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.

Take advantage of this before I change my mind.

Confession: I am a selfish child who hates to share.

When I find something I love, I keep it to myself… it’s horrible, I know, but it’s my nature.  Like, you know when babies are learning to eat real food and they kind of obsess about it 24/7 and HAVE to eat whatever you’re eating? Most people are all, “Here you go, baby! *gigglelaughsnort* I looove sharing my food with babies!”  Me? No. Maddie does that to me every day, and each time I have to hand over a bite of my delicious meal I feel like she’s taking a part of my soul along with it, covering it in drool and leaving it for me to clean up approximately 4 hours later. It makes my eye twitch a little. I only do it because I love her. And only give her the tiniest of bites because the rest is for me, dang it.  It’s an issue.

With that little nugget of information, you may now understand why it is taking every last ounce of strength in my selfish little body to write this post. It’s just that I’m sort of obsessed with this new online boutique I discovered a few weeks ago and I was seriously contemplating keeping it all to myself, BUT in the spirit of kindness, adorable dresses and discount codes, I feel it is my duty to share this with all of you.

(I’m almost saint-like, I know.)

Now, quick. Before I change my mind…


Do you SEE the adorableness that is going on here? All the girlieness? All the RUFFLES? And the best part is how affordable all the items are. I die. Go check out Twisted Simplicity and check out the rest of the cuteness and RUFFLES! for yourself.

Twisted Simplicity is offering my readers a 10% discount when you use the code “mrspriss10”, available until February 15, 2010. Also, if you become a fan on their Facebook page, you’ll have a chance to win a $40 gift card.

You are welcome.