Tuesday, August 30, 2011

DIY-Lace pumps tutorial

Lace is everywhere this season. It's versatility can transform it from romantic to sexy easily with just a simple outfit change. Lace accessories can also be a perfect accent to an outfit which is why after lace dresses, lace pumps were a huge hit on the runways for Fall/Winter 2011. They were such a huge hit I was inspired to create my own pair.

DIY-Lace pumps

Suede or fabric pumps
Tacky Glue
Old paint brush

First cut out a piece of lace that will cover the main part of the shoe. We will cut out a piece to cover the heel later.

Start gluing the lace onto the shoe starting at the toe. The tacky glue does not need a ton of it to work so a medium thickness layer with work fine. We'll seal it better later.

Next move up and glue the sides of the shoes. I do this one side at a time so I can work with it to make the lace lay flat. This is where it gets a little tricky though. Sometimes the lace doesn't want to lay perfectly flat. I know the glue would probably still hold it if there was a small bubble in it but I prefer to have it flat so the lace doesn't want to pull off the shoe.

In order to alleviate this issue I spent time pulling the lace to see which way it laid best, it does take a little work. If it was giving me a problem in one area I made small snips in the excess hanging over the sides which seemed to help.

At the back where the side pieces of lace meet I cut both sides along the back seam so that when I glued it down the two pieces met perfectly and ended up looking like one continuous piece. Honestly you can't even really tell where the two pieces came together. The lace kind of camouflages the seam.

Once the shoe is completed you can go around and cut the lace more perfectly.
After the main portion of the shoe is glued I went and snipped off the excess around the bottom and up the sides to the heel, leaving it for later.

In the middle I made a slice down the center and cut the lace close to the sides leaving about a 1/4 of an inch excess. Then I ran a bead of glue along the inside and folded over the excess to give the top a finished look. Right around the toe I had to make a lot of snips so that the lace folded neatly around the curve.

Now we need to finish the toe and the heel.

The lace puckers around the toe so we need to glue it flat.
Finishing the toe requires a little work. I finish it in steps so that I can get the lace to lay as flat as possible. This is where the lace puckers the most because of the curve so some snipping here can help. It also helps to tug gently on the lace when your gluing it down.

I also place a piece of tape on the excess lace around the toe to help it stay down while the glue dries. Continue gluing the toe until it is completed and dried and then clip the excess off around the bottom.

If you enlarge the image you can see the snips I made in the excess lace.
To cover the heel first cut a piece of lace large enough to cover it. I started by gluing down one side of the heel. Because the heel is curved and tapered this is another spot where you need to work with the lace to make it lay flat. It also really helps to snip the excess like before.

Then move to the next side and do exactly the same thing. I did not wrap the lace around to cover the inside. I just didn't see the need to and I don't feel my shoe is missing anything because I didn't. If you want though you could totally wrap the entire heel, it's up to you.

The white spots on the heel are where the glue isn't completely dried.
After the heel is dry go around and snip off the excess. For the part on the back where the heel meets the main part of the shoe I cut the excess lace following the original seam of where the heel was attached. This way the lace blends together nicely. Then I ran a small bead of glue where the back and heel met just to be sure the two pieces are glued down.

After the excess lace is all removed, go around and cut the lace more precisely, a small pair of craft scissors would really help at this point. After that if nothing else needs glued go ahead and give the shoes a coat of spray sealer. I chose to use a decoupage sealer because it gives better flexibility than standard sealer. This is important for shoes because you need them to bend and flex as you walk.

Voila! Go enjoy your fabulous new lace pumps now!

DIY-Lace pumps


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Ashley said... Reply to comment

wow I LOVE THIS!!!! soooo darling! i will totally have to try this! thanks girl:)

Al said... Reply to comment

Love the idea. They are adorable

Bethany @ A Fish Who Likes Flowers said... Reply to comment

This is awesome! They turned out great!

Kara @ Mine for the Making said... Reply to comment

GORGEOUS!!! I love lace...this idea is amazing! Thanks for sharing the how to!

