Making your own shoe could be a good idea. This helps you to evade expenditure thus you are able to have shoes of your choice at a simple cost. With traditional techniques of shoe making you don’t need to have expensive material, nice set up box or complex tools. All you need is a few materials from art store and a Kitenge fabric. Here are steps on how to make your own Kitenge fabric shoe at home.
Generate a concept
t Think about the type of shoe you want to make and sketch it somewhere.
- Making a last
This is a hard usually wooden, object used to build shoes. it usually looks like feet with space in front to accommodate the toes. This provides a hard surface for you to draw to draw your patterns. You can either buy or do a search on internet before you make one for your feet.
- Cast your foot
You need an alginate to make your foot, a casting material and box to hold on tour mold .A mold is a negative your foot. To makes mold, mix alginate and water and stir gradually using your hands until its gloopy. Pour the mix into the box and put your feet in the box depending on design of your shoe. Make sure the mix covers your leg to ankle then wait for 20 minutes. Before you remove from the alignment When the material is dry take part apart your box so that you can have big cube of alignment.
- Making foot cast into last
Using your shoe design crease up and add it on your cast to round off as per your design. Make sure your last is of your best shape because it determines the shape of your shoe
- Cover your last in masking tape and draw your pattern
Wrap the last with two layers of masking tape then draw the pattern for the design on the tape and cut the pattern along the line you drew,. The sketch shoe include the following .Counters-the back of the, shoe and Toe-the front part,
- Flatten tour patterns
Carefully remove your patterns and flatten the patterns to 2d patterns from the bottom of the last.
- Trace & Cut Your Patterns
.Trace your pattern on paper and add ¼ inch seam allowance on all patterns. Always remember to draw a pattern for shoe tongue whose shape is determined by your design.
- Cut your fabric
Arrange your patterns on your fabric, using either tapes or pins, stick the pattern onto fabric.Using
a pencil outline the pattern on your fabric and remember to mark the seam allowance before you cut pieces out Sew all the patterns together
- Attaching the Outer Fabric to the Inner Fabric
Sew your pieces together until you have the two separate layers: the outside pattern and the inside pattern. Sew your inside to the outside n pattern while living ¼ inch seam allowances. Then flip your pattern back over
- Shoe Tongue
To make the shoe tongue make two shoe tongues piece, the outer line and line then up with wrong side facing outward .saw the top of the left seam allowance .Sew some extra stitches around the bottom of your tongue sides to add some reinforcement.
- Adding Eyelets
Eyelets are the holes where your laces will be threaded. Depending on what your design, you can either make holes in the fabric itself, or you can add metal eyelets. You can buy eyelets which it accompanied by simple tools that enable you to make them better.
To add eyelets, mark the places on your fabric where you want to add shoe lace holes and, according to the instructions included on whatever tool you’re using, punch holes or cut holes, place your eyelet pieces in, and punch them together.
- Add Shoe Laces
Put your last inside your upper to fill its shape in. pick a plain colour laces to enhance your Kitenge fabric and then tie your shoe. Don’t tie it so tight that your pattern distorts.
There are three types of sole the insole, midsole and outsole. The insole is the part that is in contact with your foot and it my must be slightly soft .the midsole provides the arch support while the outsole make contact with the ground .it is usually made of sturdy leather or rubber. To make this trace you’re using ¼ inch and 1/8 inch cork. Trace your last on the piece of cork leave at least ½ to avoid cutting it too small. You can still buy a sole from a shoe repair shop. Soak your cork/leather sole in water for 24 hours then tie the last tightly to the shape of your shoe.
Hold your insole to the bottom of your last. Using your utility knife, carefully shape the insole to fit your last.
- Sew Your Upper to Your Sole
Cut out another sole. Then cut out a ring out of the sole .a fix this ring to the bottom of your insole using super glue .then sew up insole and last to the upper. To achieve this Hold the fabric tightly against the ring of sole you glued on in the previous step.
Now, using as thick a string as you can find, stitch through the fabric, through the ring of sole, and back, continuing around the entire shoe, pulling fabric tight as you go along. You can always pierce the sole diagonally if you have trouble to manoeuvre the sole especially the heel.
- Cut off Excess Fabric
Once you’ve completely sewn around the shoe sole you should have some excess fabric. Your shoe is coming together!
- Glue in the Extra Material for Your Sole
Glue the remains of the sole together and then put the outer ring together with the insole, use your utility knife to trim off excess sole.
- Finish the Sole
To finish up the sole add a thin layer of Kitenge fabric or leather to cover up the work you did to fix the sole
- Appreciate Your Shoe and Make the Other One