Every good project needs a good back story…and this one is no different.
There is a pair of shoes from J. Crew that I absolutely adore. Tell me they aren’t adorable?
I’ve teetered on buying these several times. Problem #1 – They are $98. NINETY. EIGHT. DOLLARS. I’ve actually paid that much for a pair of shoes before, but not for a pair of flats (I wear them out too quickly). They aren’t even real leather! The J. Crew Factory website has sales quite often, sometimes when these shoes are already marked down. Even so, I’ve never seen them for cheaper than $60, and that doesn’t include the cost of shipping. Problem #2 – Even if I was willing to pay any price for these shoes, my size is back ordered until April. They are SUPER popular shoes!
If you’ve been reading my blog at all, you obviously already know what I decided to do: make them myself for a fraction of the cost. Whee!
Without further ado:
DIY Shoe Bows/Clips
patent flats in the color of your choice
matching grosgrain ribbon in 5/8″ and 1-1/2″ widths, about a yard of each
hot glue gun and glue sticks
1. Buy a cheap pair of patent flats. I bought mine from ebay for $20 (with free shipping!), but the exact same pair is also over at ZOOSHOO (affiliate link). You can save 15% off orders over $50 with the code 15OFF50 through 3/31/14, and they always ship free. 🙂
2. Find matching ribbon. I ordered mine from Ribbons and Bows Oh My. I wasn’t sure what color would be closest, so I ordered two different shades. For these particular shoes, the “oatmeal” color was almost a perfect match. Sweet!
3. Cut two 8″ pieces of 1-1/2″ width ribbon. Glue the edges to the center as shown.
4. Cut two 7″ pieces of 1-1/2″ width ribbon. Glue the edges to the center as you did for the 8″ pieces.
5. Attach the smaller bows to the larger bows with a thin strip of glue at the center.
6. Cut two 3″ pieces of 5/8″ width ribbon. Wrap around the center of the bows as shown, securing at the back with glue.
7. Cut two 4″ piece of 5/8″ width ribbon and tie a knot in the center of each piece. Center the knot in the front, and wrap the remaining ribbon around to the back, securing with glue.
8. Attach shoe clips to the back of each bow as shown. Optional: Cover shoe clip with a small piece of ribbon to further protect shoe (especially if you plan to wear them at all without the bows). I already had some shoe clips on hand, but they are fairly inexpensive. I bought mine from Etsy.
9. Clip bows onto shoes, put them on your feet, and prance around the house.
I seriously love how these turned out! I love the cost breakdown even more:
Shoes – $20.00
Ribbon – $2.90 + $3.15 shipping and handling
Glue gun and glue – $0.00 (already owned)
Shoe clips – $0.00 (already owned)
TOTAL COST = $26.05 (a savings of over 73%!)
The best part is being able to wear these shoes without the bows, too. You could get even more wear out of these by pairing them with different colored bows; I’ve been thinking about making another set in gold glitter. Ooo la la!
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial!
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