Thursday, July 12, 2012

A Tutorial for You

Before Joyce Lawrence joined the design team (beginning with our August kit), she was a member of C'est Magnifique, and was working with the July kit and Add-ons.  She made some amazing invitations using the kit and was kind enough to create a tutorial.  I'm sure you will love it!


Vintage Shoe Tutorial by Joyce Lawrence

 My niece was graduating from high school and we were having a little party with her and her closest friends.  When I saw the pretty colors and the Pink Paislee collage sheets, I knew I had to make some invitations for the party with the kit.   I made the front pocket of the shoe large enough to stuff fun goodies in and a cash gift card. I was really happy with the final product and have decided I’d like to add to the collection with scraps of my future kits.

The template to the vintage shoes is at the bottom of this post.  

In addition to your pattern papers to make your vintage shoes, you’ll need the following:


Shoe Embellishments:
 (additionally you may wish to include some lace
to be used on the top of the upper shoe as shown in the final picture below).


1. Sole Cut outs: You’ll need two soles (bottom portion of the shoe) but before cutting them, please read on. Cut one sole of the shoe using the scallop scissors on one of the pieces, and on the other piece, slightly fold it vertically without completely putting a seam down the middle and cut approximately one-quarter of one inch around the edges so that it looks like the example below.

Top portion of shoe: Cut the top portion of the shoe and fold each side behind it making certain the scalloped edges of the upper portion match each side of the folded part and on top of the shoe pattern. You can see the folds in example #2, and in item #3 is an example of how the top portion should look after it’s folded. 

2. Glue the two soles together as shown below. The back of the upper part of the shoe should be folded as shown below and glued.

3. Decorate your upper shoe by adding the leaves, pearls, flowers and lace as show in item
# 4 below. Although there is a buttery fly punch shown in my tools picture, I did not use it on this particular shoe.

4. Punch a hold on the sole of the shoe and weave your ribbon as shown below. If you would like to add a tag to write your sentiment, stamp a pattern on paper, cut it out around the stamp to make certain you have enough space to write your sentiment, and attach it to the ribbon. I also distress the edges of the tag.

5. Flip the sole around and apply glue at the bottom of the sole as shown below.

6. Carefully slip the sole inside the upper portion of the shoe and hold the sole down onto the bottom piece of the upper shoe. Hold it for a minute to make certain it adheres properly. Voila! Fill goodies, gift card, etc. inside the shoe.  

Supply Lists:

Blue/Black Shoe
• Pink Paislee – London Market- Collage Sheets
• Inkido – Sunshine- Blue Garden
• Prima – Tasha Frest
• Petaloo – Dahlias- Blue/Green
• Prima – Cling Stamps- (black doily stamp and dress form)
• Strand of Pearls
• Personal Stash: Fiskars butterfly punch, liquid pearls (bisque), and rayon ribbon

Pink Shoe
• Pink Paislee-London Market- Collage Sheet (packaging paper)
• Inkido-Sunshine-Pink Garden
• Kaisercraft-Paper Blooms-Coconut
• Chipboard florish
• Prima-Cling Stamps (dress form)
• Personal Stash: Fiskars butterfly punch, liquid pearls (petal pink), black glitter glue, and rayon ribbon

Blue/Floral Shoe
• Inkido-Sunshine-Blue Bouquets
• Ruffle Ribbon
• Pink Paislee-London Market –Collage Sheets
• Kaisercraft-Paper Blooms – Coconut
• Prima –Cling Stamps (dress form)
• Prima-Lady Godiva Strawberry Ice
• Strand of Pearls
• Teresa Collins-Fabrications-Green Damask (leaf punch)
• Personal Stash: Martha Stewart Oak Punch and rayon ribbon


You will need to print it on standard letter size paper (8 ½ x 11).  

If you use this tutorial to make some vintage shoes, we'd love for you to leave a comment with a link to a photo!


  1. Such a great tutorial for a beautiful project that you could use for several different occasions.....Love it!

  2. This is the only time you don't mind if you don't have a mate for your shoe. But, I must warn you, you can't just make one and this can lead to a serious shoe addiction. :)

  3. Amazing, creative AND gorgeous...what a fab idea:):):)

  4. These are so cute Joyce!! What a labour of love!!