Introduction: Banana Converse!

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I've been wearing the same pair of converse for years now, theyve finally given up the ghost though. Instead of chucking them away, I've made them awesome :)

Step 1: Acquire the Bits

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For this, you need:

Old shoes
Fabric that you want to use (I recommend checking Fat Quarter for some cool stuff)
Sewing machine
Rubber cement
odd bits n bobs

Step 2: Cut the Old Fabric Off the Shoes

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Take a craft knife and cut the old fabric off the soles, making sure not to wreck it too much. Try and get it off in once piece as we need to to make a pattern

Step 3: Make the Pattern

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Take the main shoe part that you cut off and cut it in half down the back of the shoe.
Place all of the bits on paper and draw round them

Step 4: Cutting

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Cut out the paper pattern you just made. Fold the fabric so that its doubled up and pin the paper templates to it.

Step 5: Cut Out the Fabric

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Cut round the pattern making sure to leave some space around the edge. We'll be sewing this inside-out later on

Step 6: Get Ready to Sew

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Take the panels and turn them over, so that they are inside-out. Sew round the edge to fasten them together.
Turn them inside out and Iron them flat

I didnt take photos of this next bit as I was too busy sewing, but :
Sew the standard converse pattern on the panel, then sew it together with a strip down the back.

Step 7: Punch the Holes for Laces

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Grab a hole punch and create 8 4mm wide holes in the fabric, do this again on the other side.

Step 8: The Glue-ing

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Now to glue the fabric to the sole. I used rubber cement as its waterproof and flexible
Smear loads of glue around the inside edges of the sole and inside the toe-cap. Stick the tongue in and jam some paper in there to apply pressure to it.

Stick the fabric into the sole after letting the glue become tacky (about 5 minutes), pack it out with tissue to force the fabric into the glue.

Insert the insole and apply more glue round the edges to fix the fabric to the insole


tqwerty (author)2013-12-07

no pun intended? (intro)

luciac1988 (author)2013-02-03


goincommando (author)2010-10-27


muffinhead (author)2010-02-07

 Where'd you get the new eyelets?

zuulthedestroyer (author)2009-05-27

Could you upload a scan of the converse templates? And which site was the one that sold knckoffs?

rachel (author)2009-02-26

This is fantastic. Got any pix of you wearing them? I'm working on a pair of shoes now, Instructable to come in another couple weeks most likely as I have to do everything twice because the first time I get it wrong :)

duck-lemon (author)2009-02-10

Thes is awesims, im doing this now

Knex Guru (author)2008-11-20

If you want to make duct tape ones ... Make cloth with the duct tape by laying it sticky side to sticky side. When you cut it into shape, fold tape along the edges to keep them from peeling open. Cover the whole thing in duct tape, and it just might work.

xwx (author)Knex Guru2008-11-28

yeah i know how to make duct tape stuff check my wallet instructions i was planning on making instructables for other stuff too!

xwx (author)2008-11-16

okay the duct tape one didn't work...yea so I'm going to just do this to my 2 pairs of old ones and be happy :D (maybe completely out of duct tape?)

13fingerfx (author)2008-10-09

Nice. Of course, when you have the shoe in pieces vou could take a mould of the sole, then you could rep' that too. Maybe use old tire rubber for the base and then a latex upper sole. Instant shoe factory. Probably still want to buy innersoles, though.

inquisitive (author)2008-10-03

Nice job! Try using the shoe glue called GOOP next time, it is actually made to quick mend shoes.

coerul (author)2008-07-21

I can't wait to do this to some of my old, worn out converse! However, I was wondering if anyone had tips on making knee-high converse this way. I've always wanted some and they're way overpriced, but I can't figure out how to cut the right canvas pieces.

xwx (author)2008-07-01

wow! this is great i'm going to try with duct tape :D

summit (author)2008-02-24

Wow I love Converses, but I can't wear them anymore. Due to an ingrown toenail caused from the rubber. But I had four pairs of them. My first were black high-tops. Good times...

White_Feathers (author)2008-01-17

Lol you're amazing. Fantastic idea. :-D I have been contemplating on drawing a picture on my new off-white converse hightops. But I'm scared to draw on um...dunno. hmm So, how old are these shoes? They look really well beat up at the rubbers, yet, they're not like totally torn apart. My first black low tops only lasted me about 2 years, and I wore them till they didn't have a back, and huge holes on the sides. The rubber's gotten torn away from the shoe in a couple places too. Still wear them,'s just hard to. Lol Bananas are amazing! :-D Very nice job.

I've had these shoes for about 2 years, suprisingly the soles survived really well. Theyve started to fall apart at the back (apparently my parents teilling me to "pick my feet up" as a child never sank in :P ) I found a place that sells knock-off converse shoes for about 10 quid a pair, they're completely blank as well - perfect for drawing on and cheap enough where I dont care if they get trashed :D

T0BY (author)2007-11-13

I'm very impressed with the job you've done, I'll probably try the same myself, but I have to ask, is the glue adequate to hold the sole on? Have you worn them much?

fridgehead (author)T0BY2007-11-13

probably not, its only rubber cement. I was looking for a glue that was strong, flexible and waterproof. I havent worn them yet, still working on the second shoe.

T0BY (author)fridgehead2007-11-14

Good luck! I wonder if stitching or even riveting the uppers to the soles might help...

Sergeant Crayon (author)2007-11-03

<<"Kick Arse Fabric">> I totally agree.

mrmath (author)2007-11-03

I have to ask the obvious question here. Why not just buy a new pair. I know they are expensive, and they won't have the bananas on them, but they'll fit better, and they'll have a new sole.

fridgehead (author)mrmath2007-11-03

i did buy a new pair though, just fancied doing something cool with the old ones

mrmath (author)fridgehead2007-11-03

OH I see! That's cool.

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