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DIY "Sex and the City" Shoes Tutorial


Instead of spending lots of cash on a new pair of stilettos, make your own sexy pumps for your next night out. Let’s show some Carrie Bradshaw love and recreate the shoes that prompted the line “Hello lover…” This DIY "Sex and the City Shoes" Tutorial is the perfect prelude to cosmos and conversations with your best girlfriends.

See this project and more at Fall Fashion Help: 16 DIY Fall Fashion Trends!

Sex in the City Shoes tutorial


  • Shoes with an ankle and toe strap (you could even do this with a flat sandal, don't be afraid)
  • Ribbon
  • Coordinating Needle and Thread/Sewing machine
  • Scissors
  • Pins
  • Matches


  1. I pulled out an old pair of shoes from my closet, any shoe with an ankle and toe strap would work.
    Shoe Tutorial Photo1
  2. I decided to work with a wide, black, grosgrain ribbon. (but think tulle, organza, or suede for additional options with color and texture) Begin by measuring, on your own foot, the length of the base ribbon. This is the length from the ankle strap to the toe strap.
    Shoe Tutorial Photo2
  3. Fold the ends of the ribbon over the straps and pin in place, then sew. I used a contrasting thread to show the stitches
    Shoe Tutorial Photo3
  4. See how your ankle strap slides right through? At the bottom I stitched it in place, but you could also sew on Velcro to make it removable. Switch it out to match each outfit! Oh, we’re onto something here...
    Shoe Tutorial Photo4
  5. Now, begin cutting the ribbons for your loops. You will need 5 ribbons: 3 inches, 3 ½ inches, 4 inches , 4 ½ inches, and 5 inches in length (cut two of everything, of course). It is really important to burn the edges of each raw end of ribbon after cutting, to avoid fraying.
    Shoe Tutorial Photo5
  6. Now stitch each length into a loop. (You might be able to glue this if you aren’t sewer)
    Shoe Tutorial Photo6
  7. Now begin to attach each loop, overlapping the last, onto the base ribbon. Begin at the bottom:
    Shoe Tutorial Photo7
  8. The four ribbons should be sewn onto the base like this:
    Shoe Tutorial Photo8
  9. Now, leave your smallest loop round and tack it, from the inside bottom, onto the base ribbon, like this:
    Shoe Tutorial Photo9
  10. Tada! You really could match any dress with one basic strappy sandal. Imagine if these straps were a nude color...the possibilities!!! Carrie Bradshaw would approve. Let’s hear it… “Hello lover…”
    Shoe Tutorial Photo10

    I’ll be looking for you when you wear these babies out on the town. You’ll be the one strutting your stuff, right?
    You can find more fun tutorials each Tutorial Tuesday on my blog, www.hopestudios.blogspot.com See you then!


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