this would work on!!

  56. 56
    Martha says:

    oh wow…. I may have to try this.

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    becca greene says:

    omg i am so in love with this idea.

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    becca greene says:

    Now, i have a few questions since as a shoe lover I simply must try this. I have never used modge podge before though as a crafter I know it is used for decoupaging. So, does it make the shoes hard? Are they difficult to walk in? For instance, I have a tendency to roll my feet in flats as an ex marching band geek. Will I still be able to do this or are they too stiff? also, do they appear shiny or is my eye tricking me?

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    Lanie says:

    I linked to this post in my Friday Favorites this morning. So cute!

  60. 60
    Megan Gilmore says:

    So cute! I'm going to link this on my blog if that's okay. I would have never thought you could do it with mod podge! Thanks!

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    Sarah says:

    I love all the things you can do with Modge Podge. Shoes!!!! I can't want try this one. I just have the perfect dress that needed the perfect shoes and now it just got easier! Thanks!!!

  62. 62
    Glammamumma says:

    HOORAH!!! A week ago, I was Googling for a tute on recovering shoes… and that is EXACTLY what you have blogged!!! You must've sensed my desperation! I love them and now that I know what to do, I am off to recover my own shoes! I'm a beginner at Re-fashioning and blogging, but some of my own bitsies are on my own blog… DEFINATELY will be coming here for inspiration more often though! Thank you!!!

  63. 63
    Ashley says:

    Becca……I noticed your question wondering if the shoes get stiff. So far so good. I'm not sure if you'll roll your feet int hem or not. It may depend on how stiff the shoe you use is to begin with. Also, they're not really shiny. Could be that I took the picture the moment they seemed dry. They weren't completely dry. Whoops.

    And for everyone else. I'm SO glad you are enjoying this idea. Have at it……and make some darling new shoes!

  64. 64
    Katherine Sews says:

    So glad to have found your blog. I tried this recently on a pair of pumps, and they never got finished! With your help, I have almost finished my new pair in one sitting!! Off to go find Outdoor Modpodge.

    Take Care! Kat

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    Trina says:

    Adorable! I have that fabric too and love it. Made a dress out of it that ended up way too big so I've been meaning to repurpose it somehow because I love it so much!

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    Linda @ My Trendy Tykes says:

    I can't wait to try this!

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    Jen says:

    My friend just showed me your blog last night and I've been drooling over it ever since! These shoes are so awesome…I'm definitely trying this! I'm thinking that these would make PERFECT Christmas presents for my sisters!

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    Annie says:

    You have combined two favorites: modge podge and shoes – brilliant!!!

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    birdeeb says:

    Oh my gosh WICKED AWESOME! ;o)

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    The Crowder Family says:

    I love these! I've already bought a pair of flats, (from Walmart too!) and some super cute fabric! But what type of Mod Podge did you use? Thank you!


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    Ashley says:


    I used the regular 'ol matte variety but was worried about them getting wet. So if you check out the post near the top, I added a link to some outdoor mod podge that would probably hold up better. Good link and let me know how it goes!


  72. 72
    Ashley says:

    Hahahaha…..I meant good luck, not good link!!

  73. 73
    The Crowder Family says:

    Hot dog! That's the kind I already have, I just wanted to make sure. I did see the part about the outdoor kind, and I may go out and get that too. That means I have to go to a craft store though, darn the luck! : ) Thanks, Ashley! I love your blog, and I appreciate your help! Have a great day!

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    Lynette says:

    I SO want to do this! LOVE how they turned out—So cute. Thanks for the idea!

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    limonurse says:

    I just asked my sister yesterday how to do this. So thanks for the tutorial because she didn't know. :) Going to try it with my work shoes. They are boring old black leather.

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    Jennifer says:

    I love this idea! This would make great gifts too! Thanks for the tute!

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    The Mangerchine's says:

    Wow! So cute!


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    Abigail says:

    does it get crunchy and what happens when you walk in them? stand up? great idea! love it.

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    Amber says:

    I'm totally impressed right now. You just gave me a reason to buy ugly clearance shoes! Fun! :)

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    Honeybee says:

    Can't wait to try this! I have a secret love affair Mod Podge :)

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    The Townsend's says:

    I did this last night and let them dry and this morning my shoes were STIFF! The inside part with Mod Podge on them was really hard too. Any suggestions??? Thanks!

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    Ashley says:

    Hmmmmm…….I never wore the shoes. I gave them to my sister, so I never got a feel for them. (They were too small for me.) But if they're too stiff, I wonder if wearing them would loosen them up. Or maybe using the fabric Mod Podge would work better. Or hmmmm……what if you mod podged under the fabric and then only mod podged around the edges on the outside. Maybe using less mod podge would make it less stiff. Sorry, I hope that helps a bit.

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    Debbie says:

    I covered a pair of pumps years ago with fabric to match my dress. I used Arlene's Tacky Glue and only put it underneath and not on top. It worked very well and did not get stiff. I grew tired of the dress before the shoes wore out. It's a great idea!

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    [email protected] says:

    This is GREAT! I so want to try this…thanks for sharing:-)

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    Phoebe Wilde says:

    Thanks so much for the great idea! You were so brave to try this out for the rest of us!!! I love my "new" shoes that I got to make using your wonderful idea! I wrote about it on my blog!

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    Joshua, Jenni-brooke and Kiersten-brooke Leeper says:

    How did you keep the inside from being too stiff? Mine felt sharp when I put them on and couldn't walk in them. What's the trick to making them comfy?

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    Ashley says:

    There is a comment from Debbie just a few commenters above yours and she mentioned using Arlene's Tacky Glue underneath the fabric and not on top. She said it kept hers from getting stiff. May be worth a try! Thanks Debbie!!! :)

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    estergonyesil says:

    super..I like it.

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    efser says:

    It's so cute and simple and charming and brillant idea.. i must try it as soon as possible..

    i love it!!!

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    MusicalThought says:

    As promised, here is the link to the post I put up!

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    Holly jo says:

    Such a great idea!!! I have never used modpodge, but I am going to have to get some now. I have boats for feet and all the cute shoes are normally in smaller sizes…now it doesn't matter!! I can make them look however I want!! Thanks so much!

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    Gale says:

    Just love this concept. Maybe you could tacky glue a thin piece of seam binding on the inside over the stiff edges. Another possibility would be to NOT glue to the inside, but use coordinating seam binding on the inside edge of the shoe (using a tacky glue that doesn't get stiff). Now I'm going to have to experiment

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    inday_adin says:

    This is one clever idea of refashioning your old flats. Thank you for sharing! :) I have to try this. I have to buy me some materials first. :) Amazing!

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    Shelby says:

    I love this idea! I just came across your page the other day, I hope you don't mind I linked to it :)

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    Jodi Ann! says:

    Great Post! I linked to it today :)

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    famr_4evr says:

    This is such a great idea. I think it would be a great way to have matching shoes for Prom. It is coming up this weekend for us. Better get busy!!!

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    marta says:

    really, truly incredible. never woulda known those were made with modge. pretty awesome. so happy to discover you over on the mother huddle today! am a new fan of yours.

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    Heidi says:

    Visiting from the mother huddle…

    So SUPA cute! I've also seen mod podge shoes at Ooops, I craft My Pants Off" but forgot that I had wanted to try it out – love your choice of fabric!!

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    Meg says:

    Wow, that is amazing! Even me, just a beginning Beginner ;) can do this! I can't wait to try it!

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    Marzia says: