How to make your own Saddle Shoes

YOU GUYS. I have a new obsession.
I can’t stop making these!
Homemade Saddle Shoes!

….or rather, semi-homemade saddles shoes.
I did not make the actual shoes, but I’ve had a blast painting them, and coloring, and trying out different options!

And what started out as a simple, I’ll just do a quick tutorial to show how I made these (to go along with another post I’m prepping)
quickly unraveled into a frenzy of:
WAIT. What about homemade shoes laces??

You know the frenzy.

So. If you’ve ever wanted to paint simple shoes, for fun or for a costume. Here’s what I did! Maybe you’ll become obsessed too.


I made these two ways:
• Coloring with a Sharpie
• Painting with fabric paint (I really love the Tulip Soft Matte kind)
See more about those paints and other ideas in my video here.

Both are fun methods, just depends on how you like to create–coloring or painting. I found that for a quick, simple pair of black and white saddle shoes, a fresh Sharpie worked great.

Just use a simple pair of white sneakers (or get creative with other types of shoes!) I got mine at Walmart, but you can find them at Target and online too (the Walmart ones ran big on my kids).

COLORING WITH A SHARPIE (see pink photo):
• Remove shoelaces
• Use a fresh sharpie
• Outline the holes and the area between the stitching
• Color in between the lines!
• If you go OUTside of the lines….don’t worry! Just add to the line. Keep drawing on and around the line to help it continue back into the line of the area you’re coloring, so it looks intentional. This is something I learned from the Disney Animator Studio class at California Adventure. The animator encouraged us to never erase any “mistakes” from our drawings…but rather, to add to it! Make it be part of your artwork. I love that idea.
• Press down at the seams and really get the marker in between that space.
• Add a second coat of coloring, if needed
• GET CREATIVE! It’s fun to practice dots, lines, scallops, etc in the shoe space before coloring in, to see what you like. Then just color over it. And apply some of those designs to the finished shoes if you want!

Simple. Cute. I would wear these in real life.
Maybe even with my apron/skirt.
Watch out!

Okay, now here’s a great tip.


I know you’ve had that annoying moment when you tie a bow on a dress or a skirt, and when you’re done, it flips around to the other side, it looks upside down, it’s just not working?  It’s annoying.
There’s a very simple solution.

After you make the initial first tie, START THE FIRST LOOP with whichever side of side of the string is UP. In the photo below it’s the right side of my laces. If you tied it differently, it might be left side. So start with the UPside, then make the other loop and finish it off.  It will hang straight! Yaaaaay.

Sharpie markers come in many colors (though I only tried black) and it would be fun to draw designs all over the shoes. You can also find other types of coloring options in a craft store. So look around and have fun!

Okay, now let’s mix it up with more colors, more options, more metallic gold?
Let’s paint!

PAINTING SHOES (see orange photo below):

It’s best to use fabric paint because it will keep the paint from cracking. You can see more about fabric paint and my techniques in this video here.

I prefer the Tulip Soft Matte paint, but there are so many paint types out there. And you can use inexpensive acrylic craft paint too, but I would recommend adding a fabric medium (found at a craft store) to your paint. The medium will change the texture a bit and help prevent cracking (which what fabric paint is already designed to do).

If you have a piece of scrap canvas fabric, try out some paint samples to see how it looks on fabric, after drying. And if you can’t find the exact shade you want, mix some colors together! You paint might start talking to you.

• Remove shoelaces
• Start painting in the space between the stitching
• Carefully paint the curved areas of the shoe. Go slowly and remember the comment above….to add to your paint strokes, rather than feeling like you’ve messed up somewhere, or “gone out of the lines”.
• Use one hand inside the shoe to hold it, as you paint with the other hand.
• Use a smaller brush to get around the holes.
• If you get paint on the metal eyelets, use your finger to wipe it off while it’s still wet.
• If you get paint on the rubber sole, use your thumbnail to scrape down and wipe it off while it’s still wet.
• Press down at the seams and get paint in there too.
• USE A BLOW DRYER to quickly dry the shoes.

Done again!
These are so much fun and could work for many occassions.
Now get extra creative with the tools around you to add dots, dashes, whatever designs you want! I found that a narrow wooden skewer worked great.

I am obsessed with these reddish-orangeish-noeonish shoes.
These are Clara’s size, but I WILL BE MAKING a pair for me!

And if you don’t love white shoelaces with your shoes, make your own! I cut this yarn ribbon the length of my laces, added a bit of tape to the ends and voila.

Okay, happy painting and coloring and strolling around in your new kicks!
If you make some and share them, tag me too @made_everyday


Hooray hooray. It’s time to play!
I’m excited to announce a NEW SEWING PATTERN.
It’s a quick fun sew, and there’s something for everybody.

Welcome to the world of BONBON PETS!
These are cute, fun, handmade stuffed toys that are easy for all skill levels to make. Cuddle them like pillows, play with them as toys, gift some to a friend. I predict that once you make one Bonbon, you’ll want to make them all.
Want to meet the pets?

