DIY Repair of Children’s Shoes

I’ve declared today the unofficial day of rescued shoes.  Let’s start the morning off with find out how Laura from Over the Apple Tree fixed her daughter’s favorite pair of boots.

Over the Apple Tree shoes before

“When this pair that still fit her started falling apart, I thought I’d at least try and see if I could make them last a little longer,” Laura tells us.  She started by using some all-purpose glue to cover the holes in these shoes with fabric.  She really soaked the fabric with glue for before applying it and letting it dry thoroughly.  After that, Laura covered over the patches with Tulip brand dimensional fabric paint.  She used two layers of paint, and when the shoes started to look a little too  gold, Laura mixed a little bit of silver glitter into it.  Her daughter is thrilled with the shoes, and Lauren is thrilled that she could extend the life of these.

Over the Apple Tree shoes after

Visit Over the Apple Tree to get all the details on this shoe repair.


  1. I love this idea! My daughter has a pair of black “tap shoes” (mary janes) that she wears daily and the toes are peeling & scuffed. I think she would love some sparkles…headed to the blog to check it out! Thanks for sharing.

    • Oh, good, I’m glad this idea helps! Those toes always seem to wear out before the wearer is ready to give them up!

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