How To Cover Tennis Shoes With Material

Learning how to cover tennis shoes with material is a useful skill. Transform any pair of old tennis shoes into a pair of costume shoes. Depending on the fabric chosen, you can make shiny modern looking shoes, leather boots or fake fur shoes. Inexpensive, covering tennis shoes with fabric makes it possible to create the exact style of shoe you need for a Renaissance fair or Halloween costume. 

To cover tennis shoes with material you will need:

  • Shoes
  • Muslin fabric
  • Scissors
  • Pins
  • Fabric pencil
  • Fabric
  • Sewing machine
  • Thread
  • Yarn
  • Hot glue gun
  1. Create a pattern. Cut a piece of muslin large enough to go around the shoe. Include extra room to if you are making a fabric cover for a specific costume style, such as a high boot.
  2. Wrap the muslin around the shoe. Cut where needed and pin together loosely the way you want the finished fabric cover to look. Typically this means cutting two side shapes and then pinning together for the seam.  A boot will require a tube shape wrapped from back to front.
  3. Smooth the fabric. Readjust the pins until the fabric. Mark where the pins are placed with a fabric pencil.
  4. Carefully unpin the muslin. Lay on top of a folded piece of fabric. Trace the pattern with a fabric pencil adding 1/2" on sides and top for seams. Trace another set to make a shoe cover. Make two sets of boot tops if needed. These will need a hem at the top, bottom and side edges, add a 1/2 inch.
  5. Place the fabric pieces right sides together. Sew together. Flip the fabric cover right side out. Sew the hems for the boot.
  6. Use a hole punch to make a row of holes along the front edge of the boot. Lace together with a piece of ribbon or yarn.
  7. Slip the fabric cover over the shoe. Use a hot glue gun to affix the fabric to the sole.
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