Monday, May 28, 2012

DIY: TOMS Sandals

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Dress: JC Penney
Belt: Vintage (My Grandma's)
Shoes: DIY TOMS Sandals

Hello everyone!  It's been a while since my last blog post.  My time between now and Mother's Day has been jam-packed - I've transitioned to a new house for the summer, spent some quality time at my family's lake cottage, and soaked up the sun in Nick's family's new pool!  I officially start my internship tomorrow (I am SO excited and nervous!) and it will be my first time working a 9 to 5 job.  I've packed my lunch and set my alarm, but I expect it will take me a while to get used to my new schedule.  

I wanted to relax as much as I could before my internship started, so I passed the time reading the Dexter book series by Jeff Lindsay (I'm on the 3rd one; they're addicting), rollerblading, and perusing the internet.  When I stumbled across these TOMS on Pinterest, I knew I had to do it myself.  Scroll down to see my step-by-step process! 

I started with this pair of TOMS.  My toe had poked a hole through the right foot so they were the perfect candidates for this project.
I put my scissors in the hole my toe had created and followed the seam.  If you are trying this yourself, make sure you cut through both layers of fabric!
Next, I trimmed off the excess and cut the canvas around the sole of the shoe.
Next, I began cutting between the two seams.  Because I did not already have a pre-made hole from my toe, I held the scissors like so and made a small incision.  I could then stick my scissors into the hole and make a larger cut.
I did this on both sides of the shoe, still following the general pattern of the stitching.
Next, I used the same scissor technique to cut two holes in the side panel of the shoe.  I repeated this process on the inside panel, and when I was finished, the whole process on the left shoe.

Voila! My TOMS had transformed into sandals!

One thing I noticed after cutting out so much fabric was that the shoes became pretty loose on my feet.  Nonetheless, they're great for the summer and it's a fun DIY project that doesn't take much time or skill.  Try it out!