Monday, December 21, 2015

DIY Dump Truck "UGGs"

How can you convince a toddler to wear boots? Put dump trucks on them!

My youngest is notoriously picky when it comes to footwear. He would wear his crocs all year if I let him! He has really wide feet which doesn't help the selection process.

After some searching I found some gender neutral "UGGs" at Walmart. They are marketed for girls but they run large and have no sparkles or frills on them. He really didn't want to try them on. Then I took him to the craft section and let him choose some patches for them. Instant win!


Materials Needed:
  • Boots
  • 2 patches
  • Synthetic Fabric Glue (E6000)
    • Or needle and thread
  • Glue Applicator 
    • Toothpicks work well
  • Scotchguard (optional but recommended)
Process:
  1. Ensure that the boots are clean and dry. 
  2. Decide where you want to place the patches. Lightly mark with pencil.
  3. Apply glue to the back of the patch.
  4. Add pressure to the patch and hold until the glue is set.
  5. Repeat with the other shoe. 
  6. Spray shoe with stain repellant. Be sure to cover the patch. 
A Few Things I've Learned:
  • Do not iron the patches on. The synthetic materials will shrivel. It's ugly.
  • Liquid Stitches glue does not fuse synthetics to patches. Stick to E6000 or Quick Grip.
  • It may take a few touch ups to get all of the edges secured. 
    • Next time I may just sew them on. 
These EMU shark boots are adorable if you'd prefer to stray away from Walmart shoes.

Happy Holidays!

<3 KM

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