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How to sew ribbons on Pointe shoes

March 2, 2024

Follow TAIY's simple guide to sewing ribbons and elastic on pointe shoes, and make sure your new pair of pointe shoes are secure and ready to go! 

That moment you've been waiting for has finally arrived: you're ready to start your training en pointe. But before you embark on the next step of your ballet journey, it's paramount to prepare your pointe shoes first in order for them to provide full support when (and where) you need it most. Here is everything you need to know about how to sew ballet ribbons on pointe shoes.

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After being professionally fitted at our store and purchasing your new pointe shoes, it’s time to attach the ribbons and elastic. Sewing your own pair of pointe shoes is a ritual prized by dancers for decades, and is even the preferred way for professionals too, who go through new pointe shoes weekly. Beginners, however, might wear the same pair for up to a year.

Luckily, the technique required to stitch them properly is easy to learn. Sewing the ribbons and elastic yourself by hand, compared to with a sewing machine, is also much less likely to damage the shoe. If you’re sewing for the first time, our step-by-step guide offers clear instructions for sewing ribbons and elastic onto ballet pointe shoes. 



Using a whipstitch, sew around the perimeter of the square, only going through the inner lining of the shoe. This will keep a clean-looking line on the outside of the shoe



Cut the end of the thread with a pair of scissors





Place roughly in the middle of the shoe, so there isn’t any extra or baggy material. Placement will be different from person to person, and you’ll want to find out what works and feels best on your foot. (Tip: If you're unsure, consult a TAIY pointe shoe fitter or your teacher for guidance)



Secure with a knot (perhaps two) by creating a loop and pulling the thread through

Cut the end of the thread with a pair of scissors

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