I've been meaning to refashion my Toms for a long, long time. We used to be big fans of the brand, having a few pairs each. Unfortunately, it isn't a fair trade brand so we stopped buying them and now, I have no problem painting all over them!
Our tattoo artist teamed up with a group and raised money for charity by painting tattoos on to Toms and used a pair of mine and John's for practice. He sent a picture of my wedges with all of the scrolling flowers and it was so fun! I decided it was probably time to make all of our pairs a little more fantastic. You can decorate any canvas shoes, obviously, these were just the ones we had.
There are several methods for refashioning Toms. I've seen MOD PODGE fabric coverings, SHARPIE refashions and lots of themed pairs. For these, I used my CUSTOM STENCIL from several other projects and some fabric paint. It worked a lot better than I expected!
HERE). All you need is a sharpie, x-acto knife, contact paper and your design. This happens to have a double meaning. We watched a lot of Doctor Who over the weekend and the 10th Doctor is always saying, "Allons-y!" which is french for "Let's go!". I thought it would be great for the shoes, since it gives a nod to one of my favorite shows and languages at the same time. PLUS! "Let's go" is a perfect phrase for a pair of shoes, right? It adds a bit of whimsy and adventure to every step.
I used the Police Call Box font which is Gill Sans and printed it out on to paper. I taped down my contact paper over top and traced it with my sharpie. Then I cut it out with my knife.
FREEZER PAPER transfer instead, but I was worried that it just wouldn't adhere well. Remember when putting your design/font/whatever on to your shoes to fill the details back in (such as the holes in the A and O letters).
You can see that originally I intended to do "Fantastic!" on the other shoe (homage to the 9th doctor), but I changed my mind. I thought Allons-y was a little more subtle and fun for the shoes. You can obviously do any design or phrase you'd like! I was worried that the font was too small and it would be hard to cut, but it was fine. This was definitely the smallest design I've done with contact paper. The BALLERINA TEE will always be my favorite custom stencil project, but these shoes will be fun to wear, too.
So that's it for today! I hope you're inspired to spice up your shoes- whether or not you're into French or Doctor Who :)
All the best, and as always, thanks for reading!