How to Easily Make DIY Lace-Up Ballet Flats at Home in 4 Simple Steps

by Janel
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Lace-up flats have been popular for a while now. However, I’ve yet to go out and buy a pair because I thought that I could probably DIY that. And I did, for a couple of bucks with an old pair of flats.

Let me show you how you can make DIY lace-up ballet flats in a few easy steps.

Tools and materials:

  • Flats
  • Leather cording
  • No-sew glue
  • Binder clips
  • Scissors
  • Scrap material
Cutting loops for the DIY lace-up ballet flats

1. Cut the loops

I have some scrap t-shirt material leftover from a previous DIY. I am cutting some small strips of the fabric to create some loops; they are probably about 1.5 inches long and ½ inch wide (2.5x1.3cm). 

Gluing the loops together

2. Glue them together

Next, I’m going to take my no-sew glue and turn these into the little loops for our laces to string through.

Put a little dab of glue on one end, fold them in half, and make sure that the loop is large enough for whatever you are using for your laces.

Gluing loops for the DIY lace-up shoes

3. Glue the loops to the shoes

Add some more glue, and then you can glue that right onto the shoe. I added three loops on the front of my shoe and a loop on the back of the shoe; you can add as many or as few as you like.

Making DIY lace-up ballet flats

Glue your loops to both shoes, and then this is where the binder clips come into play; they work well for holding the loops in place and allowing them to dry overnight. 

How to add laces to ballet flats

4. Lace the shoes

The next day, remove the clamps - everything should be dry and good to go. Now all that’s left to do is lace these bad boys up.

I have some leather cording which is about 1-1.5 meters long. Thread the cording through the loops and then criss-cross the cording around your legs to get your desired look!

DIY lace-up ballet flats

DIY lace-up ballet flats tutorial

Here are the finished DIY lace-up ballet flats. This is an easy way to revamp an old pair of shoes that you have in your closet and turn them into a trendy new piece. 

DIY lace-up shoes

It is very simple to add laces to ballet flats, and I’m really happy with the finished look!

Let me know what you think in the comments below!

Suggested materials:
  • Flats
  • Leather cording
  • No-sew glue
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