Our DIY blogger is Aimee Santos of Swellmayde, one of the best maker blogs we know.
I used to think fringe was reserved for flapper dresses and boho accessories. After seeing my favorite designers, from Chloe to Proenza Schouler, reinvent it and and give it a high fashion twist, I can’t seem to get enough of it. Here, I show you how to add a touch of fringe to a pair of heels. It’s the perfect way to complete a look for a night out.
- T-strap heels (plain ankle-strap heels will work too, but you’ll need ½ yard of plain faux suede trim (without fringe!) to make your own t-strap)
- Faux suede fringe trim
- E6000 adhesive
- Paper plate
1. If your ankle-strap heels do not have a center t-strap, you can make one using plain, fringe-free, faux suede trim, about 1.5 inches wide. Measure the distance between your ankle strap and toe strap, then cut out 2 pieces of suede trim measuring 1” longer. (You need 2 pieces so you have one for each shoe.) Using the E6000 adhesive, glue the trim onto the ankle and toe straps, leaving ½” extra at the top and bottom. Now, fold this extra part over the ankle and toe straps and glue into place. There—now you have a wide center t-strap! Next, cut 8 pieces of fringe trim the same width as your t-strap. (That’ll make 4 pieces of fringe for each shoe.)
2. Add a quarter size amount of E6000 onto the paper plate. Using your chopstick, add a small amount of adhesive onto the back of the cut fringe.
3. Place onto the bottom of the t-strap. Make sure the end of the fringe meets the edge of the toe strap.
4. Glue 3 more pieces of fringe onto the t-strap. Space them out equally, layering the fringe for the best effect. Repeat steps 2, 3 and 4 for the second shoe.