Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Upcycling - Part 3


A few weeks back I was inspired by The Reusers Guide to Green Living to create some shoes from materials that would otherwise be discarded. Both the Target and Starbucks shoes were very much an ode to the materials: just to look at them, you could clearly guess their origin. The shoes above are the final pair of shoes I made that were of upcycled materials. However, for these, I wanted to take the most humble material I could think of and transform it into a pair of shoes that appeared to be made from a luxurious and expensive fabric. So....

I give you the brown plastic bag shoes:

These shoes are made from a brown plastic grocery bag from Kroger--one of our local stores. I used about three layers of the bag to deepen the color. I only used the sides without the blue "low prices" text :)

After layering the plastic, I stitched lines in the fabric to give it more interest and texture. I lined the shoes with gold satin, again with the theme of fancy and humble paired together. I left the heel open on the shoes, so they are itty bitty sling backs. I added a gold bow with a beautiful sheen. The results are a fun little pair of shoes that I hope look like they are made out of leather or suede or some other expensive material, when they are really made of materials that would have been thrown away!

Here is a better view of the sling back:

In similar tones and hues, Mom can compliment in this fun little top from Bouchique that is a steal for only $26.

Or this fun ensemble in a classic yet feminine palette:

And I love this trench from Dress, Design & Decor with just the right amount of bow detail:

Don't forget:

Reduce * Reuse * Recycle


Anonymous said...

Awesome shoes!

Meli (Jam Clothing) said...

those are soooo cool!!!

Dena Mullen said...


Anonymous said...

love! Love!! LOVE!!!

Shannon said...

Care to share hoe you fuse the plastic? I love these and your target ones!!!

Jessica said...

Thanks for all the positive feedback! Etsy Labs has a tutorial on how to make plastic "fabric" out of bags: http://etsylabs.blogspot.com/2007/05/long-overdue-fusing-plastic-bag.html

Hope that helps!

Brianne-zam said...

love the stitching detail. really makes the shoes!
ok so trying to plan ahead for next year's Makerie:-)
Do you know approximately the cost for the week? I wasn't able to find out any info from the site.

Julia said...

Wow!!! Thanks for the links to wonderful shops :)

Kalani said...

Fabulous!!!! I love them~! do you by chance have a tutorial for making the shoes? Do you sell them? love them- thanks!

Lizette said...

How do I buy these? I NEED to have them :)
Truly unbelievable artwork.

Bettina Johnson Jewelry said...

Tutorial please!!!

Michele (Pinkle Toes) said...

oh no you di'n't. Oh yes you did!!! My word!!!! Love!!!

zinkedesign said...

I just found your blog today and I have to tell you that it is precious! i love the way you use every day things to make a gorgeous product! I fell in love with these precious shoes and included them in my inspiration board. Thank you for sharing your talent!


xo Christina Leigh

Siddy Says said...

your blog is GORGEOUS!!


Steph said...

I would love to buy these!! Do you sell them on etsy or anything?? :)

Anonymous said...

where did you find purse in classic yet feminine palette?

Tracie said...

Those are the cutest things ever.. my favorite clothes color too! in a plastic bag! i want a pair for my 1st granddaughter so bad:)

Anonymous said...

What did you use for the bottoms

Adele van de Ven said...

I absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE these brown paper up-cycled shoesies, they are exquisite!

Barbara Jean said...

first time here. Came over from Dawn Edmondsons, The Feathered Nest, Pin page.
These shoes are amazing! Who would ever guess, now even knowing what they are made of, that they are made of plastic bags.

For a person who also likes to re purpose, recycle goods, even to me, these are amazing!


Shirohana said...

Awesome post, gorgeous shoes!
All the best, Shirohana.

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