Have some flats you’d like to dress up? Here’s the how-to on adding a zipper ruffle to your shoes. Take those drab shoes to fab flats!
*This may not work with all shoes and shoe sizes. Please use for Personal Use ONLY.*
- pair of flat
- 12-14″ zipper, sides separated in a color that goes with your shoes
- high heat glue gun
- sewing machine
Sew a basting stitch along the edge as close as you can without going off the fabric.
Leave the threads long so you can gather the zipper.
Start by gluing one side of the zipper on the inside of the shoe close to the front. Don’t glue down all the excess fabric.
Wrap the zipper around the front, gluing every inch or so to keep zipper in place. Be careful not to melt your shoe or get glue in the zipper tines.
Wrap the end into the shoe.
Trim pff the excess zipper, singe the edges to prevent fraying, and glue down.
Should look something like this. Edges nicely tucked in.
Using what’s left of the zipper, repeat previous steps to create a second ruffle layer.
Trim threads and left over zipper.
Now you have a fabulous pair of flats!
*I have several pairs of zipper ruffle ballet flats for sale in my shop in both gray and black.*
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