Wings for Your Shoes




I wanted to add a bit of fun to my roller derby skates so I made some fabric wings,
here's how...

You Will Need:

Fabric of your choice
Tracing paper
Black marker
Glue Stick
Round file
Sewing machine
Eyelets & eyelet punch
Chopping board

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Step 1: Steps 1 to 4

1. Trace pattern onto paper with pencil, when your happy go over it in black marker.

2. Tape pattern to cardboard and cut around outline x2.

3. Fold fabric in half then half again - (you should have 4 layers)
   Pin on paper pattern, and cut around leaving about 1cm from the edge for seam allowance.
   You should have 4 pieces of fabric 2 tops and 2 bottoms.

4. Cut wadding to same shape as the pieces of fabric.

Step 2: Steps 5 to 8

5. Glue cardboard to one piece of fabric.

6. Flip over and trace pattern onto fabric side with black marker (or dress makers chalk).
   Use loops of tape and pins to keep pattern in place as you mark fabric.
   Don't stress if it's not perfect, this will be the back of the wing and the lines are
   used as your sewing guide later on.

7. Flip back to cardboard side and glue on wadding & your 2nd piece of fabric.
   (It should be the reverse of the first piece of fabric, so you have a top and bottom).

8. Pin around edges of fabric on the underside, as close the cardboard as possible, stretching fabric where necessary.

Step 3: Step 9

9. Sew around outside and all black lines, trim excess fabric to a few milimeters when finished.

Step 4: Step 10

10. Measure against your shoe or skate for placement of eyelets & mark with black marker
    (I used 3 but you may wish to use more). Use the punch in the eyelet kit with a hammer and board to cut a hole
    for the eyelet. Use a file or pencil to enlarge the hole to fit the eyelet. Be careful not to make it too big
    as the fabric then will not be under the edge of the eyelet when finished.
    If this does happen you can stitch around the hole and pull the thread together to draw up the fabric to fit.

Step 5: Step 11

11. Insert the eyelet pieces and carefully hammer into place.

Hey Presto your done, now attach to your shoes or skates and enjoy!!



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    13 Discussions


    7 years ago on Step 4

    These are brilliant! A great idea that I wouldn't have come up with, and brilliantly made :) I'm tempted to make some for my platform boots :)
    I'm also a big fan of roller derby, the watching part anyway!


    8 years ago on Introduction

    Sweet! I'll have to make some for skates, and then some for my derby team!


    8 years ago on Introduction

    Have you ever seen the film "percy jackson and the lighting thief" ? He had some sneakers exactly like these

    3 replies

    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    Ssh! I'm reading it, don't spoil anything! ;P But yeah I imagined these except in the book they don't have the wing decals. Also, it's just called The Lightning Thief.


    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    That's the name of the book. The film is actually called Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief. So you're both right. ANYWAY.

    This design has been around longer than the film has, so these came "first." Probably not before the Hermes myth but still. :D


    8 years ago on Introduction

    These are adorable. I really want to make some for a friend of mine on a derby team now!

    2nd photo added for extra view.
    Altho I'm not exactly sure why you would think it was drawn on when I have given detailed instructions AND photographed this whole process *shrug*


    8 years ago on Introduction

    Nice, but you must show a frontal view. In the side view, the wings seems drawings on the shoe.

    1 reply

    8 years ago on Introduction

    Here's a tip:
    Put the finished product as the main image, not the parts list!
    Hope this helps!
    Flannel UK