Category Archives: Restyle

DIY Flower Power Platforms

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Here is an easy DIY that will breath new life into that pair of heels collecting dust in your closet. I had a pair of platforms that weren’t getting much use, so I decided to kick them up a notch by re-covering them in some fun vintage fabric. Now they are perfect for summer!

The fabric I used is very loud, but you can use any fabric you like. Remember that patterns like polka dots or plaid will be hard to match up when covering your shoes.

Here is what I started with (can you tell that I love crazy shoes?):

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Materials:

  • Pair of heels
  • Fun fabric
  • Modpodge or PVA
  • Thick paint brush
  • Ribbon
  • Scissors

If your shoes are patent leather, I would use a nail buffer or some sand paper to rough them up so that the fabric will stick better.

Begin by cutting a piece of fabric that will fit around the heel. Make sure to leave some extra since you will be folding the edges under to give it a clean look.

Then paint the heel with PVA and adhere the fabric. Fold the edges in, paint with PVA and smooth them down to the edge of the shoe. I used a bit of ribbon at the heel so that it would match the platform. Just paint the along the plastic of the heel tip and wrap the ribbon around it.

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Play around with your fabric until you find the right placement. I covered my shoe in two sections starting with the back.

Simply paint the area with PVA and adhere the fabric. Since the shoe is curved, there will be little pockets where the fabric doesn’t stick. Once you trim the fabric and fold and adhere the edges, these will disappear.

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Make sure you are leaving yourself enough fabric when you cover the front of the shoe. With a little tugging, the fabric will become flexible in the glue so that you can pull it tight.

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The front is the most tedious, but once you get the fabric trimmed and the edges folded in and adhered, it will look great!

Always make sure to leave some extra fabric at the top to fold over and inside the shoe. This will keep the fabric from fraying or peeling off.

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Now you can paint the platform with PVA and apply the ribbon. You can also use the fabric you are using.

If you are using ribbon, I suggest doing it is strips one at a time. No need for pre-cutting, just pull from the ribbon roll, adhere, and snip. Then repeat.

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Use your scissors or a knife to trim the extra ribbon and make sure all the fabric is secure. Let them dry over night, and they will be ready to wear!

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I will be pairing mine with breezy dresses, fitted skirts, or even shorts.

Enjoy and happy summer!

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Xoxo,

Lily

Cute and Simple Knitted Headband

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I knitted this headband a few weeks ago and I keep forgetting to post a tutorial. Oops! So here it is in all its (slighty dorky) glory!

If you are a beginning knitter this a fun project to try. You only need to know how to knit and purl (or you could make yours using just the basic knit stitch). The bow and faux pearls are stitched on.

Materials

  • 1 skein of wool or wool-blend yarn
  • A few yards of yarn in a complimentary color
  • Size 5 needles
  • Faux pearls or beads of your choice
  • Needle and thread

Begin by casting on 22 stitches. Then knit a stitch, purl a stitch, knit a stitch, purl a stitch, until the end of the row. You should end on a purl. Continue in the same fashion until the length fits around your head. My headband ended up being about 85 rows long.

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Now bind off, sew in one of the threads, and use the other to stitch the ends together. Pull this thread tight so that the ends squish together as tight as possible, and then knot it and cut the extra off.

Using your other yarn, cast on 8 stitches, and proceed with the same knitting pattern that you used for the headband. After about 18-20 rows, bind off, and sew in the threads.

Using your needle and thread or extra yarn, sew the bow to the headband directly over the spot where the ends meet.

Then sew on the faux pearls or beads pulling tight so the shape of the bow is emphasized. When you are done just tie a knot, trim any stray threads, and try it on!

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I am usually not one for hats, so this headband keeps my ears nice and cozy. And it has three of my most favorite things: bows, pearls, and yellow!

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Have fun experimenting with different color combos and decoration. I love bright colors in the winter when everything is a bit too grey. And if you want to spice it up even further, pair your colorful headband with a fun print or polka dots and a touch of vintage like I did.

For more silly pictures and outfit details visit me at Leopard & Lace, or click here.

Happy knitting!

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Xoxo,

Lily

Leopard & Lace

Since I am now totally in love with blogging, I have started a second blog focused on fashion, style, and beauty. It is still in its beginning stages, and you will notice some repeats from Lilbo & Gnomie, but it has a personality all its own.

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For outfit photos, restyled clothing, style tips, runway inspiration, and beauty favorites, visit me at Leopard & Lace. Lilbo & Gnomie will continue along its merry way with lots of DIY tutorials, recipes, decor ideas, and more. Thank you all for the support thus far!!

Xoxo,

Lily