Tutorial – Fancy Ruffled Shoe Clips

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


  • 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


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.


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.

40 thoughts on “Tutorial – Fancy Ruffled Shoe Clips

  1. Great Tutorial, but I only have one question. Nail Polish info please, lol, brand, color? Its perrrty. :)

  2. For some reason I thought you already did this post?? Did you just put up a pic of the shoe clips? haha, i needz coffee. I am definitely going to make something like these for my wedding shoes :) :) YAYAYAYAYAY.

  3. I love it! I heart J Crew, but I just can’t shell out that kinda cash. Thanks for giving me some thrifty alternatives!!!

    As always, love ya!

  4. You are so stinkin’ adorable! I just found your blog and I absolutely adore your spunk! Thanks for making me smile and giving me some great new craft projects!

  5. Omg, I am beyond in looooove with this idea. I’ve been following your blog for a few months now but was always too lazy to leave a comment…. I might sound like a crazy person here but I’ve made your anthropologie inspired pearl necklace, felt rosettes and felt button flowers and love them all!!! I am on vacation right now and trying to scheme how to get ahold of the supplies to make some shoe pretties for a pair of heels I brought :) ohhhh so doing this when I get home! You are a hilarious, great writer and I always look forward to your posts. Ok stalker time is over you can now relax! Thanks for the ideas!!!

  6. great and easy idea……thanks……………….recall mom’s shoe clips from a million years ago…………always loved them……..such a very great way to change our shoes to mix and match with our outfits! Easier and less expensive to make them ourselves! Save on gas and time in having to look for the right shoe clip styles from store/mall to store/mall!

  7. come and live with me.

    we’ll leave the husbands to their own devices and just be fabulous all the time.

    and by fabulous i mean you can make all of our stuff and i’ll curl our hair.

  8. Someone bought the ruffle ones from your shop?! Wahhhh

    More please? Gray or black? Custom order? please?

    (also I thought you got a spam comment from Jon Stewart, but then I saw that it wasn’t… I was like COOLEST SPAM EVER!)

  9. I love these. I saw them on One Pretty Thing and knew I had to come and see them. What a great and easy tutorial.
    I will totally have to give these a try.

    I think these would not only be perfect for me, but would be a perfect gift. I would love it if you came and linked this up to my Christmas in July Linky party.

    I hope to see you there.

    Just Another Day in Paradise

  10. You have THE greatest crafts!!! You make things I actually want to try and feel like I could handle!! These shoe clips are an AMAZING idea… I want to make a ton and then trick everyone into thinking I own a bunch of different shoes! :) myhappilyevernow.blogspot.com

  11. Friend’s response to this post. “I need those!” So I bought some shoe clips from said Etsy link and we are going to town! Would you be interested in being featured on our “Orange Christmas” hand-made and slavery free movement blog? We love your style! E-mail me!

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  14. I love your shoe clips! I have recently started making flowers, headbands and shoe clips, so I started looking around at everybody’s. Could you please please tell me where to find the little metal clip you put on the back of yours?? I cant find them anywhere!

  15. Sam, I found them at the Etsy shop I linked to in the post, called The Creative Seed. There are a lot of shops who carry them on Etsy, so definitely check there! xoxo

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