Tutorial ~ Dressed Up High Heels

by Destri on July 26, 2011

Diy Dressed Up High Heels
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I wish I had a font that could accurately reflect my excitement over these shoes!  I will have to settle on the exclamation point.

You guys, !!!!!!!.

It all started about a month ago when I spotted these little beauties on Pinterest (seems that is where many obsessions start for me these days).

Then I clicked over to see the price tag.  $695.00 (insert gulp).  They were sold out, or I totally would have bought them.  I really want to hang out with the ladies that spend that kind of money on shoes.  Maybe it would rub off on me :).  Even then, as I have mentioned before, I have quite possibly the widest feet known to man; leaving me to a lifetime of the wide width section at the local shoe chain.  Wide shoes are hardly ever cute shoes.

Then I came up with an idea to make my own version…

Seriously the easiest project, with only a few supplies needed.  I will catch you after the jump with all the details!

How To Dress Up A Pair Of Heels

A little fabric glue and bias tape was all it took.  Let’s get started!


  • shoes
  • double fold bias tape - ¼ inch and ½ inch (craft store)
  • fabric glue (most stores and craft stores)
  • scissors


First, iron the bias tape so you can’t see where it was folded over on the packaging.  Do Not Iron Out The Double Fold!

For lining the shoe you will use the ¼ inch bias tape.  Start on the outside edge just below the curve.  This is the place you will put your bow in the end, so make sure to start where you want the bow.  I ran a thin strip of glue along the outside edge and then smoothed it out with my finger a bit.  You do not want the glue to thick, or it will seep through.  Remember, when it comes to fabric glue, less is more.

Next make sure that the wider part of the bias tape is on the outside (the side that will show).  Then just press it over the edge of the shoe and run your fingers over it to secure to the glue.  The glue doesn’t dry super fast, so you will have a little bit of a chance to work with it.

Work around the shoe in about 3 inch sections, making sure to smooth the tape as you go.  I did glue the inner edge as I went along, but you could wait until the end if you want.  Whatever is easiest :).

Like I mentioned, the bias tape curves nicely, so just bring it around the toe of the shoe carefully, and snip the end to match where you started.

For the second shoe, start again on the outside curve.  I went the opposite direction than the first shoe, so that the widest part of the bias tape was on the outside again.  Repeat the same process as the first shoe.

Easy right?  Now we can work on the bows.

You will use the ½ inch bias tape for the bows.  Cut a five inch piece with straight ends.

Open up the piece and run a thin strip of glue on the inside, then fold in half again and secure with fingers.

With the widest part of the bias tape facing down, dab a little glue on the center of the tape.  Now pull the ends over to meet up in the center; hold with fingers to set a little.

Now cut a two inch strip from the ¼ inch bias tape…

And a 2½ inch piece from the ½ inch bias tape.

Dab a little glue on the center of the ½ inch piece, and pinch in between fingers like shown.  Hold until set.

To make the bow, you will place the 2½ in piece on the underside of the bow, then wrap with the ¼ inch bias tape.  Play with it until you like the way it looks then put a little glue on the back.

This is the backside of my bow,  I just overlapped the middle strip and glued.  Hold until set then trim the excess off.  Cut the tips at an angle and run a little glue over the tips.

Dressed Up Heels

Now just glue the bow on over the seam.

You’re finished!  I went around all the edges with the glue just to make sure everything was good and secure.

This is how they look on.  I wore them around all day and they held up great.  Actually, they stayed on much better than before.  The tape keeps them from sliding off :).

My little one asked what I was doing and I told her I was taking pictures of my pretty shoes.  She ran and put on her favorite slippers to join me.  They may very well trump mine :)

You could do so many fun things with this idea.  There is all sorts of pretty bias tape out there, Polly Danger has a great selection. I can see a cute pair of little girl shoes in my future!

