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Attaching Ribbons To Pointe Shoes & Ballet Slippers

Cut Ribbons To Size

Depending on what ribbons you are attaching you may need to cut your ribbons to size.

If you are using our cut to order from a larger role ribbon sold in 2 ¼ metre lengths cut the ribbon in half. Then each half will need to be cut in half again to get four pieces, one for each side of the shoe.

Attaching the Ribbons

  1. To attach the ribbons at the correct angle, fold the back of the shoe forward and down then mark each side of the shoe on the cotton lining in the angle made.
  2. Take one piece of ribbon and at one end fold one centimetre over once and then fold it over two centimetres again.
  3. Place the folded end of the ribbon at the marked position and sew as shown in the drawing onto the side of the shoe through the cotton lining but not through the satin. The ribbons may be angled forward if required to hold the shoe on more securely.

Tip: For extra support the ribbon can be sewn further down the shoe close to the inner sole at the same position.

Good To Know

Do not sew the ribbon through the binding as the cord cannot be adjusted and the binding may pull away from the satin.

The cord inside the binding of the pointe shoe is to adjust the tension of the width of the upper.

Tension should be adjusted while the shoe is on the foot, and tied in a double knot with the excess cord tucked into the shoe and not be visible.

Do not cut the excess of the cords off, as should the knot come undone the ends would be lost inside the binding.

Pointe Shoe Ribbon Placement Diagram

1. Ribbon
2. Heel Strap
3. Insole
4. Ribbon sewn on to cotton lining at sides of shoe