Friday, April 6, 2012

New Balance Refashioned

(Sorry for my English)
Several months ago I bought a pair of grey New Balance for 30€ (Normal price is about 80-90€), very comfy but I didn't like they very much really. They were living in my wardrobe for a long time, but this week I am on holidays again, so I decided to do something with them. I went to my favourite fabric store (Tejidos Lua) and asked for a flowery fabric. This is what I bought, the fabric and my sneaker,

All things you will need for this diy are: Some fabric (30cm is enough, I have chosen 100% cotton), pattern paper, pencil, scissors and glue for leather & fabric.

First, you have to wrap your sneaker with the paper and mark up the body for the fabric. Then, cut it out. In my case, I selected all the sneaker except the "N" and suede parts.

It's easier mark up the pattern in two steps, first one side and then the other. When you have cut both out, place them in the sneaker to evaluate the pattern and join the two parts.

The sneaker is not symmetric, so when you mark the pattern in the fabric, be careful, do it well ;)

I have tried to sew the fabric to the sneaker and to do some backstitches to the fabric but I didn't like any of them. Finally, I decided to glue it to the leather and I think it was the best option. This fabric doesn't unpick easily and the glue contributes to it.

When you have your fabric cut, place it in the sneaker, and then  you can glue them. I used Supergen-glue which dries very quick and the result is inmediate.

Once you have all the fabric glued, take a look to the edges and stick them well with glue to prevent the fabric from getting frayed.

And... that's all! :)
The result is... before and after...

And both!

Thank you very much for your attention! :)


  1. Denise HumphreyMay 4, 2012 at 6:08 PM

    they look great!

  2. Ooh this is co cute. I also gave a boring sneakers, definitely need a facelift! Thanks for the tute!

    1. Hey! you will have to show how they look like afterwards!! :)

  3. These are awesome! How are they holding up?

    1. Dear Sabrina, you gave me a good idea! Thanks! I just uploaded some pics with them 3 years later! I hope you like the post!