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Shoe Makeover: Friendship Gladiator Sandals Tutorial

Friendship Gladiator Sandals Tutorial

I am totally loving on Gladiator sandals right now and recently purchased 3 different pairs to kick around in this summer. But when I realized the DIY potential in this cute little shoes, I knew I couldn’t just leave them as is.

So I’ve been changing and updating my sandals into something a little more me… Since I’ve been braiding friendship bracelets like a fiend lately, it seemed to make sense to bring that into my shoe closet. And no, unfortunately I don’t have a closet just for shoes. But maybe some day :)

Friendship Gladiator Sandals Tutorial

For this project you need:

  • Embroidery floss in 4 colors
  • Embroidery floss in black and white
  • Gladiator sandals

Friendship Gladiator Sandals Tutorial

Here are my sandals before. They’re pretty darn new but have been worn a time or two. I got them off of Ebay for around $12 with shipping. You can get insane deals on shoes at Ebay so check it out!

Friendship Gladiator Sandals Tutorial

Get about a yard and a half of each color. I chose pink, yellow, coral and mint to add to my black and white colors.

Friendship Gladiator Sandals Tutorial

Tie your thread onto a strap. Double knot it.

Friendship Gladiator Sandals Tutorial

Wrap the thread around the strap leaving a loop at the beginning of the thread.

Friendship Gladiator Sandals Tutorial

Grab the end of the thread through the loop you made and pull through. Tighten and situate to cover the strap. A knot will occur and you’ll need to twist so that rests at the top or the bottom side of the strap.

Friendship Gladiator Sandals Tutorial

Continue the process changing colors sporadically for a neat, tribal effect. I would do solid colors and then two turns of black and then white for my striped areas.

Friendship Gladiator Sandals Tutorial

And keep on keepin’ on.

Friendship Gladiator Sandals Tutorial

When you get to the thong area of the show wrap the thread times, sometimes overlapping to get as far into the groove as you can.

Friendship Gladiator Sandals Tutorial

If you run out of length on a color it’s easy enough to fix up. Simply tape a section onto the strap…

Friendship Gladiator Sandals Tutorial

And continue wrapping over the tape.

Friendship Gladiator Sandals Tutorial

Be warned that the embroidery floss WILL drive your cats nuts.

Friendship Gladiator Sandals Tutorial

When you get to the end, finish off with a bit of glue. I used Aleene’s Fabric Fusion. Trim once dry.

Friendship Gladiator Sandals Tutorial

And any place you have anything weird poking out, give it a nip with some sharp scissors to remove.

Friendship Gladiator Sandals Tutorial Now aren’t those suckers SO cute? I love them so much!

Friendship Gladiator Sandals Tutorial Because my colors are kind of flashy, I chose to only wrap the thong portion of the gladiator sandals. Plus, I really like the tan color of the pleather and I didn’t want to completely cover that up. Feel free to wrap as much or as little as you like on yours!

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Allison

A crafter since her earliest years, Allison spends a little time every day making something. She crafts, sews, paints, glues things onto other things, and is a firm believer that a life spent creating is a life worth living. Visit Allison's blog, Dream {a Little} BIGGER.

9 Responses to “Shoe Makeover: Friendship Gladiator Sandals Tutorial”

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    Naomi — May 27, 2014 at 2:03 pm

    Totally doing this with my daughter! Thanks for the inspiration.

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    Amber L. — June 3, 2014 at 8:20 pm

    These are awesome! I so want a pair :)

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    Julie — June 11, 2014 at 10:04 am

    OOOO I love them SOOOOO much. What a lovely idea. The only downside is that I am now forced to keep my eyes out for a pair of suitable sandals!

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