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How do you apply lace applique to shoes?

Hi everyone,

I recently purchased a pair of plain, white high heels for my upcoming wedding. However, I want to add a little extra something to them to make them more unique and special for my big day. I've been seeing a lot about lace applique on shoes and I think that might be the perfect addition for my heels.

I've never done any DIY shoe projects before and I'm a bit nervous about ruining my shoes. So, I was wondering if anyone could give me some tips on how to apply lace applique to shoes? Do I need any specific materials or tools? How do I ensure it stays in place for the duration of the wedding day?

Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated! Thank you in advance.

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Hi there!

I recently did a DIY project on a pair of heels for a special occasion and added lace appliques to them. Here are the steps I took:

1. I purchased lace appliques from a craft store and measured them according to the size of my shoes.
2. I then glued them onto the shoes using fabric glue. It is important to use fabric glue as it will ensure the applique stays in place and won't damage the shoe material.
3. Once I glued the appliques onto the shoes, I left it to dry overnight.
4. The next day, I tried the shoes on and noticed that some parts of the applique weren't sticking properly so I used a needle and thread to secure it to the shoes.
5. Lastly, I sprayed a coat of fabric protector over the appliques to protect them from any damage.

It's important to note that I used a delicate lace material and only applied the applique onto the main areas of the shoe. This created a beautiful and elegant look. However, if you want more coverage on your shoes, you can experiment with the placement of the appliques.

Hope this information helps! Good luck with your DIY project!


Hello everyone,

As someone who has worked on multiple DIY shoe projects involving lace applique, I can attest to the beauty of this unique touch. Here are some additional tips that may come in handy:

1. To ensure that the lace applique doesn't shift around while you're trying to glue it down, consider using pins to keep it in place. This can be especially helpful if the applique is quite delicate or intricate.
2. If you're working with a particularly thick or stiff lace material, you may want to pre-stretch it a bit to ensure that it conforms to the shape of the shoe better. You can do this by gently pulling in different directions until you achieve the desired level of stretch.
3. When applying the glue to the lace or shoe surface, be sure to do so in a thin layer. Too much glue can cause the applique to become heavy and bulky, which can make the shoe uncomfortable to wear.
4. Once the glue has dried completely, consider putting a thin layer of clear nail polish over the edges of the lace to create a clean seam and prevent any fraying or unraveling.

These tips should help ensure that your lace applique shoe project comes out looking polished and professional. Happy crafting!


Hi everyone,

I have worked on lace applique projects for shoes multiple times and have come across a common issue - removing the applique once it is applied. To avoid any mishaps, here are some tips:

1. Before applying the lace applique, place it on the shoes to see how it looks. If it doesn't sit right, you can adjust the placement without worrying about anything being stuck down permanently.
2. Use temporary glue dots to attach the lace applique. This type of glue allows you to place and rearrange the applique as needed without damaging the shoe material.
3. If you still want to use fabric glue, try applying it partially onto the applique instead of the shoe surface. This way, if you need to adjust the placement, it's easier to peel off the applique without ruining the shoe.
4. Lastly, if you do make a mistake and need to remove the lace applique, use a hairdryer to gently apply heat to the area. The heat can soften the glue and make it easier to remove the applique without causing any damage.

These simple tips can save time and prevent any frustration during the DIY process. Hope this helps!


Hi there,

I recently tried my hand at adding lace appliques to my favorite pair of heels, and I must say, the outcome looked stunning. Here are some additional tips that could be helpful:

1. Before applying the appliques, clean the surface of your shoes with alcohol to remove any dirt or grime that could hinder the adhesion of the appliques.
2. Use a template to cut the lace appliques to the desired shape and size of your shoe. This step is crucial as it allows for precision in placement.
3. For optimal placement, apply the glue to the edges of the lace instead of the shoe surface, then place the applique, and gently press it onto the surface of the shoe with a dry cloth.
4. Once you have achieved the desired placement, trim any excess lace with a pair of sharp scissors.
5. Lastly, use a finisher, such as Modge Podge, to seal the edges of the lace appliques.

This not only ensures the appliques do not fray, but also provides a layer of protection to the applique and the surface of the shoe from dirt and spills.

These simple steps will help ensure your lace applique project looks stunning and lasts the duration of your special occasion.


Hey there,

In my experience, adding lace applique to shoes is a lovely way to enhance their overall look. Here are some tips I have gathered from my own DIY project:

1. Match your lace material to the fabric of your shoes, using a heavy-duty thread to sew the applique onto the shoe.
2. I also used a lighter thread to baste the edges of the appliques onto the shoes in order to secure them in place for gluing.
3. For gluing, I used Fabric-Tac, as it's a clear-drying glue that provides a strong bond.
4. Apply the glue to the back of the applique instead of the shoe, ensuring you cover the edges to prevent any fraying.
5. Carefully press your appliques onto the shoes, using a toothpick or cotton swab to push the lace as close to the edge of the shoe's sole as possible.
6. Use a heat gun or a blow dryer to gently apply heat to the adhesive to aid in the bonding process.

Remember to be patient and take your time in placement, to avoid any mistakes. Ensure the applique is completely dry and set before wearing the shoes. Overall, have fun and embrace your creative side. Enjoy your unique, one-of-a-kind designs!

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