If you happen to give this a try let me know!

ps…I kind of have a thing for bias tape.  It can be used for the brim for a sunhat, or an easy way to mimic piping for a blanket, perfect to cover metal headbands…oh sheesh, I could go on and on!  Keep it on hand you’ll find all sorts of ways to use it :)

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{ 67 comments… read them below or add one }

KJ@letsgoflyakite July 26, 2011 at 9:59 am

Your shoes look AMAZING, absolutely beautiful. I must try this. I also think that FABRI-TAC is one of the greatest inventions!


Cherie July 26, 2011 at 10:19 am

OMG… that makes me want to go thrifting for shoes!!


Amie {Kitty Cats and Airplanes} July 26, 2011 at 10:49 am

HOLY FRICK! These are the cutest things I’ve ever seen. You are BRILLIANT! And my new best friend, love these! Thanks so much for sharing the how-to!


Jessica at Me Sew Crazy July 26, 2011 at 10:53 am

those are fabulous shoes!!! I can’t believe how easy they are to make! But I must say, I love the last picture the most :) – so cute


Katy Follis July 26, 2011 at 10:59 am

These are amazing! I’m going thrifting for shoes like these that I can dress up now!


Desiree Campbell July 26, 2011 at 12:22 pm

I just shared your SHOES at my FB page… LOVE THEM! Pinning now… and following…;)

OK, I’m done!


Destri July 27, 2011 at 6:56 am

Thanks so much Desiree, made my day :)


Vanessa July 26, 2011 at 12:40 pm

Impressive & super cute! Love the shoes & slippers shot.


Destri July 27, 2011 at 6:55 am

Thanks Vanessa, definitely one for the scrapbook!


wendiwinn July 26, 2011 at 12:49 pm

love this idea!


Aubrey July 26, 2011 at 6:52 pm

Seriously Destri, you amaze me! So cute!!


kate July 26, 2011 at 6:55 pm

Oh why don’t you live closer to us???!! loves and smilesxxxxxx


Destri July 27, 2011 at 6:54 am

miss you :)! How is the weather? We are melting!


Christina July 26, 2011 at 8:46 pm

I LOVE them!! And sending you a high five from another wide footed person =o)


Destri July 27, 2011 at 6:53 am

Yay! It’s just horrible isn’t it? I hoped that if I ever had a girl she wouldn’t get them. She did, dang it.


lorchick @ ON{thelaundry}LINE July 26, 2011 at 9:10 pm

ACK, these are SO CUTE! I love it! I’m giving the stinkeye to a few pairs of shoes right now, thinking somebody needs to get dressed up.


Destri July 27, 2011 at 6:51 am

Stinkeye, that is great! I will have to use that one :) Thank you! Send some pics!


Marian/pink princess July 26, 2011 at 10:09 pm

LOVE them ♥ You can also use some lace for the bow ♥ OR use satin or velvet ribbon around the shoe and use it also for the bow…SO MANY possibilities .



Destri July 27, 2011 at 6:50 am

thanks Marian, and yes so many possibilities, my head has come up with about ten new versions. Now if only I had more shoes. I hadn’t thought of velvet…that would be perfect for little girls shoes this Christmas!


T July 26, 2011 at 11:07 pm

LOVE it. I have a pair of red shoes I never wear that I must try this on.


Destri July 27, 2011 at 6:46 am

I was thinking I might just have to get a red pair to try this on…with a bias tape that has a little floral pattern like this http://www.etsy.com/listing/70108859/strawberry-sky-3-yards-bias-tape-from
Perfect to wear with denim. You could even add it to flats…hmmm…


Natalie July 27, 2011 at 6:21 am

We used bias tape to hang things from the ceiling to encourage our younger daughter to walk. It worked. I’ve used it on many projects here and there. It really is amazing. Great job on the shoes.


Destri July 27, 2011 at 6:44 am

That is a great idea! And yes, I find myself always thinking “I wonder if I could just use bias tape” all the time :)


Nike@ChooseToThrive July 27, 2011 at 6:21 am

Holy cow, girl … I am SMITTEN. These are the most amazing shoes ever. Please, please … where did you get those great nude pumps? I need to make these as soon as possible!


