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DIY Patterned Flats

DIY Patterned flats

 I love the look of striped and patterned flats for spring! But I did NOT want to pay $50-100 for a pair of shoes from Madewell or Toms. So when I saw some white flats at Walmart for $5, I decided to create my own! Here’s how I did it:

How to make patterned flats

1// Using masking tape, create a striped pattern on your shoes. I used ½ inch artists tape because it peels off so easily but you can use whatever you have on hand.

2// Grab a black Sharpie marker. I used Stained by Sharpie fabric markers but again you can use whatever permanent markers you have.

3// Start creating a triangle pattern. They definitely do not have to be perfectly equal or even triangles but it helps to draw down to use your tape to keep them in a straight line.

4// As you work your way down the front of the shoe, you can move the tape with you so that all of the triangles are straight and at least the same length.

5// Once the pattern is finished, color the trim of the shoe black to help give it a finished look.

6// Repeat for the second shoe. If you’re watching something to help pass the time, be careful not to mess up your pattern. As you can see, I got a little distracted. Whoopsies!

Blue and white striped flats
An easier and much less time consuming pattern is a simple doodled stripe.

Making your own patterned flats

1// Just like the last pattern, you’ll tape an evenly spaced striped pattern on your shoes.

2// This time I also continued the stripe around the sides and back of my flats.

3// With a colored or black Sharpie, practice doodling on a sheet of paper to decided how solid and dark you want your stripe to be.  Since my shoes were worn, I wanted the stripe to be a little more casual and left my lines pretty light and open-spaced.

4// Begin doodling in between the tape spaces. I would start light – you can always go back and darken the pattern.

5// When you’re done, peel off the masking tape to reveal your striped design.

6// I left the trim of my flats white, but you could also color them in to give it a more finished look.


Patterned flats

This was so easy that I’d love to create a few more pairs.
What would be some other cute designs to try? Share your ideas below!

Laurie Cosgrove
Art & DIY Contributer

Laurie is a graphic artist and the author of Beauty Divine Design where she posts on everything from design trends and tutorials to her random daily life. She has such a way with beauty, and her taste is divine!  

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  • Anonymous
    June 10, 2013 at 5:11 pm

    Polka dots would be sweet.

  • Lisa S
    June 10, 2013 at 4:08 am

    Love being able to create your own style! do you need to coat them afterwards with something … will they smear if they get wet?

  • 1 of the Creekside Team
    June 9, 2013 at 2:05 am

    way too fun!


  • Liz
    June 8, 2013 at 6:55 pm

    I love!!!

  • Michelle
    June 8, 2013 at 4:22 pm


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