My mom gave Annie a really cute pair of Converse All-Star sneakers with layers of tulle attached to the tongue. Annie has practically worn holes into them, and they are just about too small for her. I wanted to get her a new pair but I thought it would be easier and more economical to add some tulle to a pair of shoes she already owned. And I kiiind of wanted to add some to a pair of my own shoes, too. It was really easy to add the tulle, and there’s no sewing required. You can do this to any pair of lace-up shoes!
3-inch wide tulle (multiple colors is more fun!)
Piece of paper
Scissors (fabric and paper)
Remove the laces from your shoes. Cut a strip of paper that fits over the tongue.
Using a pencil, mark on the piece of paper where the bottom lace holes are.
Punch holes over where you marked.
Cut your tulle. For Annie’s shoes, I cut five 5-inch strips of each color. For my own, I cut five six-inch strips of each color. The length you cut will depend on what kind of shoe you’re decorating, but no matter what you want to make sure the tulle is longer than the tongue of your shoe.
Place your strip of paper over the tulle and punch holes. Depending on how dense the tulle is weaved, this might be hard. You can always use scissors to cut small holes. The sides of the shoes will cover this part so it’s okay if it’s a little messy.
Thread your laces through the tulle.
Lace up your shoes like you normally would! At this point, you can trim the tulle to your liking. I ended up rounding off the tops, which still gave plenty of overlap.
I really love how they turned out, and like I said, I made a pair for myself, too!
Annie said, “We look like sisters.” She’s getting a cookie.
I might flip mine over and put the pink on top for a bigger pop of color.
Any questions, let me know. Have fun!