Use permanent fabric markers to embellish plain canvas shoes with your own unique flair! Making fabric marker shoes is a great craft project for kids, tweens and teens, but crafters of all ages can get in on the fun, too. Using fabric pens makes this a project that doesn’t create a huge mess. Continue reading for all the details!
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Supplies for Embellished Fabric Marker Shoes
- White canvas sneakers
- Marvy Uchida fabric markers: Neon Graffiti set and black dual-tip
Note: All of the items used for this project can be found at Michaels. Yay!
These fabric marker shoes are so simple, and such a great way to show off your unique personality. The basic process for making them goes like this:
Step 1: Use a pencil to doodle designs over the entire outside surface of each shoe.
Be creative! Designs like butterflies, flowers, hearts and swirls are easy and fun, but for those with great artistic skills, you could add any design under the sun.
Step 2: Outline the design with the black fabric marker pen.
This gives the design the look of a coloring book page. Super cool!
Steps 3 and 4: Color the design and add ribbon laces.
The fun part: adding lots of bright color! Use the colored fabric markers to fill in the design any way you like. When you’re done coloring, thread ribbon through the eyelets in place of traditional shoelaces (you can use the laces that came with the shoes as a guide for how long to cut the ribbon).
Aren’t these shoes so bright, whimsical and fun? There really is no limit to the many ways you can personalize them to make them truly your own!
I love how the ribbon ties really take these to the next level. You could even add decorative patches, rhinestones or sequins for even more flair!
Helpful tip: Using permanent fabric pens will ensure your design lasts even when worn, but for added durability, I recommend spraying the shoes with Scotch Guard so they can be easily cleaned when needed.
Having grown up in a home brimming with sewing notions and paintbrushes, Amy has a deep love for all things creative. On any given day, you’ll find her knee-deep in her latest creative endeavor, with projects ranging from sewing and crafts to home decor and kid-friendly ideas. Amy believes that everyone, regardless of skill level or experience, possesses the ability to create something beautiful, and Positively Splendid was born of her passion for helping others harness their innate creative potential.