My daughter has a raging obsession with Toms, and I have to admit I own a few pair myself. It’s also, a gift we love to give. Two years ago we bought a pair of “Mossy Oak” Toms for a family member, but WOW, the price tag, they were a whopping $85 off of Etsy. Oh-so-adorable, but YIKES! Ever since this project has been on my mind!
This morning, as I looked at my daughter’s sad 4 year old pair of Toms sitting by the back door faded with a few holes, I thought, she loves them, she’s never going to throw them away and if the worn out shoe still fits, keep it! I then thought… How did they cover them, could I, should I, can I?
The answer was easy, YES! It should always be YES! And, in this case we had nothing to lose, with the condition of this particular pair of shoes, it wasn’t going to be long before they were Duct taped or tossed.
So, I pulled the best parts of all the “how-to” videos I watched on YouTube together, added some steps of my own and this is what I did…
First off, I washed and air dried the Toms to rid them of any dirt and not trap any smells. Then, I cut a piece of fabric long enough to cover the middle section (the OSU fabric), I rolled a small hem and glued that down before I placed the fabric to keep it from fraying; cut a 1/2″ slit and glued back the sides to form a triangle where the Toms elastic could be free to do it’s job. Next, I spread glue over the entire area I was about to cover and held the fabric in place a few seconds, then I cut the fabric long enough to touch the bottom of the sole on each side, this allows for enough fabric to roll a hem and glue to the edge. I followed the same steps for the toe area, gluing the toe last and right before I laid down the fabric for the toe, I glued the inside and folded and creased both sides, to get that traditional Toms look. Last, I cut a long rectangle for the heel/side section; held the material in place and marked with a Sharpie the Toms’ heel tag area and cut this area out first. Then I glued down the heel section first and continued to glue the fabric down on both sides of the shoe, trimmed and turned the edge under for the bottom and then rolled the extra at the top over the inside. A few stick pins can be used to hold down stubborn areas til the glue dries. Don’t worry about the glue it will dry clear. I made sure to leave the Toms’ tag out on the sides and back, these extra little steps will let your Toms pride show!
A second style option, would be to not roll/glue edges. The material will fray and may not last as long, but will give a more worn look, equally adorable!
Damage repair: If you have a hole in your Toms cut a small piece of denim from an old pair of blue jeans and glue to the inside and outside of your shoe, and allow to dry before you start adding your fabric. The denim fabric will add strength.
Fabric of your choice (I bought a 1/4 yd. of each, I have enough to do several more)
Tacky Glue (the key to the mint) – $2.99