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DIY Tutorial: Ombre Crochet Flats


DIY Ombre Crochet Flats

Crochet flats are among my favorite shoe styles for spring and summer – not only are they the perfect pairing of casual and girly, but these shoes are also very trendy this season.

If you’re looking to amp up the style factor on your favorite crochet flats, I’m going to show you how to transform a pair of neutral crochet flats into a super-trendy and colorful ombré pair. Read on to learn how!

What You Will Need:

Diy ombre supplies

  • Crochet Flats – (Don’t have any? Check out a few of my favorite pairs here, here, here, and here!)
  • Water
  • Small plastic cups
  • Sponge brushes
  • A paint brush
  • Gloves
  • Tie Dye kit or fabric dye
  • Large freezer bag or plastic bag

Step One

First things first, cover your work area with newspaper or paper towels – you won’t want to get dye on any furniture or countertops! After you’ve done that, mix up the dye according to the directions on the packaging. If you’re using the tie dye kit, you should have filled your dye bottle to the line and shaken it together. Next, fill three plastic cups about halfway up with water.

First step ombre shoe diy

Pour about 1/3 of the dye into the first cup of water, as this will create a lighter shade of your color dye your chose. Now take the second cup of water and put about 4-5 drops of the dye into the cup, to create an even lighter shade of the same color. Leave cup three as just plain water.

Step Two

Using the plain water cup and a clean sponge brush, lightly dampen the outside areas of the shoes so that the dye will take to the fabric.

Step one diy ombre

Step one ombre diy

Step Three

Pick up and hold the bottom of the first shoe with toes pointing down (this is so the color runs down off the shoe and not towards the heel). To start, use the bottle of dye to apply the darkest shade to the toe area. Don’t worry if the color looks super dark – it will dry lighter!

Step two ombre diy

Then, take the first diluted cup of dye and use a sponge brush to apply the medium shade of color. Remember to blend this into the darker color with your brush.

Ombre shoe diy step two

Step Four

Apply the lightest shade of your color with a sponge brush to the third quarter of the shoe, then use a paint brush to fan out the color toward the heel. This will help to create a softer and more natural-looking blend. Once you’re happy with how the shoe looks, move on the other, making sure to try and cover the same areas with the same colors for a uniform look.

Diy ombre shoe step three

Step Five

If you’re using tie dye, you will need to allow the dye to set for about 6-8 hours. To do this, place the shoes into a plastic zip-top bag and seal it to keep the shoes damp. Once the die has set for the recommended time, remove them and follow the rinsing instructions on the dye.

Diy ombre shoe step

The Finished Shoes:

Ombre shoes finished view

After the shoes have dried, you can start wearing them. Enjoy your fabulous new pair of flats!

What Do You Think?

Do you like the ombré effect? Do you like crochet flats? Are you going to try this DIY? Are there any DIYs you want to see us do? Leave us a comment and let us know!

Posted on on May 1, 2013 / Filed Under: Fashion Tips / Tags: , , , , , , , ,

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11 Responses to “DIY Tutorial: Ombre Crochet Flats”

  1. 1
    May 1st, 2013 at 3:26 pm


  2. 2
    May 1st, 2013 at 4:01 pm

    I liked them better in their original color, I think the white would go with more outfits. But you did a great job with the tye dye.

  3. 3
    May 1st, 2013 at 4:47 pm

    Great idea! Love the color!

  4. 4
    May 1st, 2013 at 5:47 pm

    Oh, that is so cute!!!

  5. 5
    May 1st, 2013 at 8:07 pm

    I LOVE this idea! Super cute

  6. 6
    May 1st, 2013 at 10:51 pm

    Wow!!! This are amazing!! I can’t wait to try different colors!

  7. 7
    May 2nd, 2013 at 8:33 am

    I should try that, when my little sister gets lace shoes!

  8. 8
    May 25th, 2013 at 6:23 pm

    I did these in purple and they’re super cute, yet unfinished. My question is on the dye box the garment needs to be washed in the washing machine. Is there an alternative to the washer to rinse them?

  9. 9
    May 25th, 2013 at 7:25 pm

    Katherine – Normally you could put the shoes or garment into the washer, but because of the lace I just ran my shoes under the sink water until the water ran clear. I’ve worn them a few times since and no color has rubbed off. Hope this helps!

  10. 10
    August 11th, 2013 at 5:31 am

    It’s super duper cute. I love ombre effect!!

  11. 11
    December 22nd, 2014 at 2:51 am

    Good Article!

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