Things You'll Need
- Sneaker pattern
- Wooden shoe form
- 1 yard Leather, canvas or fabric
- Rubber soles
- Fabric glue
- Needle and thread or sewing machine
- Sewing skill
Sneakers have emerged as one of the most popular types of footwear in the last century. Originally, they were exclusively popular with athletes, but as the years have wore on, sneakers have become a noted fashion staple among people from all walks of life. All types of people from different economic backgrounds and various ages wear sneakers on a daily basis, in addition to wearing them while doing such physical activities as walking, jogging, and playing tennis.
Acquire the necessary fabric or leather and rubber soles from a textile factory, and shoelaces from a regular shoe store. Fabric glue, a sneaker pattern, needle and thread can be found at any local arts and crafts store. A wooden shoe form is optional, but helpful in maintaining the proper shape of the sneaker.
Use the sneaker pattern to help you cut the fabric or leather into the appropriate pieces so that they can be sewn together. There will be about three pieces of fabric or leather that will make up the final sneaker - the left and right sides and the inner "tongue." Leave about a half-inch flap of fabric loose in order to sew the completed upper portion to the rubber sole.
Sew the three different pieces of each pair together one by one. Begin by sewing the left and right side at the back and front. Then turn this sewed portion inside out and sew the tongue-like flap onto it about an inch from the bottom. If you are using leather for your sneaker, use a sewing machine to guarantee the best results. Punch out holes in the fabric that comprises the front of the sneaker and loop the store-bought shoelaces through them. If you have a wooden shoe form, place the pieces of fabric onto the form in order to help you sew the pieces together correctly.
Use a powerful sewing machine or strong fabric glue to fasten the upper fabric portion to the rubber sole. If you are using fabric glue, let it set for about 24 hours in order for it to secure properly.
Decorate the finished sneakers with rhinestones, beads, iron-on decals, or personal drawings.
Make sure to measure your feet and determine your most accurate shoe size before cutting the fabric for your sneakers. You can use an old pair of well-fitting sneakers to help you determine the measurements.
Don't undertake this task if you have little to no sewing experience at the risk of wasting a lot of time and money.
Maggie Hira has been writing professionally since 2006. She has written for numerous websites and print publications, including "LA.Direct Magazine" and The Budget Fashionista. Hira holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of California, Los Angeles.