» Used pair of Converse All Stars shoes
» Cotton fabric of your choice I used quilting
fabric, which isn’t particularly thick or hard-
wearing. It’s probably best to back it with
canvas, like the originals are made of.
» Scissors and craft knife
» Sewing machine
» Eyelet punch kit such as the Crop-A-Dile
Eyelet and Snap Punch kit, which you can
find online for about $25.
» Shoe Goo shoe glue
1. Cut the fabric off the shoe.
Take a craft knife and cut the old fabric uppers off
the sole, removing the insole as well (Figure A, next
page). Do this carefully so that you don’t hurt any
part of the rubber shoe.
Try and remove the fabric in one piece, as we
need it for the next step. Also, carefully cut out the
“Converse All Star” circle label and save it for later.
and trace around them (Figure C). When tracing
their bottom edges, trace 1" away from the fabric
so that you’ll have extra fabric to tuck under the
insole later. Trace the tongue, adding 1" extra at
the toe end.
3. Cut out the pattern.
Cut out the paper pattern you just made. Fold the
new fabric in half so that it’s doubled up, and pin
the paper templates to it as shown in Figure D.
NOTE: You may want to start with only one shoe, saving
the other as a reference for the placement of the border
stitch, Converse label, and shoelace holes.
4. Cut out the fabric.
2. Make the pattern. With your pattern pinned to the fabric, cut around
You should have the 1 large piece of fabric you’ve just the pattern, making sure to cut approximately ¼"
removed from the shoe, plus the tongue (Figure B). outside the lines (Figure D).
Cut the large piece in half down the back of the
shoe. Place the 2 halves on a large sheet of paper