DIY Chevron-Front Sneakers


I have had a Pinterest board called “DIY to Try” for about as long as I’ve had a Pinterest account. It’s filled with aspirational projects that I’ve promised myself I’ll complete. Someday. The problem is that while I love DIY projects, I’m not big on ones that are super complicated. Of course, my definition of “complicated” changes depending on the day and how much time and energy I have to burn on a project. Lately, I’ve been short on both. So when Walmart challenged me to do a summer DIY project, I picked something from my pinboard that required just three simple materials:


  • Fabric markers
  • A pencil
  • White canvas sneakers

The original project also involved a manila folder (or cardstock), a ruler and scissors. But I’m all about laziness simplifying.

Having worked with chevron patterns in the past, I am fully aware that rulers and templates can make things look uniform and crisp. However, I’m also aware that creating those templates with perfect measurements can be frustrating and time consuming. Time consuming wasn’t working for me this time. So I did what any lazy enterprising DIYer would do. I drew my chevron stripes freehand.


Initially, I planned to just go for broke and use the fabric markers with abandon. After drawing the first shape, though, I thought it might be a better idea to sketch the chevron stripes first with pencil, just in case I messed up royally. About two seconds later, I was glad I’d made this decision, as I did mess up and had to erase some lines and try again.

The great thing about this project is that it’s supposed to look handmade and organic. The lines don’t have to be straight or perfect. I varied the width of each stripe as well, for a more casual look.

Next, I decided which colors to use and traced the lines with the color I had in mind.


Finally, my daughter and I took turns filling in each section with color.


In the original project, the entire shoe is covered in chevron stripes. In the infamous words of Sweet Brown, “ain’t nobody got time for that.” So, I made the lazy creative decision to stripe only the front of the shoe. Frankly, I think it looks awesome!


Now, I just have to find an outfit that will work with all these colors. And get a pair of canvas sneaks in my daughter’s size, because she’s made it very clear she wants a pair, too.

DISCLOSURE: As a participant in the Walmart Moms Program, I’ve received product samples and compensation for my time and efforts in creating this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

By jennae

Hi! I'm Jennae Petersen and I'm the eco diva who had the bright idea to share my journey toward green living with the blogosphere. Some of you may know me as the founder of Green Your Decor, my blog about eco-friendly home decor, as a Walmart Mom, from Twitter or from my organic cotton t-shirt line Differently Clothing. Stick around for a while!


  1. I understand you completely, and I think most do. We have so many things pinned, but oh the energy and time to complete them! I like how you made this DIY easier and having the just the front covered in the colorful striped pattern is fun and a WHOLE lot easier to do. Good post! I’ll pin your version to my DIY board 🙂

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