How To Sew Elastic On Ballet Pointe Shoes!

how to sew elastic on ballet pointe shoes

How To Sew Elastic On Ballet Pointe Shoes!

For ballet dancers, pointe shoes are an essential part of their performance attire. They provide the support and flexibility needed to execute difficult ballet movements. Proper fitting of the shoes is crucial, besides having ribbons on the shoes, another important element of this is sewing elastic to the shoes. Sewing elastic on pointe shoes ensures a secure fit, preventing the shoes from slipping off during a performance. 

In this guide, we’ll walk you through the steps on how to sew elastic onto ballet pointe shoes.

Tools and materials

For this DIY, you need the following tools and materials:

  • Pointe shoes
  • Elastic Mesh (usually 1/2-inch or 3/4-inch width.  Available on our website. 
  • Thread (matching the colour of the pointe shoes)
  • Sewing needle
  • Scissors

The sewing process onto the Pointe Shoes

Follow these steps for the perfect results on how to sew elastic on ballet pointe shoes:

  1.  Measure the elastic so you have the correct length
  2. Pin it to the shoe so it’s in the correct place
  3. Thread the needle with cotton that matches the color of the pointe shoe and knot the end of the thread.
  4. Stitch around the edges of both ends of the elastic taking care to only go through the lining of the shoe. Do not go through to the satin on the outside.
  5. Once the elastic is securely sewn into the shoe, knot the end of the thread and cut off any excess thread.

elastic sew

Pro tips!

In addition to the steps outlined above, there are some additional tips that can help make sewing elastic onto pointe shoes easier and more effective.

Choose the Right Elastic

There are several different types of elastic available, but not all of them are suitable for pointe shoes. Look for elastic that is specifically designed for ballet pointe shoes, as it will be strong & wide enough to provide support while still being flexible enough to move with your feet.

Use a Thimble

Sewing through the tough material of pointe shoes can be hard on your fingers. Using a thimble can help protect your fingers and make it easier to push the needle through the shoe.

Practice Makes Perfect

Sewing elastic on ballet pointe shoes can be tricky, especially if you’re new to ballet. Don’t be discouraged if your first attempts aren’t perfect. Keep practising, and soon you’ll be able to sew elastic onto your pointe shoes quickly and easily.

Check the Fit

Once you’ve sewn the elastic onto your pointe shoes, try them on and make sure they fit comfortably. You should be able to move your feet freely while still feeling supported.

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