Destri July 27, 2011 at 6:42 am

Thank you! I bought them at Shoe Carnival, they have wide widths :). Send pics!


It's About Time Mamaw July 27, 2011 at 6:58 am

Very cute you should add this tutorial to the contest at my blog.

Patricia aka Mamaw


Linda July 27, 2011 at 7:37 am

I love this tutorial! I featured it on my blog so I hope you’ll come over and check it out!
Thanks so much for sharing.


Maria July 27, 2011 at 8:39 am

If you could also post how to stick crystals to the heels, that’ll be great.
Thank you so much for this post.


Destri August 9, 2011 at 8:56 pm

Maria, I just saw a tutorial with something like that, I will give you a link when I find it :)


Amy @ The Savvy Kitchen July 27, 2011 at 11:57 am

What an AWESOME idea! Thanks for sharing!


Kim July 27, 2011 at 12:34 pm

Oh wow!!!! I am going to have to make some. I think I am going to do black patent leather and red bias tape. Too cute.


AmberLee July 28, 2011 at 7:21 am

are you even kidding me? you could not get excited ENOUGH about those. they are to die for. and yes! aren’t wide feet a pain? i am suffering right along with you. can’t wait to get out and try this.
and so cute of your daughter. i love it.


Maria Costa August 3, 2011 at 8:55 am

Vou tentar fazer e posso colocar no meu blog?


Mac August 8, 2011 at 9:16 am

I LOVE your resourcefulness! Totally linked up to you yesterday when I was celebrating I (heart) shoes, Sunday! Beautiful! Thanks so much for sharing!


A August 26, 2011 at 5:42 am

We liked this so much over at Copycat Crafts that we have decided to feature it today! You can view it here

We’d love it if you’d like to display a featured button! You can grab your button on the right hand side of your post. Thanks!


Destri September 21, 2011 at 9:16 pm

Thanks so much! We are working on a featured page, so we will for sure add yours. I was trying to find a link you left to a kids craft feature site, and for some reason your little picture rings a bell…was that you? Sorry if it wasn’t, but I cannot find it anywhere!


Amanda September 22, 2011 at 4:04 am

Most likely! Probably Fun Family Crafts? http://funfamilycrafts.com


Destri September 22, 2011 at 6:15 am

Yes! Thank you! What a great site :)


Diane K. September 12, 2011 at 6:59 pm

Awesome idea! I love the shoes. And the price is right!!!


Eliesa Davis September 12, 2011 at 8:21 pm

I can say for really cute shoes in wide widths try The Avenue. That is all they carry is WW and not being a wide I get sad because they won’t fit me .


Destri September 13, 2011 at 5:06 am

Thank you Eliesa, I had never heard of them. Off to check them out!


Mary September 13, 2011 at 4:40 am

Love your shoes, gotta try this , must let my sister know about it too. Thanks for your great instructions…:)


Julia @ 551 East Design September 19, 2011 at 12:19 pm

These look like the real deal! Amazing! I need to try this!


Betty September 23, 2011 at 5:38 pm

So clever! Love it!


Sammie September 23, 2011 at 6:04 pm

Brilliant! This is absolutely fantastic! Thanks so much for sharing, they are beautiful.


Jill September 23, 2011 at 6:16 pm

So cute! You’re really making me want some nude pumps now!


Lucy September 23, 2011 at 8:17 pm

Adore ! Xo


Lise September 29, 2011 at 10:20 am

These are fabulous!! Beautifully done.


Josanne October 10, 2011 at 6:50 am

Wow! I am totally impressed! You make it look so easy! I need to show this to my daughter—being a teenager, she’s SO into heels! She’ll love the idea of dressing up her own. I wasn’t familiar with the bias tape before-something new to me. Thank you for sharing!!!


