Tutorial – Fancy Ruffled Shoe Clips

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Shoe clips are a fun little accessory that can add life and bit of fanciness to a pair of plain old shoes.

After seeing all sorts of adorable embellished flats and heels that J. Crew has come out with lately, I wanted to try my hand at it. I hope these instructions are clear enough and you are able to get some use out of it!

Ballet Flats from J. Crew – $185.00

Supplies:

  • Lightweight synthetic fabric (it’s wrinkly because I was tired and lazayyy)
  • Scissors
  • Glue gun
  • Needle & thread
  • Ink Pen (use a pencil… I couldn’t find one. I know, who doesn’t have a pencil??)
  • Shoe Clips… I bought a ton from The Creative Seed on Etsy for just a few dollars

Instructions:

Trace 16 circles onto your fabric — 8 for each shoe. I used one of my little Anthro bowls as a guide and they turned out to be a pretty good size, but I’d aim for 3 inches in diameter. You can even get all fancy and precise if you have a compass lying around somewhere. I use bowls. I is science.

Cut out the fabric circles.

Start with one circle. Fold it in half…

…and in half again.

Run your needle through the fabric at the part that comes to a point. You’ll see what I mean when you get here.

Repeat the fold-fold-stitch process with 7 more circles. You should have a stack that looks something like the above photo. Knot the thread a few times to secure the stack, and you will see the fabric form a little ruffled cluster.

Flip the fabric over and glue a shoe clip over the knotted thread. I pinched a bit of felt between the clip and used it as a bit of extra surface for the glue to adhere.

Repeat the last five steps with the remaining 8 fabric circles to create another ruffled bunch. That’s it!

Hmm… I think little red posies would also be quite adorable worn on a pair of black heels.

OH LOOK!

What a coincidence! har har.  I suppose you could even make some sweet little bows or some felt rosettes as well!

Oh Lord. I may never get to sleep tonight.

Shop Update: The New Ladies

I am so thrilled to share a new series of hair clips I added to my little Etsy store. The good Lord knows it’s been far too long since I’ve updated it!

Please allow me to introduce the new girls in the shop…

Pearl, Scarlet, and Petunia.

Pearl Hair Pin

Pearl {available here}

Scarlet Hair Pin

Scarlet {available here}

Petunia Hair Pin

Petunia {available here}

Beyond the Little Black Dress

The Little Black Dress is the one piece in a woman’s wardrobe she can always rely on to make her feel feminine, lovely, and irresistible… but it can be quite boring if worn all by it’s lonesome!

I’ve come up with a few different ways to change up that black dress using my new favorite toy, Polyvore.

Ladies’ Night

Bold, fun accessories are the easiest way to dress up any outfit. These hot red heels by Steve Madden and funky charm bracelet by Betsey Johnson make this completely appropriate for Girls’ Night Out. Just try not to attract TOO much attention. :)

High Tea

If you’re going out to Sunday brunch or having tea with Grammy, you might want to rethink that zebra print clutch. A more appropriate and sophisticated way to accessorize is with a cute jacket, dainty jewelry and lacey, feminine details. Don’t forget your hankie!

What are your tips and tricks for dressing up the plain old Little Black Dress?

Click on images for full details and links to individual items.

Accessorize, much?

Oh, hi Mary Kate. Quick question… How do you manage to walk upright and not spill your coffee while carrying three times your body weight in accessories?

Okay. I am a jewelry and accessory maniac, but 10+ all at once? Ouch, my eyes.

It’s always been my personal preference to look effortlessly stylish and less gypsy-esque. Over the years, I’ve been acquainted with many ‘rules of thumb’ when it comes to accessorizing. As silly as some of these sound, they really do work!

  • I once heard a woman say that before you leave your house, stand in front of a mirror and do a little twirl. Whatever catches your eye in the mirror as your spinning (I warned you, didn’t I?) is making too much of a statement and you should take it off.
  • No matter where you’re headed, as you’re walking out the door remove one unnecessary item.
  • Accessories should never exceed the amount of seven. This includes glasses, bold nail polish, a wedding ring, and earrings count as two.

So there you have it. Simple, silly, and obvious tips to avoid looking like a gypsy. But hey, if head scarves and tambourines are your thing, by all means, work it.