DIY Marc Jacobs Inspired Mouse Flats

Hello everyone! As the title suggests, hopefully by the end of this post, you will know how to create your own Marc Jacobs inspired mouse flats.

I personally am a huge fan of Marc Jacobs (MJ). Having owned a few of MJ's products, I could definitely confirm that their products are of premium quality. That being said, premium quality does not necessarily translate to boring looks. In fact, MJ is well-known to have quirky and youthful designs. Every single item never fails to impress. From watches to perfumes, you name it, they are all cute. The mouse flats is one of them. As you can see below, they come in girly princess-like design to the studded punk design. The image below only shows a few of the varieties.

Image source: thebigbrowneyes

If you do not want to stretch your budget too much for a gorgeous pair, you may want to create your own for only a fraction of the cost. With no disrespect to MJ, I think the end result looks pretty similar to the original ones (from far :p)!


1. A pair of basic flats. You could choose any color you desire, but I picked black because you could never go wrong with black. Mine is from Rubi.
2. Some black buttons for the eyes. Technically, you would only need 4 for a pair of shoes. (Daiso)
3. A small piece of faux leather. (Lincraft)
4. Sewing kit; threads and needles. (Daiso)

You will also need a pair of scissors for cutting, as well as a super glue.


1. Cut the faux leather into 4x half-circles (for the ears).

Fold the each of the half-circle right in the middle (per photo below), and stitch the edge of the horizontal side you just joined together. 

Next step, cut the remaining faux leather into 2x rectangles with a half-circle-top (for the noses)

You will need to stitch the edge of the rectangles, but unlike the ears, you don't have to fold them before stitching. 

After doing finishing step 1, you will have 2 sets of ears and nose (shown above).

2. Using a pencil, mark your shoes with the areas where you want to sew the eyes, and stick the ears and nose.

3. Sew the buttons to create the eyes on the "x" signs. Repeat the same for the other side of the shoes. 

4. This step is optional if you want to create the whiskers. You will need some plastic cable tags. You should be able to get these from the tags on new clothing/car deodorizer/etc. So, go ahead and look for the items you recently bought - but still unused (with tags that are still intact). One tag should be long enough to make 3 strands. If you do the math, you will need 4 tags for 12 strands in total (6 strands to make the whiskers for each shoe). 

Superglue the 6 strands to the back of your rectangle-with-a-half-circle-top (3 on the left side; another 3 on the right hand side). Do the same to the remaining strands to the other rectangle.

Alternatively, if you don't have these plastic cable tags, just go ahead and stick these rectangles on to the areas marked on your shoes, without the whiskers. I think they look just as cute without the whiskers. 

5. Using superglue again, stick the ears to the marked areas on both sides of your shoes.

Congratulations, you have now finished your DIY project! Well done, give yourself a pat on the back.

Personal tips:

1. Allow drying time before wearing the shoes. To be safe, wait for at least 2 hours for the glue to dry.
2. Superglue could be tricky for those who have never used them in the past. If you are new to this, be gentle when you squeeze the tube. Only because if you accidentally glue your fingers together, the removal process could be a pain. 
3. Be creative and don't be afraid to experiment. If you could not find a piece of faux leather, you may use felt instead. You could also use a different shoe color or buttons for the eyes. 

If you are going to try this, please let me know how you go. Tag me on instagram and don't forget to hashtag #ALTFDIY1 so it is easier for me to find. :)

In case you are wondering what the hashtag stands for, it is "aLittleTooFreeDIY No.1" as this is my first DIY post.


I hope you guys like this post and find it useful!

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