How to sequin shoes

Attaching sequins to shoes is a simple project that will add sparkle to any shoe. The best shoes to cover with sequins are inexpensive shoes, such as those made from cloth, plastic or foam. Flip flops are fun to cover in sequins as well. The way to attach sequins varies with the material of the shoe.

Thread a needle with thread that matches the sequins. Pull the end of the thread through the needle until you have two equal lengths of thread. Tie the thread together to make a knot.

Push the needle through the canvas from the inside of the shoe. Place a sequin over the thread. Stitch the sequin into place using three stitches equally distanced around the sequin.

Start a new thread every 10 sequins. This way, if the thread breaks, not all the sequins will come loose. Cover as much of the shoe as you want with the sequins in this way.

Clean the shoe with mild soap and warm water to remove any grease or dirt. Dry the shoes with a soft cloth. Make sure the shoes are completely dry before attaching any sequins.

Place a tiny bead of glue on the sequin. Press the sequin on the surface of the shoe. Place about 10 or 20 sequins at a time, then allow the glue to dry for about an hour.

Apply as many sequins over the shoe as you desire. You can overlap the sequins as much as you want for a slightly different look.

Press a straight pin into the side of the shoe to test whether the pin will go through the sole. This works best with soft soled shoes, such as flip flops. If it doesn't, you can use finishing nails, or use a hammer to tap the pin into the shoe. Make sure the head of the pin is larger than the hole in the sequin.

Add a small drop of glue to the back of each sequin. Press the sequin against the shoe.

Push or nail a pin through the hole in the sequin to hold it in place against the shoe. This will prevent the sequins from falling off as easily. If desired, you can also add a bead of glue to the pin to hold it in the shoe.

Things You'll Need

  • Cloth, foam or plastic shoes
  • Thick needle
  • Thread
  • Craft glue or super glue
  • Mild soap
  • Soft cloth
  • Straight pins
  • Finishing nails
  • Hammer
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About the Author

Brenda Priddy has more than 10 years of crafting and design experience, as well as more than six years of professional writing experience. Her work appears in online publications such as Donna Rae at Home, Five Minutes for Going Green and Daily Mayo. Priddy also writes for Archstone Business Solutions and holds an Associate of Arts in English from McLennan Community College.