As soon as I spotted these shoes, I started dreaming up a way to DIY my own pair. I’m absolutely loving the tassel trend and I don’t think I’ll ever grow tired of pom poms, so adding both to shoes seemed like the obvious choice. I made these removable tassel pom pom shoe charms so you can just slip them on your shoes when you want to add a pop of color (and a whole lot of flair) to your outfit.
Not only are the Kate Spade shoes crazy expensive but I could never wear them. As you might not know, I have severe chronic foot pain. This means that I am limited to only wearing shoes from 3-4 different brands. So whenever I spot a new style that’s ultra-supportive and stylish, I order them asap (hello Zappos next day shipping). This DIY was made specifically for my new favorite heels, but you could easily adjust the measurements to fit your own shoes.
DIY Removable Tassel Pom Pom Shoe Charms
- Cut out 2 circles, each 1.25″ in diameter, out of the faux leather vinyl. If you don’t still have a compass from middle school geometry class, you can trace the shape of a bottle cap or a foam pouncer like I did. Cut 2 pieces of elastic long enough to wrap around the top band of your shoes. If you’re making shoe charms for the same shoes, cut each piece of elastic 2¼” long.
- Hand sew the elastic in a loop onto the back side of each of the round pieces of vinyl.
- One at a time, hand sew each tassel along the bottom edge of the vinyl circle. Make sure that the elastic is vertical while you do this. This will ensure that the tassels will drape down and not sideways once on your shoes. Repeat with the other shoe charm.
- One at a time, hand sew each pom pom onto the vinyl circle. I found the pom poms looked best when sewn tightly onto the vinyl base. To do this, place the needle through each pom pom rather than through the pre-made loop on each pom pom. Repeat with the other shoe charm.
- Once you’re done sewing all the tassels and pom poms, slide the shoe charms onto each shoe and try on the shoes. If you like the length of the tassels, then you’re done! If you want them a little shorter, use a rotary cutter with a ruler and cutting mat to carefully trim each tassel until they are as short as you like. I trimmed mine about ½” total, starting with only ¼” each at first until they were short enough to not overlap the bottom sandal strap.
The photo above is proof that I’m not a seamstress. But all those crazy stitches sure get the job done. Don’t stress about it looking pretty on the back, your shoes will over all that up.
Also, since the pom poms and tassels cover up the entire faux leather vinyl circle, it doesn’t matter what color material you use. If you don’t have any vinyl scraps you could also use felt or another woven material that doesn’t fray.
Would you rock colorful statement shoe charms on your sandals this summer? If you’re not feeling bold enough to wear a rainbow of color, these would also be gorgeous in an ombre of neutrals color or even in one solid color.
I cannot wait to wear mine this weekend!
shoes c/o Vionic
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