I'd love for you to link this up to my new diy fashion linky party called DIY Diva Thursdays! We party until Monday, so you have plenty of time to stop by. Hope to see you! :)


Michelle said... Reply to comment

Great idea! Thanks for sharing! They are so cute! I am visiting from Mine for the Making and I am a new follower!!

Hope to see you around soon!
Have a great weekend!

Brave Brooke said... Reply to comment

That made a huge difference! How cute!

Kassi @ Truly Lovely said... Reply to comment

These are gorgeous!!! We FEATURED your lovely lace heels today from the Fancy This Fridays link up! Hope you'll check it out and grab a featured button! http://trulylovelywiththelaneysisters.blogspot.com/2011/09/fancy-this-features-41.html

Kara @ Mine for the Making said... Reply to comment

You are a featured DIY Diva this week Amanda! :) Come on over and grab a featured button if you'd like!

Melissa said... Reply to comment

This is such a great idea!! One question--around the toe, does the lace come unglued at all due to walking? I absolutely love this idea, and I can't wait to try it out!

Amanda said... Reply to comment


I haven't had an issue with the lace. If you look at the final picture you can kinda see that the toe part curves upward a bit so it really never rubs up against the ground. I understand though that every pair of shoes is different so it might be an issue. To be safe use plenty of glue when finishing the toe area. I also kinda pushed the lace into the glue while it was drying to make sure it was adhering well. Then pay special attention to it when you spray the sealer on them.

I think that's the best way to ensure the lace won't come off. If you have any other questions let me know!

Rose and Heather said... Reply to comment

These are gorgeous!!! I have some silver pumps I have never worn and this will make me wear them!

We would love to have you come join us at out party! Carfty Lassie Tuesday... Sew Stylish Boutique.
We are having a giveaway for Roses birthday and to enter you just have to link up.
Hope to see you there!
Thanks - Heather & Rose

Madison said... Reply to comment

These look great! You must be brave. I would have been afraid to ruin my shoes with glue if it didn't work, and then I would have been missing out on these great lace pumps!

Amanda said... Reply to comment

Honestly I was kinda scared, but I hadn't worn the shoes in a long time so I took a chance and I'm so happy with the outcome!

Rebecca @ My Girlish Whims said... Reply to comment

Such a good idea! I featured this on my facebook page, thanks so much for linking up to Your Whims Wednesday! Come by the party again this week and grab a featured button!

PS- I see you are a PSU grad? Where in PA are you at? Im NW of Philly!

Julia said... Reply to comment

Wow, I can't believe what you managed to do with so little :) The final look of those shoes is amazing. I will definetely try with one of my pairs and I hope that it will look as good as yours. You are right lace and luxury watches are everywhere these days and we just need to keep up with the trend :) Thanks for the tutorial!

Amanda said... Reply to comment

Isn't that the best though? I love projects when a few supplies can create something wonderful.

You're so welcome for the tutorial, thanks for stopping by!

The Craft-Arty Kid said... Reply to comment

Love this! They look awesome

Becolorful said... Reply to comment

:You are amazing and the shoes turned out spectacularly. Thanks for linking up to Motivated Monday at BeColorful

Courtney @ A Diamond in the Stuff said... Reply to comment

Love them! I featured them today at Time to Shine: http://adiamondinthestuff.blogspot.com/2011/09/time-to-shine-features-no-36.html

Thanks so much for linking up!!!

Marie said... Reply to comment

Super cute! I have a pair that needs some lace! I'd love to have you link up to Show & Share on Wednesday!


Soccer Mom Style said... Reply to comment

This is too cute! Found you on Carla's Chic Steals.

June said... Reply to comment

This is fantastic. Lace transforms the shoe so well. This is an easy yet fabulous diy! Keep it up!


Divya N said... Reply to comment

these look fantastic

Anonymous said... Reply to comment

Can you do this with non- fabric pumps as well?? Thanks - Megan

Amanda said... Reply to comment


The fabric gives the glue something to hold on to. I would be worried about the glue adhering properly if the pump wasn't fabric.

You might be able to sand the non-fabric pump to give it some texture but honestly I would rather try with a fabric pumps first.

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