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Friday, May 3, 2013

flats tutorial

 Hi dear mini-fellows:) Someone asked me in comments to show how I made flats for the girl's room scene. I suppose it can be done much easier and I would love to learn other ways to make shoes in 1/12 scale or less, but here's what I came up with. I've tried to make this tutorial as detailed as possible because sometimes what you think is simple is actually not so easy to understand. Well, let me start. Here's what you need: cloth (I use patchwork fabric, because it has neat print and is pretty thick), glue PVA - the white thick glue in the cream-bottle. what's the analog in your countries? is tacky glue the same? it is glue suitable for paper and cardboard mostly. It takes some time to dry but once it does it makes paper or fabric much harder, translucent crystall glue for different materials. UHU has the same for woodwork and other staff. you need to apply glue on both sides, wait couple of minutes and press them hard together - they are instantly glued with very high adhesion, thread for finishing touches, thin paper and cardboard (I use any thin cardboard from small boxes, like boxes from medicines, cosmetics etc.)
 1. I draw the base of the shoes and the heels on a thin box cardboard (as you see, it's the lead from the used box)
 2. put them together and glue with PVA glue - it's perfect for cardboard
 3. Here are patterns for inner side (insoles) and tips of the shoes on a simple thin paper (like the one you print staff in the office)
 4. make sure it suits as you wish it to. cut it to size if needed
 5. cut two thinnest lines for back side of flats from simple paper
 Yes, they are thin and small :)
 6. I glue them to the left side of the fabric with PVA glue. As I said, it'll be much harder once dried and the glue prevents the fabric from ruining.
 7. while glue dries, paint the soles

 8. cut the patterns from fabric. The soles shall be cut to size, while the tips and the backs need more fabric to cover the edges.
 9. The backs shall be covered both sides with fabric
 10. here are finished back sides and an example of folding the tips. I glue fabric to tips with crystal glue because it's very hard and messy to try to glue them with not-an-instant glue.
 All the parts ready to assemble.
 11. the insoles are glued to the base
 12. I glue one side first, wait for it to dry and only then glue the other - this way it's much easier to keep them in place where needed
 13. Tips are glued. It's time for backs.
 time to cover all the small wholes and threads that accidentally came out.
 I dip the thread into PVA glue, remove the glue excesses with a paper towel or simply with fingers. This way the thread will stick to the shoe and preserve the form when dried. I didn't make photos of wrapping the shoe - actually its up to you :)
I hope it was useful for anyone out there :) Cheers!


  1. This is a fantastic tutorial; clear explanation, lots of good pictures. The result is so pretty! Thank you very much.

  2. Очень здорово!
    Спасибо за подробный урок!

  3. Hello!scarpine bellissime grazie per il tutorial!kiss

  4. Daria, this is a great tutorial for making shoes. The pictures expalines a lot for me, thank you :D!!
    Hugs, Ilona

  5. Dear Daria, thank you for an excellent tutorial very well explained.
    I love the shoes you created.
    Hugs, Drora

  6. Thanks for showing how I've tried to make shoes, it is a difficult work. Now I'm inspired to try another way. Your shoes are so fine.

  7. What a great tutorial, my compliments, you've explained and shown it very well.


  8. Thanks for sharing! I tried doing shoes before, but it was too hard, maybe I can make some after your tutorial =) Hannah

  9. спасибо за мк. такие малюсенькие )) здорово!!!

  10. Gracias por tan magnifico tutorial, besos:)

  11. Lovely! Thanks for sharing the tutorial. ;)

  12. I know what you mean about confusing people with a tutorial. I do it all the time. LOL! Your tutorial is very good. You can see exactly what needs to happen with your great pictures.
    Thanks for letting me know I'm not the only one having issues with blogger,

  13. I am all in for making it simple .You did that ,I love it.

  14. Lovely. Your tutorial is very good. Thanks,