The pattern includes four pets, each in two sizes (Standard and Mini):
• Cat
• Bunny
• Koala
• Llama

And you can mix and match all the facial features for endless possibilities!

Ahhhh, I can’t get over the minis.
Why are mini things so cute??

I’ve had so much fun making these over the last few months. And Clara has equally enjoyed playing with them. I think we have about 20 at our house now! Of course I’m ready to make more…more styles…more designs…more additions to the #BonbonPets world. But for now, I hope you enjoy these pets as much as I have.


You can grab the pattern HERE IN MY SHOP.

The INTRO SALE PRICE is only $5!
(Sale ends the night of Sunday 9/22/19)


You know what else goes great with your pet?
BABY DOLL BASKET PATTERN – fits many of the pets.
HOLD IT BIN PATTERN – tons of options here!
SHERPA FLEECE BLANKET  – makes a darling gift set.

Okay. Ready to take these Bonbons for a ride?
You can find a lot more photos and info in the pattern listing in my shop.

Intro Sale Price $5
(until Sunday night 9/22/19)

And check out the HEADQUARTERS PAGE for additional tips and inspiration.

How to Make a Cactus Pillow (+FREE Pattern)


Every summer growing up, we left our house in Southern California and drove to Phoenix, Arizona to spend a few weeks with my grandma and cousins….which in hindsight, seems a little backwards. Not the hanging out with family part, but the leaving-Orange-County-with-ocean-breezes-and-driving-to-the-AZ-desert-in-July part. Right?
But as a kid you don’t notice the heat.  And we LOVED our grandma’s house, full of dress-ups, a pantry of treats, a swimming pool and trampoline in the backyard, and plenty of summer monsoon storms. I have many memories of doing cartwheels on her grass in the rain, and can still smell that scent of raindrops on the hot cement. Do you know that smell? Every once in a while we’ll get it here in TX (when the weather is dry) and it takes me right back to childhood summers.

On those awesome drives across the desert, we had plenty of time to gaze out the window at dirt and rocks, Joshua trees, and miles of cacti. Specifically the Saguaro Cactus (pronounced suh-wahr-oh)…which I had stared at for years as kid, but never fully appreciated till I was an adult. I mean, I always thought they were cool and unique with those awesome arms, and how amazingly tall they can get.
Did you know they can live for 150-200 years?
And that some don’t get arms till they are 75 years old?
Some don’t get arms at all, and are called spears.
And it’s actually illegal to cut down or damage a saguaro cactus.
They’re pretty special.

And I guess that’s what I took for granted. All those summers, driving past cactus and never realizing that the only place in the whole world that the Saguaro cactus grows is in the Sonoran desert (parts of Arizona, Mexico, and a small part of California).
This quintessential image of a cactus that we see everywhere in artwork, clothing, and pop culture trinkets….they only grow in this one place!
That’s amazing.
I have a new appreciation for these desert giants.
So let’s enjoy their beauty….let’s make a Cactus Pillow!

I had so much fun drafting this pattern—which only took about 7 tries, to get those arms just right….which is like minutes, in the lifespan of a saguaro.
The printable pattern is a 6 page PDF, which you can download and print from your home computer.  Just piece the pages together and cut out the shape!

Then decide how you’d like to your cactus to look.
Like people, each one is unique.
Does your cactus have many spines (prickles), or just a few spines? A flower, a piece of budding fruit?

In this project I’ll show you how to make a cute fabric flower to go along….which, technically looks more like a Prickly Pear flower (another type of cactus which is plentiful in Texas and other parts of the world). A true saguaro bloom is white, with a yellow center, and they grow in bunches on the top of the cactus head.  I found this image on, which is the city where my husband Casey grew up. We have a lot of Arizona in our blood.

I love that you can make this cactus pillow from many types of fabric. I used a solid olive-green flannel from Jo-Ann Fabrics for my main cactus. Then I mixed it up with prints from my Day Trip collection. Look how cute it looks on Lucy’s bed with her Sherpa Fleece Blanket! So many options.

Okay. Have I rambled enough? With my love letter to a cactus?
Owen’s ready to use it as a punching bag.

Actually, Owen really loves stuffed animals (and he’ll probably hate that I’m sharing that). The pictures above made me think of this road trip below (also through the desert) a few summers back to their grandparents’ house. We stayed in this funny little motel in the middle-of-nowhere Texas. And they each brought along their stuffed animals….which of course had to be photographed in front of the awesome pink motel exterior.

And here’s another pic from one of our many summer road trips. This was taken as we pulled in to our hotel in Tucson, AZ after a 15-hour drive. They paused long enough for a pic before we hit the swimming pool.

Okay. I’m done talking.
Let’s sew!
Click the play button below and enjoy.
Or you watch it on my CHANNEL HERE:

Happy saguaro Sunset.