DIY Color Block Moccasins

I have already shared on DIY from the incredible ladies at Honestly…WTF and I just have to share another.

I made a pair of these wonderful color blocked moccasins for my Mom this year for Mother’s day.  They turned out so well I decided to make a pair for myself to take on my honeymoon to Savannah. These shoes are butter soft and the break in period is next to nothing.

Original Honestly…WTF Tutorial:

Our love of Minnatonka moccasins and obsession with Balenciaga‘s Fall 2010 shoes made this DIY we created for Foam Magazine a no brainer.  With just a tube of Tulip Soft Fabric Paint, a pair of paintbrushes (one thin and one thick) and a pair of suede moccasins, you’ll be ready to make your own color block shoes. (Tulip Soft Fabric Paint is best paint to use, as it is highly opaque, flexible once it dries and great for suede.)  

To paint the tops of the moccasins, the fringe will have to be tucked under. Simply untie the bow, pull the suede strings out of all the holes (note how it is assembled), and fold the flap under. (Click images to enlarge)

Start by making a test patch near one of the holes, as this part will be covered and it’s a great way to get comfortable with your brush and paint.  Once you’re ready to tackle the rest, paint the inside edge of the moccasin with the small brush. Then, switch to the large brush to fill in the rest.  Finish it with another layer or two for maximum color.

Let dry for at least 2 hours and reassemble the fringe to reveal your new pair of SICK color block mocs!

(images by Honestly…WTF)

* I added an additional step – after the base layer had dried (give it about 24 hours), I painted simple white daisies around the perimeter of the toes using a smaller detail bush and the rounded tip of the wooden handle of my paintbrush.

About Julie

My name is Julieanna Bucior, but I go by Julie (unless I'm in trouble). I'm thirty one. I am a bookkeeper by day, rogue fashion designer/crafter/amateur baker by night. I spend most of my time feeling like a kindergartner trapped inside an adult's body. I love reading, hanging out with my crazy cats and being silly. I'm pretty much the girl next door, with a twist.