As promised, the tutorial to make your own DIY faux fur sneakers is here! Following these steps you can make your own faux fur pads to decorate your sneakers. It works with velcro and laces, and allows for some fun combinations! And if you’re really not a crafter and still would like to get your hands on these faux fur pads, you can enter the GIVEAWAY in which a lucky winner will get to choose a handmade set (by me) for free!
So first things first, I should perhaps let you know where this idea of decorating sneakers with faux fur came from. I didn’t dream it, and no, I haven’t gone mad (yet)! I have seen them around, while browsing Instagram and Pinterest, and they have been seen a lot during the past Fashion Week events in places like New York, Paris, Milan and London, while celebrities and famous bloggers incorporate them in their outfit to attend the shows. So indeed, faux fur sneakers are a trend, and they are a perfect accessory to give a bit of life to a otherwise more minimalistic look. When I saw this I loved it! I have this tendency to fall in love for shoes I can’t afford, and these were obviously no exception. The sneakers I have found that incorporate faux fur as decoration are way out of my budget. You can see here some examples by Moncler, Fendi, Pierre Hardy, and my favourite ones by Josefinas (a really cool Portuguese brand that you should check out!).
But I wasn’t defeated just because I couldn’t buy it. I imagined how it could work (crafty crafty), and did some trials on my Adidas until I was happy with the size and the way the pads are secured. So for the tutorial, here we go!
You will need:
- Faux fur in your favourite colour and length (a small piece will do)
- Lining fabric, or any other light weight fabric of your choice
- Elastic (4 cm wide)
- Thread and needle
- Sewing machine (optional)
- And… Sneakers
For the first step you will prepare the fabric and the materials. Start by cutting 2 rectangles [6 x 10 cm] of your faux fur fabric of choice, 2 big rectangles [10 x 13 cm] and 2 small rectangles [6 x 10 cm] of the lining fabric, and two pieces of elastic [6 cm long]. All these measurements include 0.5 cm seam allowance. If you would like a larger seam allowance, add those extra cm to the above measurements. When cutting the faux fur fabric, take care to cut only on the back part of the fabric; do not cut through the fur!
Fold the big rectangles along the length and sew (stitch) the long edge.
Fold inside out and press flat, leaving the seam in the center.
Insert the elastic inside the sleeves you just made. Sew together the sleeve and the elastic at both ends. The sleeve is longer than the elastic, so you need to gather the fabric a bit to match the end of the fabric with the end of the elastic.
Center the straps (which contain the elastics), to the small lining rectangles and sew together along the top and the bottom, to make it easier for the next step.
Now comes the fun part (oh, the irony!). You will place your lining pieces, on top of the fur, right sides together. This means that the side of the lining with the elastic straps will be touching the faux fur. Pin the top, and sew together. One seam of your pad should be now done.
Then, very patiently, do the same for the other seams. The trick here is to pin everything with a lot of care, making sure all the fur stays to the inside, as showed above (left). Sew along the other seams, leaving an opening on the side, so that you can turn the whole thing. So, sew one of the sides completely, then the bottom, and finally only half of the other side. Turn inside out.
Finally, hand stitch the remaining opening. Now, place your pads in your sneakers by leaving the straps of your pads (with the elastic band) underneath your laces, or velcro. You can also do some variations as you wish ;) And there you go!
I have made some pictures where I show you how I styled my sneakers with blue faux. You can check the full look here.
As you see, the blue faux fur is shorter and gives a completely different effect than the red one. So you should think about which result you would like to achieve when choosing your fabric. And that’s it guys! Hope you enjoyed this tutorial and if you have any questions just ask in the comment section or send me an email.
And don’t forget to share your thoughts and your makes with us all!
If you would like to have one of these pads to add some colour to your sneakers, but you’re not very much of a crafter, or you simply would enjoy a little present from me, then you’re welcome to join this giveaway. The winner will be awarded with a set of handmade (by me) faux fur pads just like the ones I made for myself (you will be able to choose between the blue or the red ones). You can enter the giveaway two ways:
1 – Follow me on Instagram here (if you are not a follower already) and tag two friends on the Instagram post of the giveaway here.
2 – Like my page on Facebook here (if you haven’t yet) and tag two friends on the Facebook post of the giveaway here.
If you do both, you’ll get two entries!
You can enter the giveaway until the 25th of April. The lucky winner will be chosen at random and announced on the 27th of April. The giveaway is open internationally.
Congratulations to Carrie for being the winner of this giveaway! I will send you a message to arrange the details and your faux fur pads will be on their way to Austria soon. Congratulations!