Dorothee-Maria October 25, 2011 at 12:05 pm

Oh my!!!!
I am in LOVE with these beauties… Really! My heart is beating so fast!!!
Thank you so much for sharing this great idea (and tutorial)!
I just can’t wait to get me some gorgeous nude high heels to make them even morge gorgeous…


Kim December 20, 2011 at 5:10 pm

Great idea. Can I ask, where’d you get the blush shoes? I need to recreate this! Wonderful!


Destri January 11, 2012 at 6:53 am

Sorry for the late reply Kim, I’ve been moving. I think I bought these at Shoe Carnival, they have a wide width section :)
Thanks so much!


DeviantSole February 14, 2012 at 10:30 am

OMG the tutorial is great. I may try it on a pair of lonely flats in my closet. But I had to leave the comment, because that last pic & the sentiment behind it is just so dern tweeee!!


Margie March 9, 2012 at 7:23 pm

I had no idea when I clicked on these on Pinterest that it was a tutorial. I just thought it would take me to a website where I would find a pair of shoes that were too narrow that I couldn’t afford. Wow, what a great idea and a great tutorial! Thanks for sharing :)


Destri March 10, 2012 at 8:33 am

I know, it seems to be the LB image that got pinned, am afraid some will be disappointed! That’s too funny on the narrow shoe bit, that is exactly how I always feel :)
So glad you found this useful, thank Margie!


Jamie March 9, 2012 at 7:34 pm

You are brilliant!! This may be my new obsession. The possibilities are endless. Thank you.


Destri March 10, 2012 at 8:29 am

I know, the possibilities are great, right? Thanks so much Jamie!


Lima March 14, 2012 at 1:41 am

Those shoes came out very cute, thanks for sharing this tutorial :) I linked it in a serie I’m writing for my blog (http://rock-n-roll-stops-the-traffic.blogspot.com/2012/03/diy-from-head-to-toe-2.html#more) I hope you don’t mind!


Joselyn @The DIY Spot April 11, 2012 at 8:02 am

Creativity is the mother of resourcefulness. I love this! I have a similar pair that has the trim and center bow – a little too traditional and “old laydyish” for me. The side bow makes it so current and fashionable. Thanks for the inspiration! Btw I have a hard time finidng shoes too. Zappos and Aerosoles are my NBF’s:)


Destri April 12, 2012 at 4:55 am

Yes! I just discovered Zappos too! And I found that Kohl’s has a great wide width selection too. Thanks so much Joselyn!


Amy April 11, 2012 at 1:41 pm

Oh my gosh!! LOOOOOVE!! I was looking for some inspiration of how to dress up my wedding shoes, and I like yours way more than the $695 ones! I have wide feet too, and an odd size (9 1/2 wide) so I can totally relate;) I am about to go into my closet and create a frenzy! LOL


Destri April 12, 2012 at 4:13 am

Yay! I have always thought they would make great wedding shoes! Especially because mine were limited to Payless’ only white wide with available :) I would so love to see pics if you get a chance to make them!


Kat April 17, 2012 at 12:26 am

Thanks for the awesome inspiration.. I used your idea to ribbon up some cute nude flats today!
A friend posted the link to this tutorial on my facebook with a suggestion to DIY myself some wedding flats – I figured I might as well give it a go. It was pretty easy! Great work :)


Destri April 17, 2012 at 8:34 am

Oh I’ve been wanting to do some flats too. Thanks so much for letting me know and have fun at the wedding!


Tiffany November 28, 2012 at 4:41 pm

Hi Destri,
I fell in love with this DIY project- you can see my variation here:
Thanks for the inspiration!


Destri November 28, 2012 at 8:00 pm

Tiffany, they look awesome! I love the shoes you used with the tone on tone – perfect!

Thank you so much for sharing.



Alexandra Marie June 6, 2013 at 10:32 pm

That looks SOOOOO amazing! I am seriously debating whether or not I should do this to my nude pumps. Thank you for the awesome tutorial! Alex



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